Steven Wexner, MD

Steven Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon)

Director, Digestive Disease Center
Chair, Department of Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, Florida
Professor of Surgery, Ohio State University College of Medicine
Affiliate Professor, Dept of Surgery, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Affiliate Professor of Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Affiliate Professor, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University
Clinical Professor, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Case Western Reserve University

Professional Activities and Distinctions

Dr. Wexner completed medical school at Cornell University, general surgery residency at Roosevelt Hospital New York, and colorectal surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota.  He is the Director of the Digestive Disease Center and has been on Staff at Cleveland Clinic Florida since 1988.  He has been the Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery since 1993, was Chief of Staff from 1997-2008, Chief Academic Officer from 2008-2012, and Chairman of the Division of Research and Education from 1995-2012.  Dr. Wexner holds academic appointments as Affiliate Professor at Florida Atlantic University; Clinical Professor at Florida International University; Affiliate Professor of Surgery at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; Professor of Surgery at the Ohio State 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, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hadassah Medical Organization, Jerusalem, Israel; and Visiting Professor at the University of Belgrade in Serbia.  In 1999, he was awarded an FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland and in 2000 was awarded an FRCS ad eundum from the Royal College of Surgeons in England; and in 2008 by unanimous election of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the highest distinction conferred by the Council. In 2015, Dr. Wexner was awarded honorary membership in the European Surgical Association and the European Society of Coloproctology.  In 2013, Dr. Wexner was awarded an honorary foreign membership in the Argentina Society of Coloproctology. In 2012, Dr. Wexner was awarded the degree of PhD honoris causa by the University of Belgrade. In 2003, The American Jewish Committee presented Dr. Wexner with the prestigious Maimonides Award.  In 2013, he was awarded Professor Emeritus of I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University.  In 2016, Dr. Wexner was recognized by Cleveland Clinic Florida as Master Clinician.  In 2017, Dr. Wexner was awarded an honorary membership into the Society of General Surgery of Peru, and honorary fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  In 2018, he was elected as an honorary member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Wexner is the Past President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Research Foundation (2014-2016), Ex-Officio Member of the Executive Council of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Past President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (2011-2012), Past President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (2010-2011), and the Past President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (2006-2007). Dr. Wexner has served as a Governor to the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Residency Review Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery.  In 2012, Dr. Wexner was elected as a Regent of the American College of Surgeons.  On a local level, he has also served as the President of the Florida Gastroenterologic Society (2004-2005) and the South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (2002-2004). Dr. Wexner has also been granted six patents and is a consultant for several  commercial entities.

 

Areas of Research and Publication

Dr. Wexner was the first surgeon in North America to popularize the colonic J-pouch for rectal cancer.  Due to the study in which he participated and published, that procedure is now an acceptable standard of care for patients with rectal carcinoma. The same is true with his innovations for fecal incontinence and research of laparoscopy for colon and rectal cancer.  Dr. Wexner has published 694 manuscripts,   252 textbook chapters, and 128 editorial and invited commentaries.  He is the editor or co-editor of 34 textbooks or freestanding volumes to date and is a member of 54 editorial boards and a reviewer for an additional 35 journals.  He is an active member of 42 learned societies and has held more than 70 appointed or elected offices in these societies.  He is an honorary member of the surgical societies of nine other countries and has held over 65 visiting professorships and delivered over 2080 scientific lectures.  He has received 17 national, international, and regional awards for his research and is the Symposium Director of the Annual International Colorectal Disease Symposium held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  This course is the largest annual international colorectal course in the United States.  In addition, Dr. Wexner trains 15-20 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.