Title: Internist, Consultant in Hyperbaric/Diving Medicine (Retired)
Company: Portsmouth (NH) Regional Hospital
Location: York Harbor, Maine, United States
William Frank Wieting, MD, Internist, Consultant in Hyperbaric/Diving Medicine (Retired) at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine.
Dr. Wieting wanted to become a physician primarily because he saw the respect and deference his parents invariably accorded the doctors who attended their family while he was growing up; he aspired to emulate those doctors – and to please his parents. The scientific aspects of medicine always attracted him, of course; even in junior high school, he had decided upon a career in medicine. At Hamilton College in 1959, he earned an A.B. degree in German literature (the language was part of his growing up); Boston University School of Medicine awarded him his M.D. in 1963. Dr. Wieting is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Hyperbaric (Undersea) Medicine. He is a graduate of the Navy’s School of Submarine Medicine, qualified in Submarines, and a qualified Diving Medical Officer.
From 1965 to 1971, Dr. Wieting served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, first as Medical Officer on two successive missile submarines (he is a plank owner of one of them, USS HENRY L STIMSON SSBN 655); then as a resident in internal medicine at Chelsea Naval Hospital; and finally as chief of medicine at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, NH; he spent most of 1970 on temporary additional duty in Danang, Viet Nam. He later served over 25 years in the US Navy Ready Reserve, retiring from the Navy in 1999 with the rank of Captain (Medical Corps), with over 31 years’ constructive service. He holds the Secretary of the Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency “E” Ribbon, Viet Nam Service Medal, and several other RVN decorations. He is entitled to wear submarine dolphins, a Polaris combat patrol pin for two deterrent patrols of 71 and 57 days continuously submerged, and the insignia of a qualified diving medical officer.
In 1971, Dr. Wieting opened a private solo practice in internal medicine in Portsmouth, NH, joining the staff at Portsmouth Hospital where he eventually served as chief of staff and as a trustee of the hospital for 11 years. He was a Rockingham County delegate to the NH Medical Society; either the medical director or board chairman of the Portsmouth Visiting Nurses for 25 years; consultant in diving medicine in the greater Seacoast area, as well as a principal investigator at the hyperbaric chamber of the diving programs at the University of NH for four years. He retired from his civilian medical practice in 2005 after 35 years of service to Portsmouth and the region.
In the community, Dr. Wieting was an active Rotarian for 35 years, and is now deeply involved in musical affairs, serving as chairman of three different concert series in both Portsmouth and York, at the Athenaeum and Trinity Church, respectively. In 1971 he founded The York Singers, an acapella mixed choral group that presented in the next 40 years over 300 concerts under his direction. An accomplished singer in his own right, Dr. Wieting has sung the bass-baritone parts of Brahms’ German Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Vaughan Williams’ Pilgrim’s Progress, the Fauré Requiem and other works at various venues around New England. He has served on the boards of his Methodist church, the local Episcopal summer chapel in York Harbor, the Old York Historical Society, the Portsmouth Athenaeum, and the Young Organist Collaborative in Portsmouth. A noted collector and student of American art, especially of the 19th century, Dr. Wieting has curated and loaned two major, summer-long exhibitions of art from his personal collection at the York Public Library, and has published three books cataloging and commenting on his collections of 19th century and contemporary American art, and glass paperweights of the past 175 years.
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