Ronald S. Weinstein

Ronald S. Weinstein


Born: Schnectady, New York

Academic Degrees

  • BS: Union College, Schnectady, New York 1960
  • MD: Tufts University College of Medicine, Boston 1965

Academic Positions

  • 1972 - 1975 Associate Professor of Pathology, Tufts University College of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1975 - 1990 Harriet Blair Borland Professor and Chairman of Pathology, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1990 - 2007 Professor and Chairman of Pathology, The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona


  • Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Military Service

  • 1970 - 1972 Major (Medical Corp.), U.S. Air Force, Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Selected Career Highlights

  • Was a Congressional Intern, US Congress, Washington DC (1959).

  • Research has focused on the composition and structure of cell membranes. Using the urinary bladder as a model system, has studied how abnormalities in cell membranes result in different disease states and how cellular lesions develop years before they become malignant. Also studies the areas of drug resistance (production of p-glycoprotein that pumps anti-cancer drugs out of the cells), and telepathology.

  • Together with Kash Mostofi and Leo Koss, founded The International Society for Urological Pathology in 1992 during the annual USCAP meeting.

  • A world-authority on Telepathology, he is involved in the planning for the development of regional and international telepathology diagnostic networks, utilization of robotic light microscopy, digital imaging and fiberoptic telecommunications in medicine and pathology.

  • Author of more than 150 articles and dozens of book chapters, book reviews and editorials.

  • Member of six Editorial Boards including:

    • Human Pathology
    • Modern Pathology
    • Ultrastructural Pathology
  • Upon becoming the Chairman of Pathology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, he became the Youngest Pathology Chairman in the country (age 37). Served a total of 32 years of service as a Chair (15 years at Rush and 17 years at Arizona).

  • President, Chicago Pathological Society (1979-1980).

  • Served in various capacities in the Association of Pathology Chairs Council (1981-1999).

  • Presently serves as Director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (which he founded in 1996) and Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Telemedicine and Telehealth (T-Health Institute), a division of the Arizona Telemedicine Program (established in 2004). This now links 171 communities ranging in size from 280 people to 1.9 million people. It has 55 independent healthcare organizations as members and operates its own regional telecommunications network, (bringing in over $20 million in extramural funding). It has provided teleconsultations for over 300,000 patients in 60 subspecialties of medicine, radiology, pathology, and nursing. The T-Health Institute is an important component of the University of Arizona College of Medicine's new branch campus in Phoenix; it will be involved in innovative medical student education.


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