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Herbert D. Weintraub, anesthesiologist

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011; 7:25 PM

Herbert D. Weintraub


Herbert D. Weintraub, 81, a professor at George Washington University's medical school who retired in 1997 as interim chairman of the anesthesiology department at GWU Hospital, died Feb. 24 of cardiac arrest at his home in Chevy Chase.

Dr. Weintraub joined the GWU faculty in 1971 and was director of the university hospital's operating room from 1976 to 1997.

In addition to his work in Washington, he lectured and consulted internationally in countries including Haiti, China and Saudi Arabia.

Herbert Dahl Weintraub was born in New York and received a bachelor's degree in history from New York University in 1950.

He then studied in England at Oxford University's Christ Church college, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees in1955 and 1958, respectively, and a medical degree in1959.

Dr. Weintraub completed his residency in anesthesiology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago before coming to GWU.

He was a founding member and past president of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, and was a member of the Royal Society of Medicine in Britain and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Weintraub was a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington and Congregation Beth El, a Conservative synagogue in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Judith Levine Weintraub of Chevy Chase; three children, Linda Weintraub of Las Vegas, Susan Weintraub of Bethesda and Trevor Winters of Austin; a sister; and two grandchildren.

- Timothy R. Smith

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