Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Vera Wins John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award

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R. Mario Vera, M.D.

May 16, 2019

R. Mario Vera, M.D., assistant professor of surgery in the Division of General Surgery and director of the UME/GME Simulation Programs in the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, has won the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award for outstanding teaching in the medical school curricula.

Established in 1986, the McGovern Award is given to two faculty members each year – one for pre-clerkship teaching and one for clinical teaching. Each spring, second-, third- and fourth-year medical students vote for faculty members who have been outstanding teachers in the pre-clerkship and clinical curriculum. The names of the nominees are forwarded to the Faculty Awards Committee for approval.

Dr. Vera received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of California Davis School of Medicine in 2008 and completed his residency at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2013. He went on to do a fellowship in trauma and surgical care at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center before joining Baylor in 2014. Dr. Vera is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. His clinical and research interests are in trauma, emergency general surgery, and critical care. He has a strong commitment to teaching and mentorship of medical students and residents, especially those interested in general surgery and trauma.

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