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Dr. Robert Wah is elected trustee of The McKnight Brain Research Foundation

Published: September 25th, 2012

Category: News

Robert M. Wah, MD, a reproductive endocdnoiogist and obstetrician and gynecologist was elected trustee of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation at its board meeting on August 8, 1012.

He is on the faculty at the Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and the National Institutes of Health. As division head and vice chairman of the Navy’s largest ob-gyn training program, Dr. Wah was voted Teacher of the Year. Under his leadership, the first military In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) program on the West Coast was started. Dr. Wah has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, University of California, San Diego, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

A nationally recognized expert in health information technology, Dr. Wah is chief medical officer for Computer Sciences Corporation, Public Sector. He works with public agencies using technology to deliver better information for better decisions. In 2009 he was voted No. 9 of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare magazine, and was featured on the cover of Washington Technology. Dr. Wah previously served as associate chief information officer for the Military Health System in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2008, Dr. Wah graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Wah served as the first deputy national coordinator in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), working with the HHS Secretary to advance the president’s executive order to have electronic medical records for most Americans by 2014.

A member of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates for 17 years, Dr. Wah has served as chair of the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development and served as the elected chair of the Board of Trustees of the AMA from June 2011 to June 2012. He has also served as the elected national chairman of the Junior Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), before serving as chair of the AMA Young Physicians Section. He served on the ACOG Executive Board and Health Care Commission and is active in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and the Medical Society of Virginia.

Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Wah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s in chemistry and received his MD from the Oregon Health Sciences University. He did his ob-gyn residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, and reproductive endocrinology fellowship at Harvard in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Wah served more than 23 years on active duty as a captain in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in both ob-gyn and reproductive endocrinology.

The purpose of the MBRF is to promote research and investigation of the brain in the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance to the problems of age related memory loss. Dr. Wah’s background and experience make him uniquely qualified to serve as trustee of the MBRF.

Dr. Wah will serve with the current trustees, Dr. J. Lee Dockery, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Michael L. Dockery, Charlotte, NC; Dr. Nina Ellenbogen Raim, Miami Beach, FL; Dr. Gene G. Ryerson, Gainesville, FL, and Melanie Cianciotto, Corporate Trustee, Orlando, FL. in their role of fulfilling the purpose of the Foundation in promoting research of brain in age related memory loss with the goal of preventing, delaying or developing therapies for the cognitive decline associated with the normal aging process.

Dr. Wah and his wife, Debra Ann, have one daughter and reside in McLean, VA.