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Paul Kieran Whelton, MD
Department of Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2018
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-6580
Fax: (504) 988-1568   

pwhelton@tulane.edu
 


Research Interests:

Cardiovascular disease and renal disease epidemiology, prevention, treatment trials, policy, and global health.

 

Professional Achievements:

  • Milbank Scholar in Epidemiology (Career Development Award for Clinical Epidemiology Training), 1979 - 1984.
  • Fellow, American College of Clinical Pharmacology, 1985.
  • Tenth Annual Master Lecturer, St. Catherine Hospital, Chicago, 1987.
  • Fellow, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (Epidemiology Section), 1989.
  • Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society - Alpha Chapter, 1989.
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Faculty of Public Health Medicine), 1991.
  • Honorary member, Chilean Society of Hypertension, 1991.
  • Dean’s Lecture, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1992.
  • Fellow, American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, 1992.
  • Dean’s Lecture, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1993.
  • Director, Wade Hampton Frost Society for the Quantitative Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1994 - 1996.
  • Fellow, American College of Epidemiology, 1995.
  • Professor (Honorary), Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China, 1995.
  • Interurban Club (Elected Member), 1996.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, 1997.
  • Wade Hampton Frost Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, 1997.
  • AOA Lecturer, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1997.
  • Professor (Honorary), Beijing Medical University School of Public Health, Beijing, China, 1997.
  • Fellow, American Heart Association, Council for High Blood Pressure Research, 1997.
  • Hiroshima University Medal, Hiroshima University School of Medicine, Hiroshima, Japan, 1997.
  • Professor Kazue McClaren Leadership Achievement Award, Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, 1998.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, National University of Ireland, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 1999.
  • Hoechest Marion Roussel Excellence in Leadership Award - COSEHC, 1999.
  • Whelton Conference Room and dedication Whelton portrait unveiling, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, 2000.
  • Henderson Chair, Department of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000.
  • Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars (Elected member), Induction Ceremony, May 22, 2003, Baltimore, Maryland, 2003.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, National University of Ireland, University College Cork, Faculty of Medicine and Health, 2003.
  • Presidential Award for outstanding contributions to the field of hypertension, American Society of Hypertension, Gulf Central Regional Chapter, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2004.
  • Honorary Professor, Soochow University, Suzhou, China, 2005.
  • Award for “heroic efforts, outstanding accomplishments, and immense compassion in response to the catastrophic events surrounding Hurricane Katrina,” Association of Academic Health Centers, 2005.
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Medal for Leadership – Post Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
  • Senior Leadership Katrina Recognition Award: Survival, Recovery, Renewal, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2006.
  • Golden Wings Award, for contributions to research in nephrology, V International Conference on     Hypertension and the Kidney, Sponsored by the Spanish Society of Nephrology, Madrid, Spain, 2006.
  • “Paul Whelton: Rebuilding Tulane after Hurricane Katrina,” Profile published in The Lancet. 2006;367:643
  • Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, February, 2007.
  • American Heart Association Population Research Prize (awarded by Daniel Jones, MD, President, AHA  at opening ceremony for AHA 2007 Scientific Sessions, Orlando, Florida, November 2007).
  • Hungarian Society of Hypertension, Award of Honorary Membership, Budapest, December, 2009.


Educational Background:

  • M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. (undergraduate degrees facilitating licensing to practice medicine) Honors, Surgery, National University of Ireland, University College Cork, Ireland, 1970.
  • M.D. Research related to prevention and epidemiology of cardiovascular and renal disease, University College Cork, Ireland, 2003.
  • M. Sc. - Clinical Epidemiology, University of London, London, 1981.

 

Selected Publications:


View Dr. Whelton's publications at his NCBI profile page.


Personal Statement:

Born in Cork, Ireland and a medical school graduate (M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.) of the National University of Ireland (University College Cork), Dr. Whelton also earned a master of science degree in epidemiology from the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (M.Sc.) and an advanced research degree in medicine (M.D.) from the National University of Ireland, University College Cork. He received post-graduate training in internal medicine and nephrology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and in epidemiology at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit at Northwick Park Hospital (London).
 
Dr. Whelton spent 26 years in Baltimore, where he was professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, director of the Outpatient General Clinical Research Center, and founding director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. In 1997 he moved to New Orleans as dean of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and in 1999 was appointed Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. He also served as dean of the School of Medicine at Tulane, president and chair of the Louisiana Gene Therapy Research Consortium, chair of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, chair of the Louisiana Biomedical Research and Development Park Commission, and vice-chair of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center. In 2007 he moved to Chicago as President and CEO of the Loyola University Health System and Medical Center and concurrently served as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago where he was professor of preventive medicine and epidemiology at the Stritch School of Medicine. In 2011 he returned to New Orleans where he serves as the Show Chwan Health System Endowed Chair in Global Public Health at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Whelton has played a leadership role in many large NIH funded observational studies and clinical trials.  Currently, he serves as national chair of the Antihypertensive and Lipid Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT) and the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from University College Cork/National University of Ireland and the American Heart Association Population Research Prize, and a past member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Advisory Council.

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