studio portrait of Dr. Paula Shireman

Shireman named Texas A&M College of Medicine executive associate dean

Dr. Paula Shireman assumes new role April 6
March 31, 2022

Paula K. Shireman, MD, MS, MBA, has been named executive associate dean of the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. She will assume her new role April 6.

Prior to joining the College of Medicine, Shireman served as an academic vascular surgeon and physician-scientist in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC-San Antonio) and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System for more than 20 years. She was a tenured professor in the Departments of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology at UTHSC-San Antonio and held the Dielmann Chair of Surgery endowment.

Shireman earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine before doing her residency training in surgery at Northwestern University. Following that, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in vascular surgery research at Loyola University Chicago. In addition, she earned her master’s degree in clinical investigation from UTHSC-San Antonio and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. She is board certified in general surgery, vascular surgery, clinical informatics and wound care.

Her research interests include angiogenesis, muscle regeneration, extremity injuries and outcomes of vascular trauma. She performs open and endovascular procedures and trains residents and medical students. She studies the long-term outcomes of service members with extremity vascular injuries to improve battlefield treatments and transitions of care between the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs. She is the principal investigator for grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense studying the effect of social risk factors and frailty on outcomes in surgical patients. She has extensive experience in team building, clinical informatics, research and administration. Her interests include predictive modeling, machine learning and simulation. She was a member of the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Episode-Based Cost Measure Clinical Subcommittee to develop measures for Peripheral Vascular Disease Management and chair of the Clinical Subcommittee Workgroup for Hemodialysis Access Creation.

Shireman was a multi-principal investigator of the Institutional Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) at UTHSC-San Antonio. She serves on the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Review Board for the National Institutes of Health.

Additionally, she is a fellow of the American Heart Association and American College of Surgeons and a distinguished fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

— Gracie Blackwell

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