Steering Committee Member – Thomas Weber MD, FACS

Thomas Weber MD, FACS

State University of New York

Dr. Weber is Professor of Surgery at the State University of New York at Downstate and Chief of Surgery at the Department of Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn Campus. He is a recent member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. Dr Weber is an American Cancer Society Research Scholar, an NIH funded scientific investigator and a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Weber is the current Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table ( in Washington DC which is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society. He is a recent past President of the Collaborative Group of the Americas for the study of Hereditary Colorectal Cancer and a member of InSiGHT; the International Society for the Study of Hereditary Gastrointestinal Tumors.

Dr. Weber is also Co-Chair of the NYC Health Department sponsored City Wide Colorectal Cancer Control Coalition (“C5”). He has published extensively on hereditary colorectal cancer and is a frequent invited speaker on that subject at national and international meetings. He has recently joined the Advisory Board of the Human Variome Project a global effort, to study the contribution of genetic variation to Human disease including cancer and he was recently appointed to Chair the NCI Colon Cancer Family Registry Working Group / Liaison with the VA Genomic Medicine Program. He directs the Colorectal Cancer Research Program in the Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate and is Site Director for the SUNY Downstate Department of Surgery Residency Program at the Brooklyn VA.

He also directs the SUNY Surgical Research Unit at the Brooklyn VA and is the Principal Investigator of The VA New York Harbor Colorectal Cancer Genomics Pilot Project, an IRB approved feasibility study of implementing cancer related clinical genetics and genomics research at NY Harbor in collaboration with the VA Genomic Medicine Program. Dr. Weber is President of the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation a 501c3 Public Charity responsible for organizing the annual Colon Cancer Challenge held in Central Park in conjunction with the New York Road Runners. The “Challenge” is the nation’s largest public colorectal cancer awareness event. This year’s Challenge (2010), held on Sunday March 28th, attracted approximately 10,000 participants from 46 states and 3 continents and raised over $250,000 to support colon cancer prevention, patient advocacy, screening for the uninsured and research.

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