Getting Care Through the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Getting Care Through the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center

If you are a Veteran who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or suspect you have mesothelioma, get a “virtual” consult from the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Treatment and Research Center at the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Medical Center (West LA VAMC). The Comprehensive Mesothelioma Center is the ONLY specialized mesothelioma treatment center in the VA system and is headed by Dr. Robert B. Cameron.


Step 1: Inform your doctor at your local VA facility about the specialized treatment available at the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Center at the West LA VAMC. Providing the local doctor with a copy of this blog from the VA website may help, as not all VA physicians are aware of the Center.

Step 2: Ask your local doctor to contact the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Center at the West LA VAMC and request an “inter-facility” consult through the VA’s “TeleHealth” program.

The person to contact is Almaz Tesfasilase, the Cardiothoracic Surgery Case Manager at the West LA VAMC, at (310) 268 – 4543.

Step 3: Doctors at the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program will conduct a “virtual consult” by reviewing your medical records and films. They can then assist the local VA doctor with determining the precise diagnosis and recommending a course of treatment.

Step 4: If appropriate, you may be referred to the West LA VAMC for specialized treatment through the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA.

A patient referred to the West LA VAMC will have travel expenses paid for by the VA. While in Los Angeles, complimentary lodging and transportation will be arranged.

Contact the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Center at the West LA VAMC:

Almaz Tesfasilase, Cardiothoracic Surgery Case Manager, West LA VAMC

(310) 268 – 4543

11301 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA


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Online Health Care Application

Providing health care to our Nation’s Veterans is a vital service of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), one that we must persistently improve.  Through the MyVA transformation, VA is rebuilding trust with Veterans and the American people; modernizing service delivery; and setting the course for long-term, VA excellence, all while continuing to expand access to high-quality care.  Through our improvement efforts, we reviewed many of the steps Veterans must take to receive health care and found that enhancements were necessary in the initial application to better the Veteran experience by removing barriers that hinder access.


I am pleased to announce that VA will soon launch a new online health care application on  Previously,Veterans could apply for health care online, but the user experience was often frustrating.


Beginning June 30, 2016, Veterans applying for health care will be directed to the health care application on  Veterans and other stakeholders will still have access to VA Form 10-10EZ, which was originally available through the Veterans On-line Application; however, going forward, those applying for health care eligibility will use the online application or call 877-222-VETS (8387).

Please take a moment to review the new online form, and, as of June 30, 2016, begin referring Veterans interested in applying for health care eligibility to the new site.


To learn more about applying for health benefits, please visit VA’s Health Benefits webpage.