VA Maryland Health Care System
VA Maryland Health Care System Names New Chief of Social Work Service
Christopher Buser, LCSW-C, BCD, a resident of Kent Island, Md., has been named the new Chief, Social Work Service for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System. The health care system includes the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers, the Baltimore VA Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center, and six community based outpatient clinics throughout the state.
In his capacity as the Chief of Social Work Service, Buser provides clinical and programmatic oversight of 145 social workers assigned to Medicine, Surgery, Geriatrics & Extended Care, Managed Care, Women’s Health, Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury, Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND), Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Health Care for Homeless Veterans, and Community Reintegration Services. As the Chief of Social Work Service, Buser serves as the principal liaison to the VA Maryland Health Care System’s leadership on the psychosocial circumstances of Veterans and their caregivers.
Prior to his appointment as the Chief of Social Work Service, Buser served as lead social worker for the VA Maryland Health Care System’s Managed Care Clinical Center and as OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager. His career has also included nine years of service as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve, with two tours of active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Buser’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Army Achievement Medal.
Buser earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and is a Board Certified Diplomate in clinical social work. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.