Dr. Wesley Hicks

Roswell Park Head & Neck Cancer Chair Honored With Distinguished Alumnus Award

  • Award looks for individuals with passion for leadership, education, research
  • Only the third Weill Cornell alumnus to be awarded this distinction
  • Dr. Hicks has chaired Department of Head & Neck Surgery since 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Recognized for his contributions to patient care, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Wesley Hicks Jr., MD, FACS, has earned a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Chair of the Department of Head & Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Buffalo cancer center, Dr. Hicks is only the third alumnus to receive this award from Weill Cornell. In awarding this distinction to Dr. Hicks, the school highlighted his leadership, dedication to education and impactful research. His research focuses include tissue engineering, wound healing and the mechanisms involved in wound repair. Dr. Hicks, who has co-authored more than 200 journal publications, has been on staff at Roswell Park since 1991, serving as Chair of his department since 2011.

Dr. Hicks earned his medical degree from the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed residencies at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital) and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


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