Nicholas A. Delamere, PhD, head of the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been elected to a leadership position at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Delamere will serve a three-year term on the Administrative Board of the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS).
The CFAS represents medical school faculty and academic societies within the governance of the AAMC. CFAS provides faculty and society representatives an opportunity to be heard at a national level on a variety of issues critical to academic medicine. CFAS includes more than 300 faculty representatives appointed by member medical schools and academic societies.
“CFAS is a forum for dialogue among different stakeholders in academic medical centers across the U.S.,” Dr. Delamere said. “The CFAS Administrative Board helps guide the conversation, helping important topics such as diversity, wellness, COVID-19 responses, changes in curriculum and underserved populations get the attention they deserve. The administrative board also helps maintain lines of communication for faculty to share their opinions/recommendations in a constructive manner to the AAMC leadership.”
Dr. Delamere, who has been a UArizona Health Sciences faculty member since 2006, is the senior representative to CFAS from the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology and has served since 2016. CFAS activities are led by the elected 15-member administrative board, whose chair and chair-elect sit on the board of directors of AAMC.
Dr. Delamere leads an ocular physiology research laboratory that studies eye diseases, including cataract and glaucoma. “UArizona is an amazing institution and a world class research university. The College of Medicine – Tucson has been a source of support and my faculty colleagues have been a source of inspiration. One of the things that sets UArizona apart is the location of the College of Medicine near the main university campus. Where else can you find medical research labs working alongside engineering, optical and planetary science, evolutionary biology, the humanities, ecology, tree ring science, applied math, arid lands, and border studies? The breadth of ideas inspires creativity.”
Dr. Delamere is past president of the Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology (ACDP) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).