Stacy Eckman, a clinical associate professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has been appointed the first chief medical officer for the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (VSCS).
The CMO position was created to help lead, encourage, and implement innovations and process improvements in the hospital for constant progress and viability, according to Jonathan Levine, the Helen McWhorter Chair, department head, and professor of VSCS.
“Some of the tasks Stacy will be helping with include supporting our telehealth initiative, process improvement, connecting faculty to the VMTH, and improving the client/rDVM experience,” Levine said. “She is already doing a great job.”
As chief medical officer, Eckman also is responsible for ensuring an optimal work environment for clinicians, staff, and students.
“In this role, I hope to continue to positively impact the referring veterinarian, client, and student experiences within the hospital,” she said.
A Bay City, Texas, native and Aggie alumna, Eckman earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2001 from Texas A&M.
She practiced in Corpus Christi after completing her DVM degree and co-owned a hospital there until 2009, when she returned to College Station to become a clinician in the Small Animal Hospital’s emergency and primary care service.
Eckman’s professional interests include emergency medicine, feline medicine, zoonotic disease, and whelping complications, and she is actively involved in communication throughout the curriculum, in the 1VM mentoring program, and on the CVM’s selections committee.