Timothy J. Richardson was appointed Chief of Staff of the VA Medical Center, Togus in September 2000 with the challenge of improving access to primary and specialty medical care services for veterans in Maine. Additionally, he is working to further improve the Palliative and End-of-Life care provided to Maine veterans. Togus operates a medical center offering a broad range of primary and specialized services in Medicine, Surgery, Mental Health, and Geriatrics and Extended Care, and five community-based clinics offering Primary Care services to veterans in areas remote from the medical center. Dr. Richardson is a native of Bethany, Connecticut. He completed his pre-medical studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine where he received a BA degree in Biology and English. He received his M.D. degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where he was elected a member of the AOA Medical Honor Society. Prior to his VA appointment, he was in private practice in Internal Medicine in Waterville, Maine and served as Assistant Director of the Dialysis Unit at Mid-Maine Medical Center. Dr. Richardson joined the VA in 1986 as a staff physician in Ambulatory Care at Togus and was the Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care from 1991 until he assumed the Chief of Staff position. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with additional certification in Geriatric Medicine. He has been an active participant and advocate for the Literature & Medicine group at Togus VAMC, and is an advisor for the effort to involve Literature & Medicine program in VA hospitals across the country.