Paula M Termuhlen, MD

Paula M Termuhlen, MD
Paula M Termuhlen, MD

The Hal B. Jenson MD Dean

Professor, Department of Surgery

Contact Information

1000 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Department of Surgery


Paula Termuhlen, MD, FACS, is Dean and Professor of Surgery at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Kalamazoo, Dr. Termuhlen was the regional dean for the Duluth Campus at the University of Minnesota Medical School since 2015, serving more than 130 students in their first two years of medical school and 50 faculty educators and scientists in the mission of training physicians for rural and Native American communities. Prior to that, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. She served as a general surgery residency program director at Wright State University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. She was also vice-chair of the Department of Surgery at Wright State University. While at the Medical College of Wisconsin, she led the development team for the creation of two new regional campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin.

Dr. Termuhlen is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed her general surgery training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and a surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is widely published in surgical oncology and surgical education. Dr. Termuhlen is a past president of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and an inaugural member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. Additionally, she has served in a variety of roles for the American College of Surgeons, Association of American Medical Colleges, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, National Board of Medical Examiners United States Medical Licensing Examination.