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Dr. Mark W. True is the Dean, San Antonio Uniformed
Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in San
Antonio, Texas. SAUSHEC falls under the command
structure of the Defense Health Agency’s San Antonio
Military Health System, with Brooke Army Medical Center
and the 59 th Medical Wing’s Wilford Hall Ambulatory
Surgical Center functioning as the two primary training
sites. As the Dean, Dr. True serves as the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) and Designated Institutional Official (DIO) of
SAUSHEC, overseeing the training of over 700 U.S.
military officers in 36 Graduate Medical Education (GME)
and 22 Graduate Allied Health Education (GAHE) specialty
programs. SAUSHEC prepares its graduates to lead in
serving the medical needs of the U.S. military across the
globe. As a practicing physician, Dr. True holds dual board
certifications in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology,
Diabetes and Metabolism. He is a Professor of Medicine at
the Uniformed Services University, and he has served on
multiple national academic committees, including the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical
Education’s (ACGME’s) Institutional Review Committee. He was previously the chair of the Endocrine
Society’s Clinical Endocrine Education Committee from 2018-2021. In 2016-2018, he served as chair
of the national endocrinology in-training examination, which is administered to over 600 endocrinology
fellows annually. Dr. True has published over 35 peer-reviewed medical journal articles and delivered
over 80 conference presentations, primarily in the realm of diabetes care, physician leadership
training, and the national importance of military graduate medical education.
Dr. True is a retired Air Force Colonel. He was commissioned through the United States Air Force
Academy (1987-1991). He served as a regular Air Force officer for five years as an electrical engineer
in support of Air Force Space Command’s space launch and missile testing program. Dr. True received
his medical education through the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland (1996-2000),
completed a military residency in Internal Medicine at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB,
California (2000-2003) and fellowship training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at
SAUSHEC (2003-2005). In 2006, he deployed to Sather Air Base, Baghdad International Airport, Iraq,
in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during the surge. He has served as a staff endocrinologist,
teaching faculty, flight commander and clinical service chief, founding director of the Air Force Diabetes
Center of Excellence, consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for endocrinology, program director
for the SAUSHEC Endocrinology Fellowship, Director of Graduate Medical Education for the 59th
Medical Wing, and Associate Dean for Air Force Graduate Medical Education at SAUSHEC. He
entered federal civilian service as the SAUSHEC Dean after his active duty retirement in 2019.


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