Jeanne Wei, M.D.

Jeanne Y. Wei, M.D., Ph.D., Dillard Professor of Geriatrics, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is Chairman of the Reynolds Department of Geriatrics and Director of the Reynolds Institute on Aging (RIOA). She has been a UAMS faculty member and staff physician of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System since 2002. Dr. Wei is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics and cardiovascular medicine and sees patients in the Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic at RIOA.

After obtaining M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, Dr. Wei completed an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In 1980, she joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and became director of the Division on Aging at Harvard and chief of the Gerontology Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

She has received continuous funding from the National Institutes on Health (NIH) for more than 25 years, and continues to lead NIH-funded efforts at UAMS. Her major research interests include the effects of aging on cardiovascular homeostasis, biology of aging and mechanisms of cardiac dysfunction. Dr. Wei has served on NIH peer review study sections, National Institute on Aging (NIA) and was chairman of the NIA Board of Scientific Counselors. In addition, she has served on advisory boards of research foundations, pharmaceutical companies and the FDA. She has published more than 200 scientific articles, serves on editorial boards of 34 peer-review scientific journals, and has authored six books, including one geriatrics textbook, and AGING WELL: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health, a health guide for the general public.

Dr. Wei has more than 25 years of experience in developing academic programs. A gifted teacher, Dr. Wei received the “Outstanding Clinical Educator Award” from Harvard Medical School in 2000 and the “Outstanding Woman Faculty Award” from the UAMS College of Medicine in 2005. 

She served as president of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs and also of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology.  In 1998, Dr. Wei received the “Willie Birmingham Medal in Geriatrics” from the Irish Gerontological Society and a “Special Award of Appreciation” from the Gerontological Society of Taiwan in 2005  She has made presentations at universities and medical centers around the nation and the world, including Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Japan and Taiwan.

Professional Certifications and Education

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics
  • Fellowship: Cardiology and Gerontology
  • Residency: Internal Medicine
  • University: M.D. DEGREE: University of Illinois, Chicago, 1975


  • Geriatrics

Conditions/Diseases Treated

UAMS doctors treat a broad range of conditions some of which may not be listed below.

  • Heart Disease

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Patient story - Love and Longevity 

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Clinic Location

Type of Doctor

  • For Adults

Institute Affiliations

  • Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging

Academic Appointment

  • Professor of Geriatrics/Director of Reynolds Institute of Aging
    Department: Geriatrics

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