Charles W. Sanders, M.D., has been appointed to serve as interim head of the Department of Humanities in Medicine in the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center (HSC). Sanders will assume his responsibilities on May 1, 2003, for a one-year term, or until a permanent department head is selected. The announcement was made Monday, April 21, 2003, by Dean of the College of Medicine, Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H.
The position for head of the Department of Humanities in Medicine became vacant in December 2002 when R. Dennis Bastron, M.D., took a position at the University of Arizona as chief of anesthesia at the Tucson VA.
Sanders is highly regarded as a physician and faculty member. He is an OB/GYN physician at Scott & White in College Station and is jointly appointed as an associate professor in the college’s Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Humanities in Medicine. Sanders is also the course coordinator for the college’s “Becoming a Clinician” course in obstetrics and gynecology and teaches the introduction to surgical skills course to second year medical students.
Sanders graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston in 1977 and received his M.D. degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio in 1981. He served his residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scott & White Memorial Hospital / Texas A&M University College of Medicine in Temple, Texas, from 1981 to 1985, and was chief resident in 1984-85. Sanders has received numerous honors and awards, including the “Student’s Friend Award” from the Class of 1996 medical students, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics, a College-level Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from Texas A&M?s Association of Former Students and a Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Medicine.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center serves the state as a distributed, statewide health science center which has a presence in communities throughout Texas. The health science center includes five components which are dedicated to meeting the highest standards in health education, outreach and research: the College of Medicine, Baylor College of Dentistry, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology and the School of Rural Public Health.

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