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Arizona Surgeon Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS, Elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons


Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS

CHICAGO (December 1, 2016): Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS, was elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents (B/R) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Neumayer, a Tucson, Ariz. general surgeon, assumed her new leadership role as Vice-Chair during the ACS Clinical Congress in Washington, DC in October.

Dr. Neumayer is a professor and chair in the department of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and the Margaret and Fenton Maynard Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research. Her most recent work is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer through innovative technology and clinical trials. She has led investigations in hernia repair techniques, breast cancer treatment, surgical quality and outcomes, and surgical education techniques. Dr. Neumayer has mentored numerous faculty, residents and students in these and other pursuits.

In her role as Vice-Chair of the B/R, Dr. Neumayer will work with the Chair and other Regents and Officers to provide leadership to the Board and ensure all Regents contribute to the overall governance of the College. She will help the Chair ensure the Board receives proper information, plan board meetings, direct strategic planning every two to three years, and drive discussions toward consensus.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) since 1994, Dr. Neumayer has served many roles within the organization. She was Chair of the Committee on Medical Student Education, Vice-Chair of the Surgical Research Committee, and a Governor for the ACS Utah Chapter.  Dr. Neumayer was also Vice-Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (B/G).

Nationally, Dr. Neumayer has served as the Director of the American Board of Surgery (2006-2011) and the President of the Association of Women Surgeons (1997-1998), the Association for Surgical Education (2001-2002), and the Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons (2002-2003). She is currently secretary of the Western Surgical Association.

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About Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS
Dr. Neumayer studied biomedical engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., before earning her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. She trained in general surgery at the University of California San Francisco and at the University of Arizona. Dr. Neumayer then studied clinical research design and statistical analysis at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


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