Professor Weiss received a MS in Environmental Health and MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota (1975-6) and his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh (1999). He has over 33 years of experience in public health, 26 in injury control. He founded and directed the state injury program in Wisconsin (1983) and since 1992 has been in academia. He joined the University of Pittsburgh Center for Injury Research and Control in 1993 and was Director from 2002-2008. He joined the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, at the University of Otago in 2009 and was Director of the Injury Prevention Research Unit from 2009-2013.
His research has covered injury surveillance, violence and domestic violence, traumatic brain injuries, baby walkers, poisonings, bicycles, farm injuries, hospital discharge data, data linkage, elderly falls, and recreational injuries, among other areas. Currently, he focuses on injuries to pregnant women, fetal outcomes due to trauma, motorcycle related traumatic brain injury and the intersection of safety and sustainability. Dr. Weiss is author of several websites and has led the development of the the largest archive of injury internet lectures. He was chair of the APHA Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section (ICEHS, 1990) and president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR, 2007). He was awarded the Alex Kelter Visionary Award from the State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association (STIPDA, 2009).