New Chief of Thoracic Surgery Brings to Memphis Expertise in Treating Cancer Patients

Published On 11/26/2013

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Dr. Benny Weksler is internationally recognized as a leader in treating cancer and disease of the lungs, esophagus and upper chest cavity.

Dr. Benny WekslerBenny Weksler, MBA, MD, FACS, has joined UT Methodist Physicians as chief of thoracic surgery. Dr. Weksler will also serve as chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

Dr. Weksler is an internationally known figure in thoracic surgery who most recently held senior-level positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center including associate professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of Robotic Surgery. He was also chief of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at the VA Pittsburgh Health Care System.

Dr. Weksler received his medical degree in 1987 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He completed postgraduate training and fellowships at New York Medical College (internship and residency in surgery); Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (Research Fellow in the Department of Surgery); New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery); and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Fellow in Minimally Invasive Surgery, Thoracic Surgery).    

"When Methodist, UT and The West Clinic established a partnership in 2012, our shared vision was to expand cancer care and research in our region,” said Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “Attracting a clinician and physician scientist of Dr. Weksler's stature is a key step in bringing that vision to life. Cancer patients in our region will benefit greatly from his expertise."

“I am very excited with the opportunity to join UTHSC, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, and the West Cancer Center, to jointly develop a world-class Thoracic Oncology program,” said Weksler. “It is a great time to be in Memphis, and I hope to be able to use my skills in minimally invasive thoracic surgery and knowledge in the management of thoracic cancers to make a difference in the Memphis community”.

A recognized authority in his field, Dr. Weksler has received prestigious recognition being selected for inclusion on lists of America’s Top Doctors issued by both Castle Connolly and U.S. News & World Report. With experience gleaned from faculty, hospital and administrative appointments, he maintains memberships in a number of scientific and professional societies including the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society, Association for Academic Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Weksler is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. Serving as a reviewer for various industry journals, he has also authored some 70 lectures, articles, abstract presentations and manuscripts.