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Professor John Weigelt

Trauma Surgery

Medical College of Wisconsin



A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) since 1982, Dr John Weigelt has recently retired from the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA, where he was the Milt & Lidy Lunda/Charles Aprahamian Professor of Trauma Surgery; professor and chief, division of trauma and critical care. He will be joining the University of South Dakota and the Sanford Health System in the summer of 2018 as a professor of surgery.

In more than 30 years as a Fellow, John has been very involved in the ACS’s trauma-related activities. He has been a member of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) since 1992 and, in that time, served as COT Chair (1994-1998) and COT Membership Committee Chair (1998-2004). He was also chief, COT Region 6 (1989-1992), and has been on the National Faculty of the Advanced Trauma Life Support ® (ATLS) program since 1983. In addition, John has been active in many of the College’s educational programs. He began serving as an author of the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP ®) during SESAP VII, joined the Advisory Committee during SESAP IX, and has served as Medical Director of SESAP since 2001. He helped to start the General Surgery Review course at the Clinical Congress in 2007 and has functioned as Course Director of the Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course since its beginning in 2010.

John has been recognized as a premier surgical educator, twice earning the Wangensteen Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993, 1999) while at the University of Minnesota, USA, as well as the Association for Surgical Education Outstanding Teacher Award (2002). Since joining the MCW, he has twice received the Teacher of the Year Award (2004, 2010). In 2013, he was elected to the Giants in Surgery by the Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Hospital, both in Dallas. In 2015, he receieved the Distinguished Service Award (DSA) of the American College of Surgeons. The DSA is the highest honor bestowed by the ACS. John was honored for his contributions to the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the fields of trauma care and surgical education.

He is editor-in-chief emeritus of the Journal of Surgical Education; and the audio Practical Reviews in General Surgery. He was editor of the Journal of Surgical Outcomes (2002-2007), as well as associate editor of Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS) while it was published at the Southwestern Medical Center (1989-1996). He has published more than 160 medical journal articles, written more than 50 book chapters, and been a contributing or associate editor of more than 60 entries in SRGS.

John’s research interests include surgical infections, clinical outcomes, and educational approaches to training surgeons. He has been awarded 19 research grants during his career. His most recent research interests focus on quality of care issues, working closely with the Wisconsin Collaborative of Healthcare Quality.