CINCINNATIóNeal Weintraub, MD, who has joined the University of Cincinnati (UC) as director of the division of cardiovascular diseases and Mable S. Stonehill Chair of Cardiology, got an early start in his medical career.
As a child in the small town of Albany, in southwest Georgia, he says, "I was inspired to love medical science by several people, including a neuropathologist uncle, who sent me boxes of slides of human tissue to examine under a microscope when I was just 7."
He became fascinated by molecular processes, he says, when a high school biology teacher, who was also head football coach, cared enough to find ways to offer courses in molecular biology and genetics. Thanks to that teacher, says Weintraub, he decided on a career in medicine.
Today he specializes in researching the link between inflammation, atherosclerosis and heart disease and the role of inflammation and oxidative stress in the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Weintraub received his MD from Tulane University, completed internal medicine training at Emory University and the University of Illinois, and did his fellowship training at St Louis University.
He comes to UC Academic Health Center from the University of the Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he was professor of medicine and medical director of the Heart Center at University Hospital in Iowa City.