Arlo F. Weltge, M.D., M.P.H., a clinical professor of emergency medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, has been given the John A. Rupke Legacy Award to recognize his lifelong commitment to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
Professor Weltge’s award, along with 10 other awardees in leadership, education, policy and research positions, was granted at the ACEP14 Scientific Assembly in Chicago. The ACEP was founded in 1968 and currently represents more than 32,000 emergency physicians, medical students and residents.
James J. McCarthy, M.D., associate professor, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UTHealth Medical School and holder of the Nancy, Clive and Pierce Runnells Distinguished Professorship, said in a press release: “Dr. Weltge is a well-recognized leader in emergency medicine at the national level. His dedication to his patients, colleagues and the specialty of Emergency Medicine is an inspiration to us all. I’m proud to be able to call him a friend and colleague.”
Professor Weltge received his medical degree from the UTHealth Medical School and obtained his masters’ degree from the UTHealth School of Public Health. He joined the UTHealth faculty in 1989 and had a major role in the process of beginning the emergency medicine residency program at UTHealth and was the first certified emergency physician of the institution.
The award is named after John A. Rupke, one of the founding members of the ACEP. Weltge previously served as president of the ACEP and chaired several of its committees. He also led the ACEP’s National Council and the Finance, Continuing Education and Public Health committees.
Dr. Weltge is also a member of the National Emergency Medicine Political Action Committee and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, representing emergency medicine in the Harris County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, and serves as a delegate to the American Medical Association. He was director of the Houston Community College (HCC) Program in EMS and of the AMR Ambulance Service’s Houston operations.