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WEENS--Joan, MD. Joan Weens, MD, retired physician, died on May 12, 2020 at her home in Atlanta. She was 75 years old. She was first, and foremost, a physician. She dedicated her life to the practice of medicine, teaching, and healing. Joan Weens graduated Magna Cum Laude from Radcliffe College in 1966, and Harvard Medical School in 1970. She completed her medical internship and residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She was a Hematology Clinical and Research Fellow at Tufts-New England Medical Center 1973-76 and served an additional Hematology Research Fellowship at Brown University. She was an Assistant Professor of Medicine/ Hematology at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center for eight years prior to moving back to Atlanta. Dr. Weens joined a group practice in Atlanta in 1986 practicing Oncology and hematology primarily at St. Joseph's Hospital and Northside Hospital Atlanta. She was recognized as an Atlanta Top Doctor several times by Atlanta Magazine and retired in 2010. Joan was a member of The Temple in Atlanta. Her college participation in and support of women's rights initiatives at Radcliffe was later channeled to support women's initiatives throughout her life. In her spare time she enjoyed art galleries, local art shows, and museums wherever she travelled. She loved animals of all types, and supported the Atlanta Zoo, Atlanta Humane Society and other organizations. Joan's delight in the natural world found personal expression in her prolific body of artworks, sketches and paintings. She continued developing her skills in studio art classes until shortly before her death. Joan was the daughter of Heinz Stephen Weens, MD, former Chief of Radiology at Emory University Hospital, and Susanne Rosenthal Weens. Heinz (Wienskowitz) Weens attended medical school in Berlin, Germany and completed his training at Grady Hospital in Atlanta. Susanne Rosenthal, born in Breslau, Poland, trained as a laboratory technologist in Berlin. The two left Germany separately in 1938 and married in the U.S., raising daughter Joan in Atlanta. She is survived by her cousins, Michael Freundlich of Bend, OR; Joyce Lebewohl of Mashpee, MA; and Tom Layton of Melbourne, Australia. She is also survived by the hundreds of patients she cared for and their families. Donations in her memory may be sent to Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation https://

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Published in New York Times on May 31, 2020.
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March 31, 2021
I first met Dr. Weens when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. I loved her. She was so dedicated to her career and I got to know her assistant Carole. She also treated my husband Loring Walton and his dad when they had cancer. I am needing a hematologist and I just saw where she passed in 2020. I am saddened!!!
Muriel Marcus Walton
June 11, 2020
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Lee Caras
June 7, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Simone Taylor
June 2, 2020
I first met Dr. Weens shortly after taking my first job after moving to Atlanta in 2001. I was working as a social worker for Saint Josephs Hospital. We had many difficult cases but it was obvious that her patients care was the top priority. A force to be reckoned with, admired, respected. An amazing life and career.
Katherine Easton, LCSW
June 1, 2020
I loved Dr Weens. As I type this Ill never forget how she corrected me in the spelling. It is spelled with a N. Shr was a perfectionist in all that she ever did. This included her Pts, and they were her life. She also loved the Nurses that cared for her Pts. I loved hearing her speak of her parents and will never forget the mailbox that she had painted with flowers. She was so proud of it. She greatly appreciated any and all you did for her. And she loved her Carol. The Daughter she did not biologically conceive and Carols second Mother/ Friend. And Carol loved her. God blessed me in knowing and working with Dr Weens and observing the love Dr Weens shared with her Pts. And her Pts loved her.
Debbie Yang
June 1, 2020
I first met Dr. Weens as a young pharmacy graduate, working my first licensed job at St. Joseph's Hospital. As my interest in the field of Oncology grew, she was invaluable in guiding me in my education. She was a very gifted person and I learned so much from her.
Kelly Farlow
May 31, 2020
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