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Theodore DeWeese Assumes Additional Responsibilities as Vice President of Interdisciplinary Patient Care for Johns Hopkins Medicine - 05/24/2016

Theodore DeWeese Assumes Additional Responsibilities as Vice President of Interdisciplinary Patient Care for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Release Date: May 24, 2016
Theodore DeWeese, M.D.
Credit: Johns Hopkins Medicine

Theodore DeWeese, M.D., assumes additional responsibilities as vice president of interdisciplinary patient care for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this capacity, he will work with other directors to develop new service lines across the enterprise. In concert with faculty members, physicians, nurses, and clinical and administrative staff members, Dr. DeWeese will help lead ongoing pursuits to improve care for the patients and families Johns Hopkins serves.

Dr. DeWeese will continue in his post as director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences and the Sidney Kimmel Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences—a  position he has held for the past 13 years. 

“With 25 years of service at Johns Hopkins, Dr. DeWeese has navigated a prestigious, exemplary career here,” says Robert A. Kasdin, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. “His clear ability to unify teams for the benefit of our patients and communities, his exceptional focus, and his firm foundation in helping realize Johns Hopkins Medicine’s tripartite mission make him an ideal leader for this important role.”

Dr. DeWeese oversaw radiation oncology’s integration with Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital beginning in 2011. The result has been a seamless system of patient care and academic research at all locations. His new role will build on the work he helped catalyze to form the highly successful Johns Hopkins multidisciplinary cancer clinics. These clinics have showcased the advantages of coordinated Johns Hopkins care to better serve patients and communities while also advancing research and teaching missions. The pancreatic and prostate cancer multidisciplinary clinics are just two examples of these extraordinary physician-led teams that have repeatedly published on the success of their work. 

After earning his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Metropolitan State University of Denver, he received his medical degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was chief resident of radiation oncology from 1993 to 1994, and then performed a laboratory research fellowship in urologic oncology at what is now the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and at the Brady Urological Institute.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me, and I look forward to enhancing Johns Hopkins’ work in the area of interdisciplinary patient care,” says Dr. DeWeese. “Excellence in patient care is at the core of this institution. I am honored to have been selected to help us meet goals that ultimately result in our ability to better serve our patients and simultaneously allow us to maintain our research focus so that new treatments can be developed and studied.”

Dr. DeWeese is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences and has served in that role since the department’s creation in 2003. He is an internationally recognized expert in the management of prostate and other genitourinary malignancies. His research interests, including prostate cancer, DNA damage repair, and the development of radiosensitizing drugs and small molecules, have been externally funded for over 20 years. He has published more than 150 papers and book chapters, and he has received a multiplicity of teaching awards and named lectureships. 

Dr. DeWeese has served on a number of national and international committees, including an appointment by the National Academy of Sciences as chair of the Science Council for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. He presently serves on the boards of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, Johns Hopkins Advantage MD and the American Society for Radiation Oncology. For the past three years, he has served as the president of the medical staff and chair of the medical board for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Dr. DeWeese is married to Bonny DeWeese, an accounting manager for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. They have two children: Alex, 23, a high school chemistry teacher at the Gilman School in Baltimore; and Tate, 21, a rising senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They reside in Towson, Maryland.