She replaces Carrie Byington, M.D., who left to become executive vice president of the University of California’s UC Health. Byington began serving as the medical school’s dean in January 2017, when she also began her tenure as vice chancellor for health services of the Texas A&M University System and as senior vice president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
Waer, who assumed the position on Sept. 1, has served as executive dean for education and academic programs for the College of Medicine since 2018. In this role, she led all medical education planning and delivery for the college across five educational sites across Texas, including Houston. She worked to ensure the quality of instruction, student success and student clinical rotations.
She joined Texas A&M after several decades of surgical experience and medical education expertise with the University of Arizona Health Sciences College of Medicine.
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. Her research has targeted breast cancer prevention and early detection.
A national search for the permanent dean begins this semester upon the formation of the search advisory committee in accordance with Texas A&M University policy.
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