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Steven Wexner, MD

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Steven Wexner, MD
Department: Colorectal Surgery Florida
Department Chair
Location: Florida, Weston
Mail Code WESTON
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL 33331
WorkAppointment:800.359.5101
DeskDesk:954.659.5278
WorkFax:954.659.5252
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS, FRCS(Ed), is the Director of the Digestive Disease Center and Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery since 1993. He previously served as Chief Academic Officer (2007-2012), Chief of Staff (1997-2007), and Chairman of the Division of Research and Education (1996-2007) at Cleveland Clinic Florida. 

Dr. Wexner holds academic appointments as Affiliate Professor at Florida Atlantic University; Clinical Professor at Florida International University; Affiliate Professor, Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida; Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation Health Sciences Center of The Ohio State University; Research Professor of Biomedical Science at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University; Affiliate Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Professor of Surgery, University of Siena, Siena, Italy; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hadassah Medical Organization, Jerusalem, Israel; Honorary Professor at the University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia, and Honorary Professor of Surgery at the First Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia. 

Dr. Wexner holds numerous honorary fellowships from medical and surgical societies throughout the world. In 1999, he was awarded an FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, and in 2000 he was awarded an FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons in England. In 2003, the American Jewish Committee presented Dr. Wexner with the prestigious Maimonides Award. In 2012, Dr. Wexner was awarded the degree of Ph.D. honoris causa by the University of Belgrade.  He was awarded an FRCS by unanimous election of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2008.  He is also an honorary member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.  

Dr. Wexner is the Past President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Past President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Past President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Past President of the Florida Gastroenterologic Society, and the Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.  In 2012 he was elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and is also a member of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Wexner is also a Fellow of the American Surgical Association. 

Dr. Wexner has published over 550 manuscripts, more than 220 textbook chapters and more than 100 editorial and invited commentaries. He is the editor or co-editor of 26 textbooks or freestanding volumes to date and is a member of 34 editorial boards and a reviewer for an additional 31 journals. He is an active member of 41 learned societies and has held more than 35 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 over 1,270 scientific lectures. 

Dr. Wexner has received 11 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. This course is the largest annual international colorectal course in the United States. In addition, Dr. Wexner trains 15 to 20 surgeons per year in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, surgical oncology and the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease. In that capacity, he has been the host educator to thousands of surgeons from around the world.  

Dr. Wexner has been elected by his peers as one of the best colorectal surgeons for inclusion in "The Best Doctors in America" (Woodard and White, 1995 to 2013), "The Best Doctors in America" (American Health, 1996), "Best Doctors in America" (2005-06, 2007-08), " The 318 Top Cancer Specialists for Women," Good Housekeeping magazine (1999), "How to Find the Best Doctors?" (2000), "Best Doctors in South Florida," Miami Metro magazine (2000 and 2001), "America's Top Doctors" (Castle Connolly, 2005 - 2013), "Guide to America's Top Surgeons" 2008, Consumers' Research Council of America (2002-03, 2006-12), "America's Top Doctors for Cancer," Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (2005-13) and "Executive Health: Top Docs," South Florida CEO Business magazine (2002),  Strathmore's Who's Who (2006-07, 2008-09), "The Top Docs: 152 Physicians in 30 Specialties in South Florida," Boca Life magazine (Jun. 2007), "Top Docs" Boca Life magazine (May 2012), "150 Top Docs" Gold Coast Magazine of South Florida (2009-11), "Top Docs of South Florida" Gold Coast Magazine of South Florida (2010, 2012), "Guide to America's Top Gastroenterologists" (2007-13), and "2008 and 2009 Florida Super Doctors" South Florida Edition of the Miami Herald, "2012 South Florida Super Doctors" City & Shore magazine, "Presidential Who's Who" 2011 Edition, and "Best Doctor" US News and World Report (2011-13).

Professional Highlights

  • Regent, Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2012 -2015
  • Member, Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons (CoC-ACS) 2012 - 2015
  • President, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) 2011-2012
  • President, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ABCRS) 2010-2011
  • President, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)2006-2007
  • President, Florida Gastroenterologic Society (FGS) 2004-2005
  • President, South Florida Chapter American College of Surgeons 2000-2004
  • Secretary, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) 2008-2010
  • Governor, American College of Surgeons 2000-2006
  • Member, Executive Committee, Fellowship Council 2010-2016

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic
Colorectal Surgery
Minneapolis, MN USA
1988
Residency - Roosevelt Hospital
Surgery
New York, NY USA
1987
Internship - Roosevelt Hospital
Surgery
New York, NY USA
1983
Medical School - Cornell University Medical College
New York, NY USA
1982
Undergraduate - Columbia University
New York, NY USA
1978

Certifications

  • Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery

Specialty Interests

Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectourethral Fistulas, Reoperative Surgery, Redo J Pouch Surgery, Sacral Neuromodulation, Advanced Operations for Fecal Incontinence, Gracilis Muscle Transfers

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White, 1995-2013
  • Best Doctors in America, American Health, 1996
  • Best Doctors in South Florida, Miami Metro magazine, 2000, 2001
  • Top 318 Cancer Specialists for Women, Good Housekeeping magazine, 1999
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2002-2013
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly, 2005-2013
  • Guide to America's Top Surgeons, Consumers' Research Council of America, 2002-03, 2006-2013 
  • Guide to America's Top Gastroenterologists, Castle Connolly, 2007-2013
  • Executive Health: Top Docs, South Florida CEO Business, 2002
  • The Top Docs, Boca Life magazine, June 2007 
  • Florida Super Doctors, South Florida Edition of the Miami Herald, 2008, 2009
  • 21st Century Chair in Colorectal Surgery
Honorary Fellowships and Memberships:
  • Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
  • University of Belgrade
  • Hospital 12 de Octubre University of Madrid, Spain
  • Royal College of Surgeons, England
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Academia Argentina de Cirugia, Argentine Surgical Academy
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Chirurgie, German Surgical Society
  • Colegio Brasileiro de Cirurgioes, Brasilian College of Surgeons
  • Sydney Colorectal Surgical Society, Australia and New Zealand
  • Welsh Surgical Traveling Club
  • Colorectal Surgery Society of Singapore
  • Hong Kong Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • International College of Surgeons, Japanese Section
  • Eurasian Colorectal Technologies Association
  • Colorectal Surgical Society of Argentina

Innovations & Patents

One of the pioneers in the surgical management of rectal carcinoma (cancer) as well as laparoscopy and the surgical treatment of fecal incontinence. Dr Wexner has been an innovator in numerous patents and has licensed intellectual property through CCF Innovations to companies including Covidien, Karl Storz Endoscopy, Power Medical Innovations, and NovoGi

Memberships

  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of American and Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
  • International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • International College of Surgeons - United States Section
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Florida Gastroenterologic Society
  • Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 

Treatment & Services

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/13/2014, Dr. Wexner has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Wexner receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • CRH Medical Corporation
  • Incontinent Control Devices, Inc.
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.
  • Mederi Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Medtronic, Inc.
  • Novadaq Technologies, Inc.
  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Precision Therapeutics, Inc.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Wexner receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Covidien plc.
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.
  • NovoGI

Equity. Dr. Wexner owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • Unique Surgical Innovations, LLC

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Wexner may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Covidien plc.
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.
  • NovoGI

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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