The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching is made possible by a generous grant from the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. At Drexel, nominations are made by the colleges and schools, and two recipients are selected by the provost and deans as demonstrating outstanding commitment to the life of the mind and the well-being of students.
Michael Weingarten, MD, MBA, is a professor of surgery, chief of vascular surgery and medical director of the Drexel Comprehensive Wound Healing Program. He joined the College of Medicine in 2001.
This year's College of Medicine recipient is a consummate physician and educator who has inspired medical students for decades through his unrivaled surgical expertise as well as his thoughtful and compassionate bedside care for patients. As a course director and educational leader, he has consistently designed and implemented innovative educational programs. He was ahead of his time as a physician, committed to advancing his understanding of health care economics in the early 1990s. He earned his MBA degree and quickly became a pioneer in this area of medical education, creating one of the earliest longitudinal medical school curricular programs in the "Business of Healthcare" here at Drexel Med.
Our awardee has also demonstrated a long and robust track record in research. Most recently, he has worked collaboratively with investigators from Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems on a $3 million, NIH-funded project studying the effectiveness of ultrasound in chronic wound healing.
He leads by example, holding himself and his students to the highest standards of knowledge, skills and patient care. He gives back not only as an educator but also in service to patients, both locally and globally. He has volunteered as a surgeon in Haiti following the devastating earthquake and at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where he has cared for wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Please join us in congratulating this year's deserving recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, Dr. Michael Weingarten.