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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Medical Center

50 Irving Street NW

Washington, DC 20422

June 3, 2010

Mr. Roy Morris, Esq.


PO Box 100212
Arlington, VA 22210

Dear Mr. Morris:

This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request


dated February 122010 , received in my office on April 1 and referred to as 10­
05012-F. You requested the following records from the Veterans Administration
concerning the physician/researcher Dr. Michael H. Pfeiffer who was recently
hired at the neurological clinic at the Veterans Administration Hospital in
Washington DC:

1. The application of Dr. Michael H. Pfeiffer for employment at the VA

Hospital,

2. Any records regarding the hiring of Dr. Michael H. Pfeiffer's at the VA


Hospital,
3. Records relating to Dr. Michael H. Pfeiffer's position, hire, date,

compensation, grade, and responsibilities at the VA Hospital,

4. Records relating to Dr. Michael H. Pfeiffer's qualifications to practice as a


physician at the VA Hospital, including but not limited to his medical
school transcripts,
5. Records evidencing any medical license held by Dr. Michael H. Pfeiffer,
6. Records relating to any of the pending complaints filed against Dr. Michael
H. Pfeiffer at the DC Board of Medicine and/or the Virginia Board of
Medicine,
7. Records describing any studies ,experiments, clinical trials, or other
research activities in which Dr. Michael H. Pfeiffer is or plans to be
involved,
8. Any engagements or contracts that Dr. Michael H. Pfeiffer might have with
other government agencies, including but not limited to any intelligence
agencies.

We have enclosed a copy of the requested records for items 2-4. Items 5-6 are of

public record and can be viewed at the following websites:

http://dhp. virginia.gov/medicinel http://www.docboard.org/docfinder.html

We have no information regarding items 7-8.

However, we are withholding all information which, if disclosed, would constitute


a clearly unwarranted invasion of an individual's personal privacy under FOIA
Exemption 6 [5 U.S.C. § 552 (b)(6)].

This request was processed by the undersigned. You may appeal the
determination made in this response to:

General Counsel (024)


Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20420

If you should choose to file an appeal, please include a copy of this letter with
your appeal and clearly indicate why you disagree with our determination.

Enclosure
PFEIFFER,MICHAEL H NEUROLOGY DUTY STATION: 688
T&L: ~
LAST PP: 10 POSITION INFORMATION PAGE 1
LABOR DIST CODE-1 COST CTR/ORG 82352223 NEUROLOGY
PAY PLAN
OCCUPATION SERIES & TITLE 060258
a PHYSICIAN
ASSIGNMENT
,
/
FUNCTIONAL CODE ... CLINICAL PRACTICE,
COUNSELING &
ANCILLARY MEDICAL
SERVICES
GRADE 15
STEP 01
SALARY 97,987.00
PAY BASIS 1 PER ANNUM
DUTY BASIS 1 FULL-TIME
FLSA
NORMAL HOURS
POSITION NUMBER 000000
COMPETITIVE LEVEL 000
SUPERVISORY LEVEL o
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- DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAI'
MEDICAL CENTER
50 Irving Street NW
Washington DC 20422

In Reply Refer To: 688(llE)

VAMC
50 Irving Street, NW
Medical Staff Office, 4C 105
Washington, DC 20422

Attn: Dr. Michael Herbert Pfeiffer

This letter will serve to advise you of the disposition of your request for privileges
or scope of practice at The Washington, D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center in
the Department of Neurology.

_X__ Approved as requested (Copy attached).

Effective Date: From 6/17/2009 to 6/16/2011

_ _ _ Approved with amendment(s) (Copy Attached).

Effective Date: From ------------ to -------------

Denied (See attached explanation).

Deferred (See attached explanation).

If you have questions in reference to the information attached please contact the
Medical StaffCredentialing office, Rona Sebastian (202)745-8000 x 5257, Lewis
Beasley (202)745-8000 x 5088, Brenda Talley-Smith (202) 745-8000 x 5530 or
Felicia Shearin (202)745-8000 x 7853. Please remember that you may not work
more than 2 years under your current privileges or scope of practice.

Lewis C. Beasley
Program Specialist, Medical Staff Office
Effective Date:

VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER. WASHINGTON, DC


INITIAL CLINICAL PRIVILEGES APPLICATION

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Category of~taff Membership:
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I I Consultant I IOn-Station Fee Basis
I IOn-Station Sharing Agreement I IOn-Station Contract
Request for Approval of Privileges:

( request approval for the Clinica PriV~1 indic ted on the attached form.

Signature of Applicant L--t/'lt--J Date 17 111t/"h;." '1


SERVICE CHIEF:

After careful review and consideration of the applicant's credentials, clinical competence information and health starus, I:

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___ Recommend Approval alii requellited.

_ _ _ _ Recommend Approval with the roUowin~ deletions or modifications:

_ _ _ _ Deletions: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

_ _ _ _ Modifications: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __

EXECUT?,i COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL STAFF:

___V__Recommend Approval of Service Chief Recommendation


_ _ _ _ Recommend Disapproval of Service Chief Recommendation
(Use attachment for ?1la;~on)

Signarure (~,:n ~j/~-'Date~I1~Io-+-f_


~P'erson ' y

ACTION BY APPROVING AUTHORITY:

~pprove clinical privileges as reconunended by the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff.
_ _ _ _ Disapprove clinical privileges as reconunended

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Medical Center Director

Request for Privileges


Neurology Service, Washington, VAMC

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It is assumed that all physicians in Neurology Service are requesting privileges in
Neurology. As such, aU clinicians are assumed to be competent to do the following
procedures in any setting:

Insertion of nasogastric tube without wire Peripheral IV lines


Intradermal injection ECG - perform
Subcutaneous injection Suture removal
Urinary cather insertion (male & female) Venopuncture

You may request privileges for the following procedures considered to be in the realm of
Neurology. Do not select your setting. Your Section or Service Chief is responsible for
selecting the setting of your approved privileges.

Care:'.' , ~PliiClEiI" Procedure


in,?ly~!!!"i~'i:,
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Arleri~1 puncture

Arthrocentesis

Paracentesis

Thoracentesis

Lumbar puncture x
Skin biopsy

Sigmoidoscopy

ECG interpretation

EEG performance and \ /'


Interpretation(including )<...

Evoked (all)
Performance and \. /
Int...rr\rl>tl'ltit"\n /'
EMG performance and
interpretation

eep study
Performance/interpretation

Botox

Vagal other
stimulator programming
Badofen Pump
programming

Nerve Blocks
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