Jeanne Y. Wei, M.D., Ph.D., Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Geriatrics, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is Chair, Reynolds Department of Geriatrics & Executive Director of the Reynolds Institute on Aging (RIOA). Dr. Wei is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics & cardiovascular medicine and sees patients in the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic at RIOA.
After obtaining M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Dr. Wei completed an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as a staff fellowship in Gerontology at NIH/NIA in Baltimore, MD. She then joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and became director of the Division on Aging at Harvard and chief of the Gerontology Division Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2002, she joined the faculty at UAMS.
She has received continuous NIH funding for more than 30 years. Her major research interests include the aging cardiovascular system. Dr. Wei has served on NIH peer review study sections, National Institute on Aging (NIA) and was chairman of the NIA Board of Scientific Counselors. In addition, she has served on advisory boards of research foundations, pharmaceutical companies and the FDA. She has published more than 200 scientific articles, served on multiple editorial boards and is a reviewer of 34 peer-review scientific journals. She has authored six books, including one geriatrics textbook, and AGING WELL: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health, a health guide for the general public.
Jeanne has more than 35 years of experience in caring for patients, training future geriatricians and cardiologists, conducting geriatric and gerontological research, mentoring geriatric fellows and junior faculty members, and developing academic programs and initiatives. A gifted teacher, Dr. Wei received the “Outstanding Clinical Educator Award” from Harvard Medical School in 2000 and the “Outstanding Woman Faculty Award” from the UAMS College of Medicine in 2005. She is recognized nationally and internationally for her contributions to aging research.