William S. Weintraub, M.D., FACC, the John H. Ammon Chair of Cardiology at Christiana Care and the director of the Christiana Care Center for Outcomes Research, is the recipient of the American College of Cardiology’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award for his numerous contributions to medicine and the delivery of health care. He receives the award at the College’s 60th Annual Scientific Session in New Orleans on April 4.
Dr. Weintraub is an internationally distinguished cardiologist and expert in outcomes research. He has played many key roles and made significant contributions to outcomes research, cardiology and medical informatics.
In the mid-1990s, he founded the Emory Center for Outcomes Research at Emory University in Atlanta, where he directed efforts in outcomes research in cardiovascular medicine and oversaw the Emory cardiovascular databank. While at Emory, Dr. Weintraub was appointed the first chairman of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry of the American College of Cardiology, where he currently remains on the management board. He has also served on the American Heart Association Database Executive Steering Committee and oversees other data registries.
Dr. Weintraub has participated in several leading-edge clinical trials in cardiovascular medicine. He was a principal investigator and lead author of the seminal COURAGE study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007. The study found that for patients with stable angina, stenting offered no survival benefit over optimal medical therapy.
He has specialized knowledge and skill in health status assessment and health care economics. Dr. Weintraub has been involved in the economic analysis of many trials and performed quality of life analysis for COURAGE and other trials. He was one of the first in cardiovascular medicine to develop an economic analysis alongside a clinical trial. Dr. Weintraub is currently the principal investigator of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute funded trial evaluating the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of revascularization strategies.
Active in informatics for more than 25 years, Dr. Weintraub is on the Informatics Committee of the American College of Cardiology. He oversees informatics development in cardiovascular medicine at Christiana Care.
Dr. Weintraub serves on several committees of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology.
Since joining Christiana Care in 2005, he has also been appointed professor of medicine at Jefferson University and professor of health sciences (adjunct) at the University of Delaware. Dr. Weintraub is also on the research committee and coordinating council of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance. He founded and directs the Christiana Care cardiovascular fellowship training program, the first internal-medicine fellowship in Delaware.
Dr. Weintraub has authored more than 800 scholarly articles (404 peer review) and sits on the editorial boards of many publications in the field of cardiovascular medicine, including Journal of American College of Cardiology, Journal of Invasive Cardiology and Circulation. He is a manuscript reviewer of leading peer-review publications, among them the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American Medical Association, The Lancet and Heart.