Nicholas A. Delamere, PhD, head of the department of physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, has been elected to a leadership position with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Delamere will serve a three-year term on the board of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS).
The CFAS represents medical school faculty and academic societies in the governance of the AAMC. The CFAS offers faculty and society representatives the opportunity to be heard at the national level on a variety of issues critical to academic medicine. The CFAS includes more than 300 faculty representatives nominated by member medical schools and academic societies.
“CFAS is a forum for dialogue among various stakeholders in academic medical centers across the United States,” Dr. Delamere said. “The CFAS Board of Directors helps steer the conversation, helping important topics such as diversity, wellness, COVID-19 responses, program changes, and underserved populations get the attention they deserve. The Board also helps maintain lines of communication for faculty to constructively share their opinions/recommendations with AAMC management. »
Dr. Delamere, who has been a member of the UArizona Health Sciences faculty since 2006, is the senior CFAS representative of the Association of Physiology Department Chairs and has served since 2016. The activities of the CFAS are governed by the elected 15-member Board of Directors, with the President and President-Elect serving on the AAMC Board of Directors.
Dr. Delamere runs an ocular physiology research laboratory that studies eye diseases, including cataracts and glaucoma. “Arizona is an incredible institution and a world-class research university. The College of Medicine – Tucson has been a source of support and my faculty colleagues have been an inspiration. One of the things that sets UArizona apart is the College of Medicine’s location near the main university campus. Where can you find medical research laboratories working alongside engineering, optical and planetary sciences, evolutionary biology, humanities, ecology, tree-ring science, applied mathematics, earth arid and border studies? Diversity of ideas inspires creativity.
Dr. Delamere is Past President of the Association of Directors of Physiology Departments (ACDP) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).