James Leighton Weese MD, FACS

James Weese

Title: Clinical Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Vice President, Aurora Cancer Care
Company: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, AdvocateAurora Health
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

James Leighton Weese, Vice President of Aurora Cancer Care (AdvocateAurora Health) and Clinical Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of oncology and medical education.

Dr. Weese became involved in his profession because he was always interested in science and helping people. He wanted to learn more about the causes and effects of cancer, the multidisciplinary care of people with cancer, and how to improve the care for those with cancer, so he matriculated at the University of Chicago, earning a BA in biology in 1970 and an MD in 1973. He is a licensed physician in the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Illinois and holds certification under the American Board of Surgery. Currently Dr. Weese oversees the care of over 8500 new cancer patients each year as Vice President of Aurora Cancer Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and teaching as a clinical adjunct professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Dr. Weese has previously been the medical director at the Advocate Christ Medical Center Cancer Institute, division head of surgical oncology at Cooper Hospital, in Camden, New Jersey, and co-director of the cancer program at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, among other prestigious roles. He is grateful for the patients who have trusted him and his mentors as well as the fellows he has trained, the medical students he has had, those who have worked in his labs and his many professional colleagues with whom he collaborated over many years.

Dr. Weese and his colleagues currently focus on creating standardized treatment for cancer that involves patients being able to know the most effective, evidence-based treatment plan for them. He also works to provide access to innovative clinical trials throughout the Aurora system. Dr. Weese encourages those interested in the field of oncology to understand that the patient needs to be the main priority and that treating patients requires drawing upon all resources and evidence available in order to best help the patient. As a testament to his success, Dr. Weese has been lauded with The Jonathan Rhoads Oration Award from the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery and has been featured in the 27th edition of Who’s Who in the East as well as the 54th edition of Who’s Who in America.

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