Women Veterans - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Women Veterans

Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of veterans benefits. VA actively encourages women to utilize the benefits due them.

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center recognizes the importance of the contributions made by women Veterans in the service to their country and the price many have paid to preserve our freedoms.

Services Include: 

  • Women’s Health Center
  • Menopause management and hormone replacement therapy
  • Gender specific care and education
  • Cancer screening
  • Gynecology services
  • Breast exams and mammography. Schedule an appointment by calling 713-791-1414, extension 22471 or 22594. Or you can walk-in every Friday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. No appointment required! Women age 40 and over are eligible for an annual screening mammogram.
  • Reproductive health care
  • Pap Smears
  • Contraceptive services
  • Osteoporosis evaluation and treatment
  • Prosthetic services
  • Infertility evaluation and limited treatment
  • Maternity care benefits
  • Counseling and treatment for sexual trauma and assault occurred during military service
  • PTSD and Substance abuse treatment and counseling
  • Readjustment counseling
  • Women's Inpatient Specialty Environment of Recovery (WISER) 

For Women Veterans, VA is Here

Women Veteran Program Managers are available at each VA Medical Center nationwide to assist women Veterans and coordinate services. Women Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center.

Women Veterans are assigned to a designated Women’s Health Primary Care Provider who can provide general primary care and is specially trained or experienced in women’s care.

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Whole Health - It's All About You

VA’s Whole Health System offers women Veterans proactive and personalized health care—empowering you to achieve your greatest level of health and well-being. Whole Health means the Whole You. From integrative health approaches like stress reduction, nutrition, and health coaching, to traditional clinical care and complementary health approaches—your journey to Whole Health starts here.

Well-Being Programs

Proactive, integrative health approaches such as:

  • Health coaching
  • Mind-body therapies and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Peer support and community resources
  • Programs to stop smoking
  • Physical therapy and chiropractic services

General Health

You will be at the center of a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). A provider, nurse, and others will engage with you to manage your health care.

  • Primary care: includes general medical care for acute and chronic conditions, such as chronic pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes
  • Preventive care: includes immunizations and cancer screenings, such as mammogram, Pap, and colonoscopy
  • Gender-specific care
  • Birth control
  • Family planning and preconception counseling
  • Maternity and newborn care (first 7 days after birth)
  • Osteoporosis screening and management

Gynecology Health Services

Evaluation and treatment for:

  • Abnormal Pap test
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancers

Mental Health

Evaluation, counseling, and treatment for:

  • Depression, mood, and anxiety disorders
  • Alcohol and drug use and addiction
  • Coping with illness
  • Intimate partner violence/sexual and domestic abuse
  • Military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Parenting and caregiver concerns
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress adjustment from deployment

Specialty Care

  • Management of chronic or complex conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and fibromyalgia, as well as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis
  • Surgery programs available at most Medical Centers
  • Rehabilitation, homebound, and long-term care VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy

VA referrals are given to those in need of rehabilitation therapies, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, exercise therapy, recreational therapy, and vocational therapy.


Rola El-Serag, MD
Medical Director of Women's Health Program

Deleene S. Menefee, PhD
Women Veterans Program Manager
713-791-1414 Ext. 28314

Marlene Cano, BSN, RN-BC
Maternity Care Coordinator
713-791-1414 Ext. 25773

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Extensions 22471 or 22594

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