Dr. Thomas K. Weber is Academic Professor of Surgery at the State University of New York in Brooklyn, New York and Surgeon-in-Chief, VA New York Harbor Health Care System, Brooklyn Campus. In his current position Dr. Weber has led major initiatives to improve operating room productivity, surgical quality improvement and enhanced multidisciplinary training and care for the surgical patient at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center. In addition he has successfully led multiple new innovations including the establishment of a genetic counseling service, Surgical Telemedicine, implementation of a surgical simulation center, enhanced postoperative pain control templates and improved communication between surgical teams and waiting family members during extensive surgical procedures. To enhance quality assurance and surgical outcomes he has designed an objective analytic analysis of response and completion times of ancillary service response to requests from the Surgical service including radiology, cardiology and infectious disease. He has also recently led the full integration of the Manhattan VA Surgical Service into the Brooklyn VA Medical Center following the Hurricane Sandy evacuation of all Manhattan VA patients and staff to the Brooklyn Campus on October 28th, 2012 and their return to Manhattan 6 months later in May 2013.
Dr. Weber is a recent member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. He is an American Cancer Society Research Scholar, an NIH funded scientific investigator and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Annals of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Weber is Chair Emeritus of the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table (www.nccrt.org) which is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society. He is a recent past President and current Council member of the Collaborative Group of the Americas for the study of hereditary colorectal cancer(www.cgaicc.com). Dr. Weber is a recent Co-Chair and now Special Advisor to the NYC Health Department sponsored "Citywide 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 is an active member of the Human Variome Project, a global effort to study the contribution of genetic variation to Human disease including cancer ( www.humanvariome.org). Dr. Weber is the Site Director for the SUNY Downstate Surgical Residency Program and the School of Medicine 3rd year Surgical Clerkship. He also Directs the internationally recognized Surgical Oncology Translational Research Fellowship Program, mentoring young investigators interested in academic surgical careers and cancer research. Dr. Weber is also the Founder and Organizer of New York's first colon cancer awareness event, the annual Colon Cancer Challenge ( www.coloncancerchallenge.org) held in Central Park in conjunction with the New York Road Runners. The 2013 Challenge was held on Sunday April 7th , attracted over 8000 participants and raised over $500,000 to support colon cancer prevention, patient advocacy, screening for the uninsured and translational research efforts around the world.