Amber BolerDr. Amber Boler, MD, FACC

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Medicinal Education and Clinical Sciences

How did you decide to become a health care professional?
I played competitive soccer growing up and after many broken bones, torn ligaments and dislocated joints I fell in love with anatomy. I was amazed by the physicians’ ability to heal and make whole.

What does Black History Month mean to you?
Black History Month reminds me of the exceptional men and women who have made substantial contributions to society despite the astounding racial injustice. I am reminded of my grandfather who was a Tuskegee Airman, a Lt. Colonel and one of the first Black military aviators in the US Army Air Corps during a time of harsh segregation. I am also reminded that, despite the medical advancements of the past century, we continue to see significant racial and ethnic healthcare disparities. As a physician I am focused on patient education and patient empowerment to help patients take charge of their healthcare.

What most excites you about your work at WSU and beyond?
Medical school is a very exciting time. I hope to engage with students and help guide them towards a meaningful career in medicine. As a young faculty member I can offer my recent experiences which will hopefully resonate with some students. I am also excited to hopefully spark some interest in cardiology along the way.

What effect has your background as an African American had on your experiences in health care?
Being a minority healthcare provider is a very powerful gift. I have had many opportunities to engage in programs targeting socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods. These populations would otherwise have very limited access to care; it has been my experience that patients respond very well to physicians who show an understanding for their social circumstances. In similar communities I have worked to encourage education in STEM fields and offer early exposure to healthcare fields. This has had a tremendous impact on young students.

What do you hope for this next generation of health care professionals that you’re helping to train?
I hope the next generation of professionals will continue to shed light on the healthcare disparities in this country. I hope that all subspecialties will continue to diversify. I also hope that the medical training process will adjust for the growing number of physicians who value work-life balance and it will offer a reasonable approach to parental leave for both men and women.