Steven M. Weinberg (67MD)
Steven M. Weinberg (67MD) has just about done it all: He started his professional life by serving in the U.S. Air Force as chief of surgical services at Ramey Air Force Base and then ran a successful surgery practice in North Texas.
But that wasn’t the end of his interests. It was just the start.
Weinberg has run both cattle and oil businesses, took a turn in real estate (including developing the land near what would become the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport), volunteered as a medical missionary in Haiti, and went back to school to earn his law degree so he could practice law with an emphasis on health care and medical peer review. Then he got into politics, a path that included serving as a commissioner on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in 2012 and 2017.
But what stands out most, he says, and what has prepared him to serve as a medical expert during the COVID-19 pandemic, was his time as the Peace Corps medical director from 2001 to 2006. As director, Weinberg traveled to about 34 countries and oversaw the work of more than 140 doctors and 8,000 volunteers. On a typical trip, he would “spend a day or two in the capital city to meet with staff and ambassadors, then I made them take me out into the bush. I slept on the ground, on mats, in hammocks,” he says. “It’s an amazing bunch of people, and incredible young men and women.”