Dr. Dambach joined the College of Medicine in 2006 from the FIU Division of Sponsored Research where he was the Vice President for Research, helping to expand the university’s research capacity. Prior to FIU, Dr. Dambach served as the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Wayne State University. He held numerous administrative posts in the Wayne State University School of Medicine including Associate Dean for Research, Director of Graduate Programs and Assistant Dean for Medical Education. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Ohio State University and held postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia General Hospital, and in the Department of Pharmacology and the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. He brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in medical education and life sciences research to the College of Medicine.
Donna Waechter, PhD currently serves as LCME Assistant Secretary and Senior Director, LCME Surveys and Team Training at the Association of American Medical Colleges. She is responsible for working with deans of medical schools to establish timing of accreditation survey visits, selection of team members for those visits, initial and ongoing training of LCME survey team members, identification and training of new team secretaries, staffing of the LCME Standards Subcommittee, creating case-based training modules for team member workshops, and managing webinar training events. Prior to becoming the LCME Assistant Secretary in 2012, Dr. Waechter worked for 28 years in a medical school setting, first as an assistant dean of students, and later as an associate dean of medical education.