Amy Waer

Waer named Texas A&M College of Medicine interim dean

National search for permanent dean to begin next year
August 19, 2019

Amy Waer, MD, FACS, has been named interim dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine. She will assume duties of this position Sept. 1. As interim dean, she will report to Carol A. Fierke, PhD, Texas A&M provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and to the current Texas A&M University Health Science Center interim senior vice president, Greg Hartman, for coordination of clinical, research administration and health collaborations.

Waer has served as executive dean for education and academic programs for the College of Medicine since 2018. In that capacity, she has led all medical education planning and delivery for the college across five educational sites around Texas. She worked to ensure the quality of instruction, student success and student clinical rotations.

Waer joined Texas A&M after several decades of surgical experience and medical education expertise with the University of Arizona Health Sciences College of Medicine. She most recently served as associate dean of curricular affairs before joining Texas A&M.

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.

Her administrative experience will assist the College of Medicine in supporting faculty and student success and completing the upcoming accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

A noted scholar and educator, 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 the recipient of numerous recognitions for her contributions to medical education and curriculum design, including the 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.

A national search for the permanent dean will begin in spring 2020 upon the formation of the search advisory committee in accordance with Texas A&M University policy.

— Christina Sumners

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