Matthew Weinger, MD, MS

Biomedical Informatics
Medical Education

Dr. Weinger holds the Norman Ty Smith Chair in Patient Safety and Medical Simulation and is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical Education at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He also serves as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology. For Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS) and the Director of Research for the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA). He a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Risk and Reliability) in Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

Dr. Weinger has been teaching and conducting research in human factors engineering and human-centered design in healthcare, clinical informatics, patient safety, healthcare simulation, and decision making for three decades. His current interests are in the design and implementation of technology and systems that improve the ability of clinicians and patients to enhance individual and population health. He has received more than $12 million in direct research support from federal agencies and major non-profit foundations; He has been on more than 50 grants & contracts (including 14 as PI). Dr. Weinger has more than 200 publications; His published work has been cited more than 4000 times and has an H-index of 31. A strong advocate for training and mentoring, he has mentored 21 post-doctoral fellows, 81 pre-doctoral students, and numerous junior faculty.

In 2018, Dr. Weinger received the J. S. Gravenstein Award for lifetime achievement from the Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA). In 2014, he received the Laufman-Greatbach Award of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation “in recognition of leadership and dedication to medical instrumentation, service, patient care, and patient safety.” He is Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), a member of the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), and the Secretary of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF).

Dr. Weinger received a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a Master’s degree in Biology (neurosciences) from Stanford University in 1978. He completed his MD degree at the University of California–San Diego in 1982 and did his anesthesiology residency training at the University of California–San Francisco.

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