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National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study Registry - Contact Us & Staff

There are three ways to contact the study team

  1. The best way to reach us is by calling our toll-free number: 1-800-329-8387, extension 61965. This number leads directly to the VA Puget Sound main operator. Bypass the automated message by dialing extension 61965 at any time.

  2. Send mail to:
    VA Puget Sound Health Care System
    NVVLS Registry, Seattle ERIC (Mailstop: S-152-E)
    1660 S Columbian Way
    Seattle, WA 98108

  3. Researchers with general inquiries can reach us at:

    Due to VA security and privacy requirements and to protect our research participants’ information, we can’t respond to emails from NVVLS Registry members. 

If you would like to confirm the legitimacy of the NVVLS Registry 

Call the VA Puget Sound Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 1-206-277-1715. The IRB is a group at VA Puget Sound that reviews research involving humans. It makes sure that research is ethical and follows VA and federal government requirements. The IRB isn’t part of the NVVLS Registry study team.  

Scientific Staff

Nicholas L. Smith, PhD, is the Director of the Seattle ERIC, Director and Principal Investigator of the NVVLS Registry, and is also Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. His research interests include cardiovascular pharmaco- and pharmacogenetic epidemiology, clinical epidemiology, and health services research. He has been involved with VA-based epidemiologic and health services research for over a decade.

Research Staff

Akemi Miyamoto, MPH, is the Project Manager for the VET Registry. Her overall responsibilities include the day to day management of the Registry operations, general oversight of studies, and management of research staff. Akemi keeps the Registry running smoothly, ensuring it will remain successful in the future.

Samuel Cason, MA, is a Research Coordinator for the VET Registry. He coordinates the data and biospecimen repositories with responsibilities ranging from agreements preparation to preparing IRB paperwork.

Gina Chang, BS, is a Research Coordinator for the VET Registry. She supports VET Registry operations and coordinates SEOC operations to keep the Registry running smoothly.

Maurice Taylor, MS, is a Research Coordinator for the VET Registry. He supports VET Registry operations and maintenance efforts to keep the Registry running smoothly.

Lewis Greenstein, BS, is a Research Specialist for the VET Registry. He assists with coordinating Registry studies and projects and ensures Registry operations are maintained.

Tristan Casady, BS, is a Research Assistant I for the VET Registry. He assists with daily needs including study recruitment, preparing IRB paperwork, data entry, and database maintenance.