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ACP Names Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, Head of Key Division

PHILADELPHIA -- (Nov. 20, 2003) The American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of doctors of internal medicine, today named Steven E. Weinberger, MD, FACP, eminent Harvard professor and teacher, senior vice president of its Medical Knowledge and Education Division. This division is responsible for much of the educational and programmatic content generated by ACP, including postgraduate courses, Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment programs, clinical practice guidelines, electronic product development, electronic publishing, and the publishing and administration functions of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Weinberger is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he also serves as faculty associate dean for medical education. He is also executive vice chair of the department of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and executive director of the Carl J. Shapiro Institution for Education and Research, an organization affiliated with both Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"ACP is excited to have Dr. Weinberger for this key position in the American College of Physicians," said John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP, ACP executive vice president and chief executive officer. "He brings experience as an excellent medical educator and leadership skills from one of the nation's best medical schools and finest hospitals, and a solid research background to head ACP's education and information efforts."

Weinberger, who is board-certified in pulmonology and critical care medicine, is the author of many articles and book chapters on medical education and pulmonary disease. His textbook, Principles of Pulmonary Medicine, is in its fourth edition. He developed the widely used computer-based clinical training program, UpToDate in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He has received numerous teaching awards at Harvard Medical School as well as the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Weinberger's clinical and research activities have centered around pulmonary and critical care medicine. He is a leading expert on interstitial lung disease, especially sarcoidosis, and has published widely on this subject. He maintains an outpatient practice of referrals of patients with complicated interstitial lung disease.

Weinberger earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in chemistry and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Princeton University. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1973, obtained his post-doctoral training in internal medicine with a pulmonary specialty, and joined the Harvard faculty in 1978.

ACP is the second-largest physician group in the United States. Its 115,000 members include internists, related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults.

Contact: Susan Anderson, 215-351-2653 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2653 E-mail: sanderson@acponline.org

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