As a child, Dr. Steven Weiser knew he liked science and he wanted to help people. At a young age, he already had dreams of becoming an astronaut or a physician.
He chose to be a physician and never looked back. Today, Dr. Weiser serves as the newly named president of Altru Health System, effective January 1, 2020, where he can put his skills and passion to work and fulfill his childhood dream of helping others.
We recently sat down with Dr. Weiser to learn more about him beyond the office. Read on for 10 fun facts about this down-to-earth, genuine person who we’re proud to call the president of our local health system.
1. Steven’s favorite thing to do is travel, and his favorite place to be is on the beach (specifically at the Soggy Dollar at Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands).
2. So, it should come as no surprise: His favorite color is aqua or ocean blue.
3. Three words to describe Steven? Hard-working. Empathetic. Driven.
4. Steven shares his best life decision was moving to Grand Forks and choosing to devote his life’s work at Altru Health System, serving our community and region through emergency medicine.
5. He and his wife, Krista, enjoy spending time with their big family, including five kids: Aeryk (30), married to Carly, Marah (23), Jakeb (19), Carter (14) and Macie (12), as well as two grandkids: Brooklyn (5) and Rudy (15). Oh, and three dogs: an English bulldog, Scamp, and two French bulldogs, Lola and Louie.
6. Steven is a self-proclaimed homebody. With three kids still at home, if he’s not at a sporting event on the weekends, he’s most likely hanging out at home.
7. When he’s at home, he’s likely fixing something. Whether it’s yard work, DIY projects or some kind of techy endeavor, sign him up. In fact, Steven actually built his own home theatre system.
8. A few other favorites include: movie – The Shawshank Redemption, scent – vanilla, holiday – Christmas, hobby – learning and studying new things.
9. Music is at the top of Steven’s list of things he cannot live without. He listens to a wide variety, with Eagles and Jimmy Buffet continually in rotation.
10. When asked why he chose emergency medicine as his specialty, Steven shares he likes the variety of work, complex quick decision-making, multitasking, comprehensive knowledge base required to be great, and helping people during challenging and difficult times.