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).