Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg)
Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg), was recently elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the College’s virtual Clinical Congress 2020, held October 3–7. Dr. Wexner is Chair of the Department of Colorectal Surgery and Director of the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston and Clinical Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
As Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents, Dr. Wexner will become Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents Finance Committee, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee, and Regental Liaison to the ACS Board of Governors Executive Committee. Further, in the absence or inability to act as the Board of Regents Chair, the Vice-Chair will perform the duties of the Chair. The College’s 24-member Board of Regents formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the College. The Board members’ diversity and variety of experiences and interests enable the Regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery.
Dr. Wexner has been a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 1991 and has served as an ACS Regent since 2012. He is renowned for his work in the field of colon and rectal surgery and was the first surgeon in North America to popularize the colonic J-pouch for rectal cancer, a procedure that is now an acceptable standard of care for patients with rectal carcinoma. He also developed significant innovations for fecal incontinence and research into laparoscopy for colon and rectal cancers.