About us 

Dorn Research Institute, also known as DRI, is an independent non-profit corporation originally established in 1997 to support the research and educational activities at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC.

The establishment of such corporations was allowed by Congress to provide a flexible funding mechanism for the receipt and administration of research and educational funds. The sole purpose of non-profit corporations housed in VA facilities is to advance the research mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs by supporting approved research and educational facilities.

DRI is a self-sustaining Internal Revenue Service designated non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation that derives its administrative and operational funding from fees, donations, and investment interest. Its research activities are conducted in accordance with VA regulations, as mandated by its Charter and Mission, and as recommended by its Board of Directors.

The purpose of DRI is to advance the research and education missions of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and specifically the Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, South Carolina through the support of research and education-related activities.



Dorn Research Institute’s vision is to be viewed as the regional leader in providing external funding and support for VA sited research.


Core Operating Values

  • Integrity: act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence with whom we engage.                                                                                                                   

  • Commitment: work diligently to save veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in DRI and VA’s mission. 


  • Advocacy: be truly veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing the interests of veterans and other beneficiaries.


  • Respect: treat those we serve and with whom we work with dignity and respect. 


  • Excellence: strive for the highest quality and continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership.                                                                                                                

  • Innovation: the application of better solutions through more effective processes, services, or technologies.                                                              

  • Growth: expand research and education initiatives to improve veterans' health outcomes.

Core Operating Values


  • Facilitate development of research in Dorn service area for the benefit of veterans.

  • Facilitate the development of collaboration with research institutes and research funders.

  • Facilitate the development of research related resources.

  • Facilitate a fully functioning Board of Directors.

Our Leadership Team

K. Sue Haddock, PhD, RN, FAAN

Board Chair

Email: Kathlyn.Haddock@va.gov

Phone: (803) 776-4000 x 6670

Executive Director

Email: Christopher.Wood2@va.gov

Phone: (803) 776-4000 x 4199

Christopher Wood, PhD
Connor Green, MHA

Administrative Officer

Email: Connor.Green@va.gov

Phone: (803) 776-4000 x 4728

(803) 776-4000 ext. 4199

6439 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia SC 29209