Dr. Viner graduated from Harvard College, Cum Laude, and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine, followed by a two year fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1975, Dr. Viner started the first Hospice program in the Philadelphia region, which involvement stemmed from his experience as a critically ill patient in 1972. He has also contributed to the effort to improve end of life care, nationally, which led to an invitation to testify before the House Select Committee on Aging, in 1985.
In 1987, Dr. Viner became Chief of Medicine at Cooper University Hospital, a position he held for twenty years, during which time he built an academic Department of Medicine and started Cooper’s suburban practice network. Under his leadership, Cooper was the first Philadelphia regional health system to adopt a hospitalist system for the care of inpatients.
Throughout his years at Cooper, Dr. Viner worked tenaciously towards the creation of a new medical school, and it is a source of great pride to him that the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University has become the nation’s 135th allopathic medical school.
Dr. Viner has been a member of the Board of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He has regularly been on numerous regional and nationals lists of Best Doctors, and has been listed in Who’s Who in America. In 1984, he received the Philadelphia Caring Award, stemming from his leadership role in developing Hospice Care.
He received Laureateship from the American College of Physicians in 2003and subsequently was elected to Mastership in the College. In 2009, he was named Honorary First Dean of Cooper Medical school of Rowan University (CMSRU). In June, 2012, Dr. Viner received the prestigious Strittmatter Award from the Philadelphia County Medical society for his career-long contributions to medicine. In 2015, CMSRU presented Dr. Viner with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Medicine, “for a lifetime of exemplary humanistic patient care and dedication to medical education”.