PCOM Names New Chief Research and Science Officer June 30, 2016
Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named Mindy George-Weinstein,
PhD, as the College’s Chief Research and Science Officer, effective July 1. In this
role, Dr. George-Weinstein will oversee the Division of Research, which provides operational support, resources, intramural funding and development
for research activity across all functional areas for both the Philadelphia and Georgia
For more than 20 years, Dr. George-Weinstein had been a faculty member at PCOM. Most
recently, she was a professor of biomedical sciences at Cooper Medical School of Rowan
University and continued her affiliation with PCOM by lecturing to DO students and
collaborating with faculty researchers.
Over the course of her career, Dr. George-Weinstein has served on several review panels,
editorial boards and academic committees, and has collaborated with numerous investigators
at academic institutions and biotechnology companies. Her research has been sponsored
by the National Institutes of Health and by several foundations including the March
of Dimes and the Sharpe-Strumia Research Foundation. Dr. George-Weinstein’s research
focuses on analyses of the roles of Myo/Nog cells in neuroprotection, wounding healing,
fibrotic diseases and cancer.
Myo/Nog cells, which Dr. George-Weinstein and her team discovered while at PCOM, are
crucial for normal embryonic development. They also respond to wounding and tumors
in the adult. Her lab developed methods for identifying, isolating and killing these
cells in a variety of organs and species, including humans. These technologies have
led to several patents and have the potential to be used therapeutically. She has
published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic institutions
and scientific conferences around the world.
“Dr. George-Weinstein served our College for many years in various capacities on our
faculty, helping to educate the next generation of health care professionals while
conducting ground-breaking research in the areas of wound and disease treatment and
prevention,” said Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81, president and CEO of PCOM. “We are thrilled
to elevate her to the position of Chief Research and Science Officer, to help us create
an even more robust research arm across this institution.”
Dr. George-Weinstein earned her doctorate in Developmental Biology and her bachelor’s
in Nursing, both from Thomas Jefferson University. She completed her postdoctoral
fellowship in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania,
and is a licensed Registered Nurse in Pennsylvania. She has received numerous teaching
awards, including the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching; the Kappa Sigma Phi
Society Teaching Award; and the National Student Medical Association Mentor Award.
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, educational psychology, osteopathic
medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in
applied behavior analysis, applied positive psychology, biomedical sciences, forensic
medicine, medical laboratory science, mental health counseling, non profit leadership
and population health management, organizational development and leadership, physician
assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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