May 07, 2015

New faculty will fill leadership roles in clinical enterprise and residency in Tuscaloosa

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WeidaThomas Weida, M.D.Thomas Weida, M.D. joins the University of Alabama College of Community Health Science, which serves as the School of Medicine’s Tuscaloosa Regional Campus, this summer as associate dean of Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, assuming a major leadership and administrative role, in the College’s clinical enterprise. His wife, Jane Weida, M.D., also joins the CCHS this summer as associate director of the University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, where she will help to oversee the program.

Both will also have academic appointments in the Department of Family Medicine.

Thomas Weida earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., and Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed his family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatric Medicine. After 14 years in private practice in rural Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa., obtaining the rank of professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. While there, he served as medical director of the Penn State Hershey Medical Group and more recently as medical director for Information Technology for the Department of Family Medicine at Hershey Medical Center.

Weida served on the AAFP Board of Directors for seven years and as the AAFP representative to the AMA Relative Value Update Committee. He currently chairs the Payment Core Team for “Family Medicine for America’s Health,” the current project of family medicine organizations dedicated to improving the practice climate for family physicians.

Weida MD Jane printJane Weida, M.D.Jane Weida received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed her family medicine residency at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia. Following 13 years in private practice in Blue Bell, Pa., she spent six years as faculty at Penn State College of Medicine before joining an affiliated community-based family medicine residency in West Reading, Pa. There, she taught residents and medical students, served as the medical director, clerkship director and as co-director of the residency’s Global Health Track.

Weida is currently a clinical associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine. She is the immediate past president of the AAFP Foundation, where she developed the organization’s signature humanitarian program in Haiti. She is committed to residency education, medical student interest in family medicine and global health and has traveled extensively to provide family medicine education in Haiti and many former Soviet Republics in Asia and Europe.