About Me

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I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M College of Medicine, then received my general surgery training at the University of Utah and my burn/critical care training at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston. My clinical practice has focused on acute burn care, critical care in burns, and burn reconstruction. I have a particular interest in advancing the clinical care of frostbite patients, and have contributed to the clinical care and body of research in this area. I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

I am currently on a sabbatical after 15 years in academic surgery and surgical education.  I’m spending this year learning more about leadership and culture, areas I have seen our profession often fall short in, and contributing to efforts to improve our organizations and profession.

I am a Past President of the Association of Women Surgeons and the Association for Surgical Education, and a past-Chair of the American College of Surgeons SurgeonsPAC Board of Directors.  I am also a member of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors. During my sabbatical time I will be working with the ASE on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and serving as a member of the ACS Physician Competency Health Workgroup.

When I’m not busy in one of my surgical and leadership activities, I enjoy spending time with my rescue animals, reading literary fiction, practicing yoga, playing in the wilderness, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen.

All opinions expressed in this blog are mine and do not represent any of the organizations or institutions with which I am affiliated.  Further, any medical content should not be construed as medical advice.

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey, Amalia! We with the JAMA Network are interested in your new adventure. Sounds fascinating. Am jealous about your being in “big sky” country, inasmuch as my big sky is limited to a view of Lake Michigan. Not complaining about that, but I can’t even relax in the park, yet. 😉

  2. Dr. Cochran,
    Howdy from Central Texas.
    My name is Rob Carpenter and I am the Director of Wellness for TAMU COM. I am a fellow surgical educator interested in leadership and professionalism. We have developed a virtual Health and Wellness Grand Rounds series for TAMUCOM. Balancing the great promise of social media with the potential negative implications of what we put out there for others. These implications now stretch well beyond personal lives and into one’s professional career/future. This is particularly true around topics related to social justice, the cross roads of public health / COVID-19 pandemic, and sexual harassment gender equality. Dr. Emily Wilson here in BCS recommended I reach out to see if you might be willing to be a highlighted speaker for a joint session hosted by the offices of Diversity, Wellness, and Learning Environment for all five COM campuses in August or early September.
    Thank you for your vision, leadership and advocacy.
    Stay safe and well.

  3. Hi Dr. Cochran, Can you add me to the slack platform for the reading group? I would like to join the discussion

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