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Thomas E. Spicer -- 2002 Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Science -- 1970 -- Zoology and Physiology
Thomas E. Spicer, M.D., College of Arts and Sciences alumnus, maintains a private practice of cosmetic, reconstructive, and hand surgery in his hometown of Rock Springs, Wyoming. He is a member of the attending staff at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, where he also has served as chief of surgery (1988, 1989, 1995) and as president of the medical staff (1993).
Spicer received his M.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle, and he interned at the U.S.P.H.S Hospital, Seattle, and at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. He did his general surgery residency at the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, and completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School / Parkland Hospital, Dallas.
Outstanding in his chosen profession, Spicer has excellent academic credentials and has published numerous articles in scientific literature. He is active in the Wyoming Medical Society and served as its president in 1993. He was vigorously involved with establishing the WWAMI program and served on the admissions committee between 1996 and 2000.
Spicer’s dedication as a surgeon and a community leader earned him the 1996 Wyoming Physician of the Year Ayers Wyeth Recognition for Excellence in Community Service award, and he was named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Lipoplasty Society, the Sweetwater County Medical Society, the Montana-Wyoming Foundation for Medical Care, and the Mountain Pacific Foundation for Health care, for which he served as president in 1997. His involvement with various committees and commissions greatly magnifies his contribution to society. In this capacity he has served on the Wyoming (Governor Sullivan’s) Health Reform Commission (1993-1995), the Wyoming Integrated Network Developmental Committee (1994), the Wyoming Health Information Exchange Advisory Group (1995-1996), and the Wyoming Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee, cochair (1992-1996).
In addition to his involvement with the Rock Springs community, Spicer has maintained strong ties with the University of Wyoming. Between 1988 and 1992, he was on the UW Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and has been a member of the UW board of Trustees since 1997 and currently serves as its president. He also is an active member of the UW Foundation Board of Directors, the UW Health Sciences Strategic Planning Council, and the College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors.
College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Dave Bonner noted, “I am proud to have served alongside Tom Spicer on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. Tom is now in his second term as president of the UW Trustees, and I can’t emphasize enough the level of commitment to service that represents. It is a huge responsibility to chair the Board of Trustees, and Tom has accepted that leadership role, not once, but twice. He is well suited to the position. He is caring and thoughtful, and the thing I like about Tom is that there is no rush to judgment in his leadership style. He is thorough in his approach-probing without being pushy. Decision making is a considered process with Tom at the helm.
Tom and his wife Deborah (Debbie), a UW College of Agriculture alumna (1970), have three grown children.