James Randolph Webster Jr.

James Randolph Webster Jr.

James Randolph Webster Jr., MD, Retired Physician and Professor Emeritus at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical education.

With more than 55 years of professional experience, Dr. Webster is a prominent and dedicated physician and educator who has spent the duration of his career serving the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. A professor of medicine at the school from 1977 to 2013, when he reached emeritus status, he additionally spent time as the director of the Buehler Center on Aging from 1988 to 2000 and chief executive officer of the Northwestern Medical Group Practice from 1978 to 1988. Furthermore, Dr. Webster held the position of chief of the general medical section in the department of medicine from 1987 to 1988, and chief of medicine from 1976 to 1988.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Webster pursued formal education at Northwestern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1953 and a Master of Science and Doctor of Medicine in 1956. He completed an internship at the Philadelphia General Hospital between 1956 and 1957 and a residency at Northwestern University between 1957 and 1960. Thereafter, he became a fellow in pulmonary disease by the National Institutes of Health at Northwestern University from 1962 to 1964. Dr. Webster is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the sub-boards of pulmonary disease and geriatrics.

A contributor of 80 articles to esteemed journals in his fields of expertise, Dr. Webster formerly served as a captain in the United States Army in the early 1960s. Throughout his career, he has maintained affiliation with numerous organizations, including the American College of Physicians, where he is currently a master and previously held such roles as the governor for Illinois from 1988 to 1992 and chair of the subcommittee on aging in 1993. Likewise, he was president of the Illinois Geriatrics Society from 1992 to 1994 and member of the American Geriatrics Society and Alpha Omega Alpha. He is most proud of his time served as president of the Chicago Health Board from 2002 to 2010, where he and his team helped reduce smoking and gun violence in Chicago.

In recognition of his exceptional achievements, Dr. Webster has accrued numerous accolades throughout his impressive career. The four-time recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in 1974, 1977, 1984, and 1986, he also received the Alumni Merit Award in 1979 and the Henry P. Russe Institute of Medicine Award for exemplary compassion in health care in 1997. Likewise, the Anti Defamation League honored him with the Aesculapian Award as Physician of the Year in 1998, and he received the Luminary Senior Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Honored by the United States Army with a Commendation Medal, he also was presented with the Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians in 1994.

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