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Texas Health Dallas OB-GYN Receives Surgical Award
07/15/2009

DALLAS — Dr. Sheldon Weinstein, an OB-GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, has been honored with the 2009 Vaginal Surgeons Award by the Society of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeons.

Dr. Sheldon Weinstein
Dr. Sheldon Weinstein
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In 2005, Weinstein received the Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Society of Gynecological Surgeons, making him one of only seven physicians in the United States to be honored with both awards.

Both awards are reserved for surgeons who specialize in gynecologic surgery and teach nationally and internationally in urogynecology.

Weinstein has been on the Texas Health Dallas medical staff for more than 40 years. He is a leader in the field of surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, hysterectomy and advanced surgical procedures for female cancers. He was an originator of LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure), and invented instruments involved in the surgery.

The procedure is for women whose Pap smears indicate the presence of abnormal cervical cells. LEEP uses a thin wire loop electrode attached to an electrosurgical generator that transmits a painless electrical current to cut away the affected cervical tissue. This causes the abnormal cells to rapidly heat and burst, and separates the tissue as the loop wire moves through the cervix.

“What makes him a truly great surgeon is the mix of experience and an open-mindedness to new ideas,” said Dr. Sheila Chhutani, a OB-GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas. She was a study of Weinstein’s during her training in the Texas Health Dallas fellowship program for pelvic surgery. “He is always looking to find the next technological advancement or next research breakthrough that will benefit his patients.”

In addition to surgical techniques, Weinstein is known for his gentle bedside manner and individualized attention to each patient, Chhutani said. He calls each patient at home after surgery to make sure they’re doing OK and follows-up personally to ensure they’re comfortable.

“Dr. Weinstein’s dedication is an example for all physicians,” Chhutani said. “He carefully researches and reviews the latest scientific literature before jumping on the band wagon blindly. He is very willing to share his knowledge with others. And he loves to teach students, residents, fellows and other physicians.”

 

Weinstein graduated from Washington and Jefferson College before attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. There he received numerous honors for his work and eventually received an American Cancer Society fellowship at the renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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