CFBRE is a non–profit corporation that works to improve the health of veterans and society by advancing the research and education mission of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

History and Purpose

The Cincinnati Foundation for Biomedical Research and Education is a 501(c)(3) non–profit corporation, established in 1991 by Congressional mandate.

The Cincinnati Foundation for Biomedical Research and Education (CFBRE) is associated with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. CFBRE’s purpose is to facilitate research and educational activities involving patients, database, personnel, and facilities at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. CFBRE provides support for researchers and educators with assistance in grant application, management, accounting, compliance, insurance, human resources, equipment purchase and maintenance.

The CFBRE Board of Directors is composed of individuals with extensive backgrounds in health care, research and technology transfer. CFBRE operates under the guidance of its Board which insures compliance with the CFBRE Bylaws and operational policies.


Ronald W. Hakes, CPM, CSSBB
Executive Director, CFBRE

3200 Vine Street, VAMC (151)
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Tel: 513.475.6403
Fax: 513.475.6415

Larry Dienger
Accountant, CFBRE

VAMC Research Service (151)
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Tel: 513.861.3100, ext. 4871
Fax: 513.475.6415

Board Members

Ralph J. Panos, M.D. — President
Associate Chief of Staff, Research & Development
VAMC Research Service

Robert Falcone, M.D. — Board Member
VAMC Chief of Staff

Linda D. Smith — Board Member
VAMC Medical Center Director

Mary L. Oden, RN, CNAA, Ph.D. — Secretary
Associate Medical Director for Education
VAMC Medical Center Director

David D’Alessio, M.D. — Board Member
UC Internal Medicine–Endocrinology

Louis J. Finkelmeier, J.D. — Board Member

Season Olson — Treasurer
Crossroads Community Church

John Wade — Board Member

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