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THE LABORATORY REPORT Fall 2014 Page 9 In Memoriam: Donald G. Weilbaecher, M.D. Dr. Donald Weilbaecher, retired Medical Director of the Autopsy Service at Houston Methodist Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, passed away on September 26, 2014. Dr. Weilbaecher received his M.D. degree and completed his clinical internship at the Louisiana State University in New Orleans. After serving in the military, he completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and then joined the faculty of the BCM Department of Pathology. Dr. Weilbaecher was promoted to Assistant Professor in the BCM Department of Pathology in 1979, and remained at Baylor for 25 subsequent years. In 2004, Dr. Weilbaecher joined the faculty at the Weill Cornell Medical College, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. He served as Medical Director of the Autopsy Service at the Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH) for many years, and retired in 2012 at the age of 70. Dr. Weilbaecher was an expert in cardiovascular pathology and co-authored numerous publications with many renowned cardiovascular surgeons, including Drs. Michael DeBakey, Rafael Espada, and E. Stanley Crawford. He also worked closely with the former chair of the Department of Pathology at Baylor and HMH, the late Dr. Jack Titus (pictured), an internationally recognized authority on cardiovascular pathology. In addition to his clinical and research interests, Dr. Weilbaecher had a keen interest in educating the next generation of pathologists. Many departmental trainees and young faculty benefited from his willingness to share his knowledge of cardiovascular pathology and autopsy. “I have many fond memories of Dr. Weilbaecher. I had encountered several problematic cases as a first year resident, and his guidance and expertise with the conduction system had helped me tremendously,” said Dr. Deborah Citron, Associate Professor of Pathology at BCM. Another formed trainee, Dr. Chris Finch, echoed these thoughts, “I will forever feel indebted to Dr. Weilbaecher for his kindness and gentle spirit he displayed while teaching us.” “Dr. Weilbaecher will certainly be deeply missed by all who knew and worked with him over his many years with Baylor and Houston Methodist Hospital,” said Dr. Rodolfo Laucirica, Drs. Donald Weilbaecher (left) and Jack Titus in the early 1980s. Image courtesy of Dr. Thomas Wheeler. Professor of Pathology and Immunology at BCM. Although Dr. Weilbaecher retired two years ago, he continues to have a presence in the HMH department, being quoted and talked about a lot. Said Dr. Mary Schwartz, Director of Anatomic Pathology at HMH, “What he taught many of us is being passed on the next generation of pathologists. He will be deeply missed.”


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