David D. Weaver
Biography of David D. Weaver
David D. Weaver grew up in Twin Falls, a farming community in Idaho, and was educated at a small liberal arts institution near Boise, Idaho. He studied at the University of Oregon School of Medicine – now the Oregon State Health Sciences Center, graduating in 1966 with a MSc degree in anatomy and as a doctor of medicine. Weaver then took an internship in Milwaukee County General Hospital.
From 1967 to 1970 Weaver served in the US Public Health Service at the Arctic Health research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he was involved in biochemical genetic studies of the Alaskan Eskimos and Indians. He completed a paediatrics residency also at the University of Oregon School of Medicine, a fellowship in human genetics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. During this fellowship, Weaver was greatly influenced by David Smith (1926-1981), who introduced him to dysmorphology, and by Judith G. Hall (born 1939) who further developed his interest in clinical genetics. In 1974 Weaver returned to the medical school of Portland, Oregon, for a fellowship in metabolism
From 1976 Weaver has been a member of the faculty of the department of medical and molecular genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, where he is now professor (1998). Weaver provides genetic evaluation and counselling to patients and their families. He is also the coordinator of the Bone Dysplasia Clinic, a clinic for people with inherited bone disorders. By 2000 he was director of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center of Indiana.
In 1992, Dr. Weaver received The Edwin L. Gresham, M.D. Recognition Award from the Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for advancing the care of newborn infants. His research interests include investigating the mechanisms producing birth defects, recognizing and advancing our knowledge of new and currently known genetics syndromes and prenatal diagnosis.