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Peter Kaboli, MD, MS

Peter Kaboli, MD, MS
Executive Director, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Rural Health (ORH)

Peter Kaboli, MD, MS was named Executive Director in January 2024. Dr. Kaboli leads ORH's portfolio of partnerships with clinical program offices, research initiatives, and a strong innovation program of Rural Promising Practices and Enterprise-Wide Initiatives that are disseminated across Veterans Health Administration to increase access to care for hundreds of thousands of rural Veterans.

Dr. Kaboli also oversees the activities of five Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers (VRHRCs) in Iowa City, Iowa; Salt Lake City, Utah; White River Junction, Vermont; Gainesville, Florida; and Portland, Oregon. ORH’s VRHRCs serve as hubs of rural health care research, innovation, and dissemination. Dr. Kaboli ensures that ORH fulfils its legislative mandate as outlined in 38 USC § 7308 to conduct rural Veteran focused research, create innovative solutions to rural Veteran access challenges, and disseminate those solutions system-wide.

Dr. Kaboli is a core investigator with the Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) Center of Innovation; a hospitalist at the Iowa City VA Healthcare System; and a professor of internal medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

He earned his BS in biology, MS in epidemiology, and his MD from the University of Iowa. He completed his residency at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1998 along with his General Medicine Fellowship and VA Quality Scholars Fellowship at the University of Iowa/Iowa City VA Medical Center in 2000. 

He has held leadership positions as Chief of Medicine, Iowa City VA Healthcare System; a Veterans Rural Health Resource Center (VRHRC) Director; and Senior Scholar of the VA Quality Scholars Fellowship program.

Dr. Kaboli’s research interests include health care access, rural health, inpatient medical care quality, development of valid methods for measuring medication appropriateness, and interventions to optimize medication delivery to vulnerable Veteran populations.