Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, MBA, a professor and chair of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, has been elected president of the Western Surgical Association.
Established in 1891, the organization is dedicated to promoting surgery as an art and science, maintaining top-notch standards of practice and delivering the best possible care for the public. Neumayer, who had most recently served five years as secretary, will serve a one-year term as president.
“It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of the Western Surgical Association,” said Neumayer, who has been a member for several decades. “I am grateful to my colleagues for choosing me to guide the organization, which has had a significant impact on the world of surgery from an education, practice and standards-of-care standpoint.”
Neumayer lists the Western Surgical Association’s annual meeting as her favorite among all professional association meetings because of its exceptional presentations. She says the work that is shared can be applied immediately to practice.
“In addition to the great science, the Western Surgical Association provides excellent opportunities for learning across the continuum,” said Neumayer, who plans to work with other leaders of the organization to produce the highest-quality annual meeting, which is set for Nov. 6 – 9.
Neumayer is board-certified in surgery and surgical critical care. Her clinical and research interests include breast surgery, quality and surgical education. She has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and has designed, conducted and published several clinical trials for the treatment of breast cancer.
Neumayer has previously served as president of the Association of Women Surgeons, Association of VA Surgeons, Association for Surgical Education and the Society of Clinical Surgery.
About the Western Surgical Association
The Western Surgical Association intends for its activities to encompass the breadth of general surgery, including its primary and secondary components. Focal points include recent advances in basic science applicable to surgical practice, new developments in technology, issues in pre- and post-operative care, assessment of diagnostic accuracy and surgical outcomes, and critical analysis of the information provided.
Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, MBA, MS, F.A.C.S.
Chair, Department of Surgery