Two UA Surgery Professors Named to Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™

TUCSON, Ariz. – Two University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson surgery professors are among 91 surgeons from seven nations selected to the new American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

The new Master Surgeon Educators are UA Department of Surgery Chair Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS, and Professor James H. McClenathan, MD, FACS .

Leigh Neumayer, MD, MS, FACS

New academy members are selected through a rigorous peer-review process and induction into the academy is a very high honor, recognizing surgeons who have devoted their careers to surgical education.

Dr. Neumayer, also a professor in the department, is a renowned breast cancer surgeon. She is past president of the Association for Surgical Education and has been recognized nationally for her contributions as a surgical educator and advocate for women in medicine. She also is the current chair of the Board of Regents for the ACS.

Dr. McClenathan practices as a general surgeon, specializing in soft-tissue masses, gallbladder removal and other general laparoscopic procedures. His research interests include surgical education and Burkitt’s lymphoma. Before joining the UA in 2008, Dr. McClenathan was affiliated with Stanford University.

Both physicians perform surgery and instruct UA medical students and surgical residents at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South.

“I am pleased that Drs. Neumayer and McClenathan have been recognized with this distinction,” said Irving L. Kron, MD, interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson. “I can think of no surgeons more deserving of this award. I am proud that our faculty members continue to ask questions and are devoted to exploring and improving surgical education.”

James H. McClenathan, MD, FACS

As master surgeon educators, Drs. Neumayer and McClenathan will work closely with the ACS Division of Education to advance the science and practice of avant-garde surgical education and training.

In addition to supporting the mission and goals of the academy, members must participate in academy programs and activities.  

“This is an important time in medicine for such an accomplished and innovative group of surgeon-educators to come together. Underscoring the critical importance of surgical education in a changing health-care environment will be one major focus for the work of the Academy,” said ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD. “We congratulate and welcome all members and associate members of the inaugural class.”

Drs. Neumayer and McClenathan attended the academy’s formal Oct. 3 induction ceremony at the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium in Chicago. 

For a list of all surgeons honored with selection to the academy, please visit:


About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is shaping the future of medicine through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research and advancements in patient care in Arizona and beyond. Founded in 1967, the college boasts more than 50 years of innovation, ranking among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care. Through the university’s partnership with Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, the college is leading the way in academic medicine. For more information, please visit 

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, please visit

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Oct. 29, 2018

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