He completed his medical training at Tufts University in 1965 and completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, which at the time was experimenting with an early telemedicine program connecting it via television camera to a clinic at Logan Airport in Boston. He was asked to look at a few cases and he said, “I remember that.”
In 1975 he became chairman of the pathology department at Rush-Presbyterian in Chicago, and 11 years later he was ready to introduce the idea of telepathology and founded Corabi Telemetrics, one of several companies he founded or helped create to help in the Science developed ideas to bring to the public market.
“Sears and Roebuck never intended to get into the financial business,” he said in a speech a few weeks before the 1986 demonstration of his new technology, referring to the retail giant’s expansion into banking at the time. “But at some point engineers figured out how to get satellites into space and revolutionized the financial industry. And today I’m going to talk about how exactly the same changes will revolutionize the way we practice medicine. “
Dr. Weinstein brought his expertise to the University of Arizona in 1990 and became director of the pathology department of the College of Medicine. By the mid-1990s, telemedicine was well-established, at least as a concept, and Bob Burns, a member of the Arizona House of Representatives who later became a state senator, had a background in computer programming and was interested in securing funding for a statewide initiative .
When the state asked the university to oversee the project, “they gave us the best man they had,” Burns said in a telephone interview. That was Dr. Weinstein, who was named director of the program in 1996.
The project, Mr. Burns said, has gone to particular lengths to bring medical expertise to remote areas, Indian reservations and prisons – and even abroad, to places like Panama.
Elizabeth A. Krupinski, a longtime colleague now at Emory University, said Dr. Weinstein has both visions and knowledge of human nature.