Though Dr. David Weber is an adviser to the World Health Organization and serves on various national and statewide medical boards, he said his most rewarding work is mentoring students.
“Dr. Weber is one of the most amazing persons I’ve ever met,” his colleague Evelyn Cook, associate director of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology, said. “He’s probably one of the smartest physicians I’ve ever had the pleasure to get to know.”
On Thursday, Weber became the 13th recipient of the Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award during UNC’s 230th University Day. The award was presented by Beth Moracco, the University’s chair of the faculty and recipient of the Graham Award in 2021.
The award is a mark of outstanding service on the part of a faculty member at UNC.
“It’s clearly a great, great honor,” Weber said. “It’s always nice to receive acclaim from your colleagues.”
The award memorializes former UNC President Edward Kidder Graham. It calls to mind Graham's goal of sharing discoveries from the University beyond the boundaries of the UNC campus.
As an associate chief medical officer at the UNC Medical Center, medical director for the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology and an adviser to the World Health Organization, Weber is doing just that, Cook said.
“He’s kind of a powerhouse, I think,” Amanda Brown Marusiak, a fourth-year doctoral student, said. “He has his hands in so many things.”
Weber said his most important work is to share his knowledge. He specializes in infectious disease research, specifically healthcare-associated infections, and said he is passionate about his work because he can actually cure most of his patients.