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Meet Dr. Leonard Weather, The First Black President of the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research

Dr. Leonard Weather, Jr. is a renowned gynecologist who created history as President of the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research (APCR). Dr. Weather was chosen president of the organization, making him the organization’s first black president since its inception.

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The APCR is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing clinical practice, academic research, and pharmaceutical company involvement in clinical research (clinical trials).

“Its mission encompasses the prevention and cure of diseases, as well as safeguarding the welfare of patients and study subjects through acquiring, disseminating, and evaluating knowledge concerning medicine and device development,” according to Black News.

It also provides a platform for enhanced education, professional development, qualification, and certification for physicians participating in clinical research endeavors. “It is the sole organization representing the physician research community within the American Medical Association (AMA), thus influencing national policies on numerous issues related to clinical research, Black News added.

Dr. Weather, an HBCU alumnus, has substantial academic and professional experience to the post. He holds a Pharmacy degree from Howard University as well as an MD from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

He honed his talents and experience further at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, where he completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in gynecology and obstetrics.

Since becoming an active gynecological clinical trials researcher, he has presented over 210 peer-reviewed manuscripts on topics such as pelviscopic surgical therapy of infertility, Endometriosis, pelvic pain, and uterine fibroids.

He is also credited with developing the breakthrough surgical process known as Optical Dissection Pelviscopy, which is a game-changing advancement in laparoscopic surgery that aids in the prevention of organ harm.

Dr. Weather is a health educator, professor, ordained preacher, artist, author, and photographer in addition to his medical achievements. He has written encouraging poetry and contributed to an infertile manual. His most recent book, “Endometriosis: the Name of the Pain and How to Repress It,” will be released in June 2023.

Dr. Weather, a former president of the Louisiana Medical Association and the New Orleans Medical Association, is currently a board member of the State of Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners and the National President of the Chi Delta Mu Medical Fraternity, according to Black News.

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