Welcome to Healers Who Listen! My name is Jonathan Weinkle, and my goal in life is to be a nice Jewish doctor.
My formal education began in 1990 when began my undergraduate career at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, I attended the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, Israel for a year and participated in a study abroad and Kibbutz living program. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
After 5 years, I attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where I was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. I graduated Cum Laude in May of 2004. I completed my Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
From 2006 to 2008, I served as the clinical curriculum liaison for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Center for Environmental Oncology, where I helped to create resident and CME training programs and clinical initiatives in environmental medicine.
Currently, I’m an independent consultant at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. I serve as a medical advisor to projects on end-of-life, Jewish genetic diseases, and teaching effective communication to health professionals. I also am a Internal Medicine and Pediatric physician at the Squirrel Hill Health Center, which is a multi-specialty practice focused on overcoming economic, cultural, and logistical barriers to health care.
I have been a clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics since 2008. I interact with residents and medical students on a daily basis and also taught an undergraduate course entitled “Death and the Healthcare Professions” from 2016-2018.
From 2012 to 2015, I taught a 5-week course on topics related to death and dying through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The class, called “Closure: Writing the Last Chapter,” was offered through both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University branches of the program.
More recently, I have served as the Medical director of the Physician Assistant Program at Chatham University since 2014. I am responsible for overseeing curriculum, assessments, and clinical experiences in addition to having direct teaching and mentoring responsibilities.
In my new book, Healing People, Not Patients, I try to synthesize everything that I have learned over the course of my career and layout a working framework for both effective and rewarding patient-provider interactions. This process is a lengthy, but necessary one. As someone who is constantly growing both spiritually and professionally, I strive to be a human being, above all else, who helps his patients achieve their goals of health, happiness and overall well-being.
Now that you know a little more about me, I’d love to get to know you! Feel free to reach out with any questions about my story or the book.