Roswell Park head & neck cancer chairman honored

Physician Wesley Hicks Jr., chairman of the department of head and neck, plastic and reconstructive surgery at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, has recently earned a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Weill Cornell Medical Center for his contributions to patient care.

Hicks is only the third alumnus to receive this award from Weill Cornell. In awarding this distinction, the school highlighted Hicks’ leadership, dedication to education and impactful research. His research focuses include tissue engineering, wound healing and the mechanisms involved in wound repair.

Hicks, who has co-authored more than 200 journal publications, has been on staff at Roswell Park since 1991, serving as chairman of his department since 2011.

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.