Established in 2008, the Humanitarian Award recognizes graduates of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry who have contributed to the betterment of the world by their selfless alleviation of suffering among those in need, bringing honor to themselves and the University. The recipient is chosen by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council.
As an accomplished plastic surgeon with nearly 40 years of experience, Dr. Mark Weinstein has devoted his career to advancing the quality of medical care at home, and abroad. From his first medical mission as a plastic surgeon resident, Dr. Weinstein has been dedicated to helping children and adults in developing countries receive the corrective surgeries they so desperately need. The founder of Changing Children’s Lives, Inc., an organization committed to performing pro bono operations for those affected by congenital and traumatic deformities, he has operated on more than 1,000 patients in countries like Honduras, Vietnam, and Uganda. An avid teacher, Dr. Weinstein has supervised more than 50 residents and 60 medical students on these missions abroad, and has mentored local doctors and medical professionals to improve their skills and expertise, creating better medical care and practices throughout these countries. Through his service, Dr. Weinstein continues to advance the quality of medical care worldwide and remains an exemplary role model for our next generation of physicians and surgeons. For his lasting contributions to the health and welfare of peoples worldwide, we are proud to recognize Dr. Mark Weinstein with this tremendous honor.