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Karl T. Weber, MD

Karl T. Weber, MD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases

956 Court Avenue, Suite A312
Memphis, TN 38163

Phone: 901-448-5750
ktweber@uthsc.edu

Member Since: 2000


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    About Karl T. Weber, MD

    Dr. Weber is the Neuton Stern Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Cardiology Training Program of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Moravian College and his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship. After a 2-year stay at the National Institutes of Health's Artificial Heart Program, he completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at the University of Alabama College of Medicine at Birmingham. Dr. Weber joined the Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Division, at the University of Pennsylvania as Assistant Professor in 1974, later becoming tenured Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardio-Pulmonary Research Laboratories. In 1983 Dr. Weber was appointed Director of the Cardiology Division and Cardiovascular Institute of the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center and Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He joined the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center in 1990 serving as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiology through 1997.

    Dr. Weber's research interests (NIH-funded since 1974 through 2014) have focused on heart failure, its pathogenic origins and pathophysiologic expressions. Among his many scientific contributions that have advanced the practice of medicine is his pioneering work on the relevance of the heart's extracellular matrix and mechanisms responsible for cardiac fibrosis. He is an avid writer with over 600 publications. He serves on 5 international scientific advisory boards. He was elected president of the: Central Society for Clinical Research (1995-96); International Society for Heart Research, North American Section (1997-2000); and International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences/North America (IACS/NA) (2005-09). Dr. Weber is the recipient of Moravian College (1987) and Temple University School of Medicine (1998) Alumni Achievement Awards. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Makato Nagano Award for Distinguished Achievements in Cardiovascular Research and in 2014 received the Distinguished Leadership Award in Cardiovascular Sciences presented by the IACS. Dr. Weber is always eager to take the path less well-traveled. He enjoys bridge building between the basic and clinical sciences and serving as mentor to cardiology trainees.

    Over the years, Dr. Weber has enthusiastically endorsed the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI) and its mission of sharing new knowledge and promoting scholarly opportunities for young people. Much of his energies have focused on promoting the cardiovascular segment of the annual SSCI meeting. This has included: founding the Cardiovascular Club; the annual meeting of the Club held throughout Thursday to Saturday and which includes invited state-of-the-art lectures by distinguished senior clinician scientists, a Case Reports in Cardiovascular Medicine series; mentored poster session; and a Young Clinician Scientist Award competition. He has served as SSCI President (2011-12) and was honored to receive its Founder's Medal in 2012.

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