Benedictine University is home to a diverse group of alumni, successful in all walks of life. On the following pages, we aim to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of those that truly exemplify the Benedictine values of service, leadership and social contribution. These are just some of our alumni who are not only at the top in their respective fields but are also making a difference in their communities. We have recognized these individuals through special events, programs and awards.
Each year, the Office of Alumni Relations presents awards to some of the best and brightest members of the Benedictine University Alumni family. Learn more about the awards available and how to nominate an alumnus.
Robert Weatherly, M.D., C82
Chief of Otolaryngology and Vice Chair for Quality and Safety at Children’s Mercy Hospital
Robert (“Bob”) Weatherly, M.D. graduated from Benedictine in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. He went on to attend medical school in Houston, Texas at Baylor College of Medicine from 1982 to 1986 and completed his Otolaryngology residency at Baylor from 1986 to 1992. He spent one year completing his fellowship training in Pediatric Otolaryngology at the Children's Hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
He went on to join the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1993 to 2003. This was the beginning of Dr. Weatherly’s career in academic medicine, and he was closely involved in education, research and clinical care. The University of Michigan gave Dr. Weatherly a solid foundation on which to build his career. He went on to take a position at The University of Kansas and Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City in 2003. Children’s Mercy is ranked as one of America’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. They have an active Otolaryngology training program which includes resident physicians from several programs (most notably, The University of Kansas) and a Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship.
Dr. Weatherly currently serves as the Chief of the Section of Otolaryngology and Vice Chair for Quality and Safety in the Department of Surgery at the hospital and is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. His primary clinical interests are airway reconstruction and the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. He continues to be involved in many areas of medicine including education, research, clinical care and medical administration.
Dr. Weatherly says his teachers and professors at Benedictine had a profound influence on him. “I probably only now appreciate how much their investment of time and energy has helped me personally,” he said. When he looks back on his college days, he appreciates the fact that the education he and his classmates received was even more valuable than they realized at the time. “I think my favorite memory of IBC is to look back and realize that we were all growing in knowledge and wisdom together (especially when we were all working hard!).”
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