Barry Weiss

Career Story: 

After residency I opened a solo private practice in Nogales, Arizona, a small community on the US-Mexico border about 60 miles south of Tucson. During that time I went up to Tucson once per month to serve as supervising attending physician in the University of Arizona residency's outpatient clinic. After about two years in Nogales I was offered a faculty position with the residency and we moved back to Tucson. I then worked as full-time faculty in the residency program for 15 years, serving in roles that included clinic director and family medicine section chief.In 1996 we moved to Texas when I accepted the position of family medicine department chair at the medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. I served there for about four years before moving back to Tucson. The decision to return to Tucson was prompted in large part by a crash on our tandem bicycle in which wife Joyce was badly injured. Though she is fine now better than ever the experience led to a decision that we should work only part time and spend more time enjoying life.Since moving back to Tucson, I've been working part time for the University of Arizona. My roles have been varied and have included supervising the residents in the hospital, research projects on health literacy, work with the University's geriatric education center, and several journal editorships.

Notable Personal Accomplishments: 

Figuring out how to work part time.

Notable Professional Accomplishments: 

I was editor of Family Medicine, journal of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, from 19922010. I'm now editor of FP Essentials, which is one of AAFP's largest CME programs, and associate editor of American Family Physician.

Favorite Recreational Activity: 

Riding our tandem bicycle (we're now at about 80,000 miles) and other outdoor activities like hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and skiing.

Favorite Memory from Residency: 

Exploring Arizona. Moonlighting in the Show Low emergency room. Cardiology rotation with Lee Shockett, who seemed to work 24 hours per day.

Personal Story: 

Joyce and I have been together since college and we continue to enjoy life. Our daughters are both grown and have children, so we are now "Grandpa Barry" and "Grandma Joyce." Pretty fun.