Meet the DIO

Paulette S. Wehner, M.D. was appointed as the first Vice Dean, Graduate Medical Education (GME) for Marshall University School of Medicine in July 2014. She previously served as the Senior Associate Dean of GME and in 2012, she was appointed the Designated Institutional Official (DIO). Dr. Wehner also served as the Program Director of the Adult Cardiovascular Training Program at Marshall from 1997 to 2012.

Recently, Dr. Wehner was selected by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to serve as a member of the Sponsoring Institution 2025 Task Force (SI 2025). As a member of the task force, Dr. Wehner will be representing medium-sized sponsoring institutions in a national conversation on the future-oriented clinical learning environments, and in setting and prioritizing improvement goals for medical residents. The ACGME will use the report to guide the evolution of institutional accreditation.

Dr. Wehner is very active in the American College of Cardiology as an immediate Past President of the West Virginia Chapter, as a NBME In-Training examination author, and is a member of the Women in Cardiology Council as well as the Training and Workforce Council. She also serves a member on various Committees at Marshall University School of Medicine. Dr. Wehner was appointed Professor of Medicine/Cardiovascular Services in 2003.

As a practicing Cardiologist with more than 20 years of experience, she has published several studies that characterize women's responses to health problems or interventions. Study topics include: The effect of aspirin on gender-related differences in platelet activation, Gender Differences in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department with Chest Pain, The Effects of Aging on Indices of Oxidative Stress and Apoptosis in the Female Fischer 344/Nnia X Brown Norway/BiNia Rat Heart, Health Disparity between Southern vs. Northern States w/Regards to Cervical HPV Rate and Sex Differences in Epicardial Fat Biomarkers in Patients Undergoing Coronary Bypass Graft Surgery- West Virginia Appalachian Heart Study.

Dr. Wehner was selected as the recipient of the 2014 Dean’s Excellence in Leadership Award and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. She completed an Interventional Fellowship, Adult Cardiology Fellowship and Internal Medicine at the Marshall University School of Medicine. Dr. Wehner earned a B.A. in Pre-Medicine and Psychology at the University of Notre Dame.