Dr. Andrew Weyrich became president of OMRF in 2022. An internationally recognized leader in blood clotting whose discoveries have facilitated key advances in the field of hematology, Dr. Weyrich came to the foundation from the University of Utah. There, he was vice president for research, professor of internal medicine, and held the H.A. & Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair, as well as president of the University of Utah Research Foundation and Innovation District.
Originally an exercise physiologist, Dr. Weyrich joined the University of Utah as a postdoctoral researcher and, over the next 28 years, built his scientific reputation on the investigation of how blood cells impact human thrombotic and inflammatory diseases. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years.
Dr. Weyrich is a member of the advisory council to the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, an associate editor for the medical journal Blood Advances, and a former member of the editorial board for the medical journal Blood. Among his numerous honors is the American Society of Hematology’s prestigious William Dameshek Prize for outstanding contributions leading to a new fundamental understanding of hematology.
In 2023, Dr. Weyrich kicked off “77 for 77,” a campaign to celebrate OMRF’s 77th anniversary and increase awareness of the foundation across all 77 Oklahoma counties. Through August 2024, Dr. Weyrich and OMRF leadership, staff and scientists are crisscrossing the state, touching each of Oklahoma’s counties and hosting events to reconnect with the communities that came together to build the foundation in the 1940s.
A native of Ohio, Dr. Weyrich received his undergraduate degree in biology from Baldwin-Wallace College, his master’s degree in health and exercise science from Wake Forest University, and his doctorate in physiology and pharmacology from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest.
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