Scientist Arthur Weiss Praised for Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring

By Patricia Yollin | July 12, 2012

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At the award celebration, are from left, Jack Stobo, MD, former mentor of Weiss, and UC senior vice president in Health Sciences and Services; Sally Marshall, PhD, vice provost in Academic Affairs, and a 2011 award recipient; Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Arthur Weiss, MD, PhD, professor of medicine in rheumatology, Jeroen Roose, PhD, assistant professor in anatomy and a Weiss mentee who nominated Weiss; and Mitch Feldman, MD, PhD, associate vice provost in Faculty Mentoring.

Over the years, internationally renowned UCSF scientist Arthur Weiss has shepherded and shaped the careers of many scientists who still treasure his straightforward manner and generosity of spirit.

Arthur Weiss, MD, PhD

Arthur Weiss, MD, PhD, celebrated his Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award with colleagues and friends at the Faculty Alumni House.

Recognizing his efforts, the UCSF Faculty Mentoring Program has given its 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award to Weiss, the Ephraim P. Engleman Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at UCSF, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

“It’s the most satisfying, humbling and rewarding award someone can achieve in academic medicine,” said Weiss, MD, PhD, at a June 20 ceremony at the Faculty Alumni House on the Parnassus campus.

It was a lively and convivial gathering, warmed by the crowd’s admiration and affection for Weiss, who has been on the UCSF faculty since 1985.

“You’re one of a kind,” said ChancellorSusan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, as she looked at Weiss, who she met 30 years ago when she arrived at UCSF to start her residency. She still remembered that first scary day.

“One of the many people who taught me a lot and helped me be less scared was Art,” said the chancellor, who wished it could be a “half-a-lifetime award” and praised Weiss as a role model for people such as herself, who love science and medicine.

“When somebody in our midst like Art takes the time and energy to be a mentor, despite a thousand things about his role that are challenging … that’s what makes UCSF a special place,” she said.

A commitment like Weiss’s “really matters” to the next generation, Desmond-Hellmann said, and is “incredibly meaningful to mentees.”

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