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How Dr. Gail Weingast Changed Radiology

August 25, 2017
When someone mentions Dr. Gail Weingast, MD these days, it is invariably a discussion about her status as one of the best radiologists in the field. She now serves as a radiology specialist at William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, Connecticut, where she is highly respected as their Chief of Ultrasound and Breast Imaging. Over the course of her 20 years at Backus, Dr. Weingast has guided her department to becoming one of the finest in the country and the world. While her current important position is impressive, she didn’t always follow a straight line.

In fact, it wasn’t always clear that a medical career was in the stars for Gail Weingast. She started down her educational path way back in 1969, and her first stop was a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish, which she earned from Tufts University’s Jackson College. Of course, it’s nice that she can speak Spanish, but obviously medicine wasn’t at the top of her career list back then. Something must have changed her mind, though, because by 1976, she had earned a medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine, where she officially earned the right to call herself Dr. Gail Weingast, MD.

Now, her medical career has stretched to more than 40 years, including a ton more education. Following her MD, Dr. Gail Weingast completed a series of internships, residencies, and fellowships in pediatrics, radiology and ultrasound with Colorado General Hospital in Denver, Colorado and she completed her post-graduate radiology 1984 at St. Anthony’s Hospital, also in Denver. For about a dozen years, Dr. Weingast practiced at several hospitals in Colorado and New York, before she finally settled into Backus Hospital, where she has been for more than 20 years.