Weinberger recognized by AHRQ for excellence in mentoring

May 26, 2005
CHAPEL HILL – Dr. Morris Weinberger, a faculty member of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), has won the 2005 John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) the health services research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Weinberger is the Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management in the School of Public Health’s department of health policy and administration and senior research career scientist at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The award, to be presented June 25 in Boston, recognizes faculty serving in a mentoring capacity at institutions participating in training programs of the National Research Service Award (NRSA). AHRQ awards NRSA fellowships and training grants to develop health services research training opportunities across the nation.

Weinberger was nominated by those he has mentored in the AHRQ fellowship programs at both UNC and Duke University. Nominators described him as “a model of integrity, professionalism and leadership,” “honest, reliable, understanding and fun,” and “simply tireless.”

“Dr. Weinberger instills in all his protigies a real appreciation of the opportunity for health services research to make significant contributions to the clinical care of patients, administrative decisions and macro-level policy making,” said Dr. George Jackson, postdoctoral fellow at Duke University and Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and an alumnus of the UNC School of Public Health.

Dr. Timothy Carey, director of UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the AHRQ Fellowship at UNC, was one of Weinberger’s colleagues.

“Many young faculty in universities around the country have been mentored by Morris, and they uniformly speak of his energy, support and innovative approach to problem-solving,” said Carey, who was an Eisenberg award winner in 2003. “He is interested in the growth of students as researchers and as professionals. Morris’ legacy will not just be the papers he has authored or the research he has led, it will be the several generations of researchers whose work he has supported.”

The award was named for the late Dr. John M. Eisenberg, the director of AHRQ from 1997-2002, and the first recipient of the award in 2001.

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