Emergency medicine pioneer Wiegenstein dies


Published: Monday, November 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 11:15 p.m.
NAPLES - Dr. John G. Wiegenstein, a leader in establishing emergency medicine as a specialty, has died in a car crash in Florida.
Wiegenstein, 74, died Thursday in the crash that also killed his 6-year-old grandson, according to a news release posted on the American College of Emergency Physicians' Web site.
Wiegenstein is one of the fathers of the specialty of emergency medicine, joining with seven other doctors in 1968 to found ACEP.
He steered the College through the process that resulted in the recognition of emergency medicine as a new medical specialty in 1979.
He was also a past president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and served as emergency medicine's first delegate to the American Medical Association.
In 2001, Wiegenstein received the AMA's Distinguished Service Award, the association's highest honor.
Wiegenstein is survived by his wife, Iris, and four children. A funeral service is set for Thursday in Naples.

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