William Weglicki, MD


William Weglicki, MD

William Weglicki, MD received his degree from the University of Maryland and trained in Medicine at the Georgetown University Hospital He completed his cardiology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

After two years at NIH, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School where he was promoted to associate professor of Medicine before assuming the chairmanship of the department of Biophysics at the Medical College of Virginia. While at Harvard and MC, he was awarded several NIH research grants as well as an institutional post-doctoral training grant.

His research on molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular injury led to his recruitment to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation to head their cardiovascular research program. In 1985 he joined The George Washington University Medical Center’s department of medicine and formed the Division of Experimental Medicine. This core group of investigators began collaborations with faculty members from cardiology, nephrology, biochemistry & molecular biology, pathology and physiology that resulted in the award of a program project research grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

For 12 years Dr. Weglicki served as chairman of the department of Physiology during which time he organized the medical student teaching program and expanded departmental research activities. In 1996 he was elected secretary of the International Society for Heart Research and in 2002 he became president of the U.S., Canada, Mexico section of this organization. That same year he and the faculty of the division of Experimental Medicine received three NIH grants that continue to support an active research program focusing on cardiomyopathies due to free radical mechanisms of injury of iron overload and magnesium deficiency.

In addition to serving on NIH study sections and editorial boards of medical journals, he continues to see patients in the cardiology clinic and at The George Washington University Hospital. In 2006 he was a symposium speaker at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago and was an invited chair and speaker at the International Magnesium Society in Japan. He was elected chair of the Gordon Conference on Magnesium in Biochemical Processes and Medicine to be held in 2008 in California. In June 2007, he will give the president’s lecture at the ISHR World Congress to be held in Italy, the home of his grandfather.

After several decades at GW, he and his wife feel fortunate to be able to raise three sons in the DC area and to have them grow up being close to their four grandparents in Maryland.