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2016 Distinguished Alumni
Sandra Carson

North Hills School District graduates Sandra Carson, M.D., and Kurt Weiss, M.D., were the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Carson is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1971, and Weiss is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1992.

Since 2013, Dr. Sandra Carson has been the vice president of education with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists where she oversees a team that directs the educational curriculum for ob/gyn residents across the United States. Additionally, she serves as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She received her medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School and completed her ob-gyn residency at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital and her reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital.

An accomplished surgeon, Dr. Carson designed hysteroscopic instruments that allow doctors to look inside a uterus to diagnose and treat bleeding issues. She has been recognized in “Best Doctors in America” for more than 10 years and is included regularly in Good Housekeeping’s “401 Best Doctors for Women” and “The Guide to America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists” among many other publications. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 60 chapters and six books in reproductive medicine. She was an associate editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and editor-in-chief of Sexuality, Reproduction and Menopause. Dr. Carson chaired the FDA’s Reproductive Drugs Advisory Committee and was consultant to both the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the President’s Council on Bioethics. Her research was funded by the National Institutes of Health for 18 years, and her latest research development, the Artificial Human Ovary, was named a Top 10 medical breakthrough in 2010 by Time magazine and Rhode Island 2011 Innovation of the Year.

Kurt Weiss

Class of 1992 graduate Dr. Kurt Weiss is an orthopaedic oncology surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he also serves as an assistant professor in the division of musculoskeletal oncology and the director of the cancer stem cell laboratory within the UPMC Orthopaedic Surgery Stem Cell Research Center. The laboratory, which he established, focuses entirely upon cancer research and boasts one of the largest tumor registries and tissue banks of its kind in the world, which has aided sarcoma research and medical collaborations across the country. Dr. Weiss’ dedication to cancer research and orthopaedic surgery comes from his own battle with sarcoma or bone cancer that resulted in the loss of his leg and nearly took his life at age 15.

Following his battle with cancer, he went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at UPMC and musculoskeletal oncology fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Now, he is one of only a handful of surgeons who specialize in sarcoma. Dr. Weiss is also one of the very few physician-scientists searching for a cure for this disease, and the only one who is also a former sarcoma patient. He is a founding member of Pittsburgh Cure Sarcoma, which seeks to raise awareness of and research funds for the rare cancer. The organization has donated more than $200,000 to the Sarcoma Foundation of America making it the most active sarcoma volunteer organization in the United States. Dr. Weiss also has established the Kurt R. Weiss Scholarship for Wish Kids in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation that provides financial support for former “wish kids” to pursue their goals beyond high school. Many North Hills graduates have benefited from this scholarship that has helped hundreds of children pursue higher education.

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