Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS, is the 2016–2017 Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents (B/R) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Neumayer, a Tucson, AZ, general surgeon, assumed her new leadership role at the ACS Clinical Congress in Washington, DC, in October 2016.
Dr. Neumayer is professor and chair, department of surgery, 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.
As Vice-Chair of the B/R, Dr. Neumayer will work with B/R Chair Michael J. Zinner, MD, FACS, 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 B/R receives proper information, plan board meetings, direct strategic planning every two to three years, and drive discussions toward consensus.
A legacy of leadership
A Fellow of the ACS since 1994, Dr. Neumayer has served in many roles within the organization. She has served on the B/R since 2009 and was Chair of the Committee on Medical Student Education (2001−2003), Vice-Chair of the Surgical Research Committee (2015−2016), and a Governor for the Utah Chapter of the ACS (2002−2008). Dr. Neumayer also was Vice-Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors (2004−2006) and chaired the Nominating Committee of the B/R (2012−2013).
Other national leadership positions that she has held include director of the American Board of Surgery (2006-2011), president of the Association of Women Surgeons (1997-1998), president of the Association for Surgical Education (2001-2002), and president of the Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons (2002-2003). At present, she is secretary of the Western Surgical Association.
Dr. Neumayer studied biomedical engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, before earning her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. 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.