Dr. Jeffrey Fudin

In 1999, Terry Everett, R-Alabama, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations told a congressional panel that “there is without question a good-old-boy network within the VA” that tolerates “favoritism, cronyism, harassment, and reprisal.” He indicated that retaliation against VA whistleblowers was common and goes unpunished.

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs has and continues to provide many important quality services to veteran patients, layers of administration have condoned and engaged in covert activities that place our veterans at risk. This nation cannot afford to dishonor it’s veterans by condoning criminal activity among Department of Veterans Affairs administrators.

Because of the breadth of this problem, Dr. Fudin has engaged other Veterans Affairs whistleblowers by forming a national Veterans Affairs Whistleblower Coalition (VAWBC). The coalition consists of Veterans Affairs employees (past or present) who agree to actively lobby Congress to end government retaliation against those who expose veteran patient harm and/or abuse and/or major ethical flaws. Currently, there is a false sense of security that such protection does exisit through the services of the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). Unfortunately, the OSC is overwhelmed with such cases and is unable to completely investigate and follow-up with every filed complaint.

About the guest:
Dr. Jeffrey Fudin graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy (ACP) with his Bachelor’s degree and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1981 and 1998. He completed an American Cancer Society Fellowship in Oncology/Hematology at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. He is a board-certified Diplomate to the American Academy of Pain Management, and a member of several other professional organizations.

Aside from his expertise in pain management, Dr. Fudin has been nationally recognized as a federal whistleblower, activities for which he has received extensive national attention.

Dr. Fudin challenged the Department of Veterans Affairs in federal court for retaliation specific to his whistleblowing activities after he disclosed research violations beginning as early as 1993. For his role in defending the rights of Veterans, he and fellow whistleblower Tony Mariano were appointed Co-Grand Marshals for the May 26, 2003, Albany Memorial Day Parade by the City of Albany Joint Veterans Committee. Dr. Fudin expressed his thanks for Mr. Mariano “for his bravery in supporting me and standing up for the ethical foundation of our profession, but more importantly, no person could every repay him for his honesty and integrity that ultimately ended his federal career for standing up to the Stratton VA Administration for the sake of veterans. In my opinion, he is a true hero.”
Some veterans wore T-shirts emblazoned with whistles and, on a rainy May day, blew whistles as Dr. Fudin and a pharmacist colleague led the parade. Three weeks later, on June 16, 2003, a New York State Assembly Resolution was adopted “honoring Dr. Jeffrey Fudin for his bravery and commitment to patient care.”

His website is at www.vawhistleblower.com