Mark C. Weissler, MD, FACS, was elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the 2014 Clinical Congress, after serving as Vice-Chair for two terms. An otolaryngologist, Dr. Weissler is the Joseph P. Riddle Distinguished Professor, department of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, and chief, division of head and neck surgery, University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.
As Chair of the Board of Regents, Dr. Weissler will work closely with the ACS Executive Director and will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The College’s 22-member Board of Regents formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the College. The Board’s diversity and the variety of experiences and interests among its members enable the Regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery.
Dr. Weissler’s practice at UNC focuses on the treatment of head and neck cancer, laser head and neck surgery, and laryngeal/tracheal stenosis. He is also a co-investigator on the Carolina Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology Study (CHANCE). CHANCE is a population-based, case-control study of head and neck cancer in a 46-county region of North Carolina. The study evaluates the relationship between polymorphisms of diverse genes that, in combination with exposure to tobacco and alcohol, modify the risk of head and neck cancer. His recent work has focused on new treatment paradigms for human papillomavirus-associated oropharyngeal cancer.
An ACS Fellow since 1989, Dr. Weissler has been an ACS Regent since 2006 and was Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents (2012–2014). He served on the ACS Board of Governors (2002–2007) and in other leadership capacities for the College, including: Chair, Committee on Ethics (2011–present); Chair, Central Judiciary Committee (2011–2012); member and Past-Chair, Advisory Council for Otolaryngology (2002–present); and President, North Carolina Chapter of the ACS (2002–2003).
In addition, Dr. Weissler is one of 15 directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology (2012–present), chair of the membership committee of the American Laryngological Association (2012–2014), and a member of numerous other medical and surgical associations.
Dr. Weissler is a member of the editorial board of ACS Surgery News (2007–present), was a case report associate editor for Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (2009–2012), and is a reviewer for Head & Neck (1998–present) and Archives of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (1994–present).
A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, MA, six-year medical program in 1980, Dr. Weissler completed two years of general surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, in 1982 and a residency in otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University, in 1985, followed by a fellowship in head and neck oncologic surgery at the University of Cincinnati, OH (1985–1986).