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Dr. Amy Waer appointed as Dean of Texas A&M University College of Medicine
Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young and Provost and Executive Vice President Carol A. Fierke today announced the appointment of Amy Waer, M.D., F.A.C.S, as dean of the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Dr. Waer will transition from her duties as interim dean to her new role Jan. 1.
While in the interim dean role since September 2019, Dr. Waer has continued to serve as executive dean for education and academic programs for the college. She started in the College of Medicine in February 2018 as the vice dean of education and academic programs.
Dr. Waer joined Texas A&M University after several decades of surgical experience and graduate/undergraduate medical education expertise from private group general surgery practice in Virginia followed by 14 years at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.
She served in multiple roles while in Arizona including as surgery clerkship director, surgery residency program director, chair of general surgery, chief medical officer, medical director for the Arizona Telehealth Program, associate dean for curricular affairs, and the interim assistant vice president of interprofessional education, collaborative practice and community engagement.
Dr. Waer earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona. Her research and clinical interests have focused on general surgery, surgical oncology around breast cancer, surgical education and medical education. More specifically, her scientific translational and clinical research has centered on breast cancer prevention and early detection.
A noted scholar and educator, Dr. Waer holds numerous certifications, including being a member of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is also recipient of numerous awards for her contributions to medical education and curriculum design including, Charles W. Putnam Teaching Award, as voted by her peers, Award for Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching, and induction into Texas A&M College of Medicine’s Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators. More recently she was the first Texas A&M College of Medicine individual to be accepted in the nationally recognized Drexel University Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship for 2020/2021.
Dr. Amy Waer - Bio
Amy Waer, MD, serves as the interim dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Since 2018, she has served as the executive dean of education and academic programs for the college. In that role, she oversees all medical education and delivery for the college across all campuses. She works to ensure the quality of instruction as well as student success.
Before her tenure at Texas A&M, Waer spent several decades gaining surgical experience and medical education expertise. She has been recognized throughout her academic career with awards that honor her teaching and ability to serve as a role model. She held the position of director of the surgery clerkship at the University of Arizona for five years, during which time the clerkship was twice recognized for excellence with the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Teaching by a Clerkship or Elective in the Clinical Sciences.”
She oversaw the Rural Health Professions Program at the University of Arizona, traveling throughout Arizona conducting site visits and recruiting for the rural faculty preceptors. For two years, she also held the role of medical director for the Arizona Telemedicine Program.
Waer received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Arizona. Her research and clinical interests have focused on surgery, surgical education and breast surgery. More specifically, her research has centered on breast cancer prevention and early detection.
About the Texas A&M University College of Medicine
Founded by the Teague-Cranston Act, Texas A&M University College of Medicine was created to serve the underserved populations of Texas with the core values of Texas A&M University. Today, we are leading the way for 21st century medicine through research, clinical care, medical education, community impact and innovation.
TAMUCOM AREAS OF EXCELLENCE:
- Rural and population health
- We’re bringing health care where it’s needed most. Through our keen focus on rural populations and innovative care delivery, we’re eliminating health disparities throughout Texas.
- Military medicine
- We honor Texas A&M University’s rich military legacy. Through our unique relationship with the military academies and veteran populations, we’re improving the lives of military members and their families.
- We make the impossible, possible—by creating systems and technologies that address health care’s greatest challenges, and bringing together the brightest minds in health care and engineering.
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