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Steven Wexner MD Appointed President Elect of American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons

July 9, 2010

Steven D. Wexner, MD, Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery, Chief Academic Officer and emeritus Chief of Staff at Cleveland Clinic Florida has been elected president elect of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). He will assume the presidency in 2011.

Dr. Wexner is also Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine, in Boca Raton, Fla., at Cleveland Clinic Florida and Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Fla., at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

He served as President of the Florida Gastroenterologic Society from 2004 to 2005 and the South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons from 2000-2004.

“Dr. Wexner is world-renowned for his work in pioneering new treatment options for patients with colon and rectal diseases, said Bernie Fernandez, MD, chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “We are fortunate to have him at Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he has built our Department of Colorectal Surgery, which has five outstanding surgeons and a robust residency program. It is fitting for him to be elevated to president elect of the ASCRS where on a national level, he can continue to advance science through research and education for the prevention and management of colorectal diseases.”

Dr. Wexner served a three-year term on the Executive Council (2002-2005) and three years as ASCRS Secretary before becoming President-elect. He also served a two-year term as Vice President of the ASCRS Research Foundation, was a member of the Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Editorial Board from 1998-2005, and senior editor of the ASCRS Textbook from 2006-2011.

In addition, Dr. Wexner was Chair of the Advisory Council for Colon and Rectal Surgeons of the American College of Surgeons from 2004-2006, member of the Residency Review Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery from 1999-2004, and served on the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery from 2005-2013. He was a governor of the American College of Surgeons from 2000 to 2006, and President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) from 2006 to 2007. Dr. Wexner holds honorary fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons (London) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the German Surgical Society, and 17 other national surgical societies.

Dr. Wexner has published over 500 manuscripts, more than 200 textbooks chapters and more than 90 editorial and invited commentaries. He is the editor and co-editor of 25 textbooks or freestanding volumes to date and is a member of 30 editorial boards and a reviewer for an additional 32 journals. He is an active member of 41 learned societies and has held more than 36 appointed or elected offices in these societies. He is an honorary member of the surgical societies of eight other countries and has held over 40 visiting professorships and delivered more than 1200 scientific lectures. He has received 16 national, international and regional awards for his research and is the symposium director of the Annual International Colorectal Disease Symposium held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dr. Wexner earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, in New York City, NY. He completed a general surgery residency at Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY, and a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He has been included in national editions of Best Doctors in American and in America’s Top Doctors every year for the last 10 years.

Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has nearly 180 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital, which was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters. The hospital was also designated by Thomson Reuters one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care (2007, 2008, 2009) and one of America’s Best Hospitals for gynecology by U.S. News & World Report. Cleveland Clinic Florida is 1 of only 13 hospitals in the nation recognized at the Gold level of the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines program for Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure and Stroke. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) is an association of surgeons and other professionals dedicated to assuring high quality patient care by advancing the science through research nd education for prevention and management of disorders of the colon, rectum and anus.