Jefferson University Hospitals

Jefferson Physician Leader, Howard Weitz, MD, Recognized with Portrait



Howard Weitz, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology and the Jefferson Heart Institute and the Bernard L. Segal Professor of Cardiology, will be honored with a portrait given by his colleagues on the faculty on Thursday, January 10th.

Dr. Weitz is a career-long Jeffersonian. He received his degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1978, completed his residency as Chief Medical Resident and his fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases, all at Jefferson. He has been a practicing cardiologist and physician leader at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital since.

“Howard epitomizes the ideal physician,” says Gregory Kane, MD, professor of medicine and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine. “He is a compassionate clinician and exceptional educator.” 

Dr. Weitz made an impact on his field before even leaving medical school. He and fellow alumnus, Geno Merli, MD, now senior vice president and chief medical officer at Jefferson, became interested in techniques to lower the risk of medical and cardiovascular problems in surgical patients. Their book, “Medical Management of the Surgical Patient” has been instrumental in educating many physicians and students. Their course on the topic is now held annually in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. 

Dr. Weitz’s influence extends to his entire field. He is on the American College of Cardiology-American Heart Association-American College of Physicians task force that sets national competency and training benchmarks for the entire spectrum of cardiovascular specialties and was one of only three physicians to serve on a federal commission convened to identify opportunities to stabilize and strengthen healthcare delivery to the poor. 

In February 2012, he was recognized with the American Heart Association’s Edward S. Cooper Award, presented to a physician, researcher or medical professional whose outstanding contributions to the field improve the daily lives of the residents of the Philadelphia region. 

While he considers himself an “in the trenches” clinician caring for patients, he has certainly had an impact on the field, both locally and nationally.

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