Department of Otolaryngology
Chair - Head and Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Cell growth, differentiation and development; Ear, Nose, Throat (Otolaryngology); Oncology; Plastic Surgery for Head (Ear, Nose,Throat)
Wesley L. Hicks Jr., M.D., is chair of the Head and Neck/Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Hicks is Board Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is also a tenured Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery and Bioengineering at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
His research interests focus on tissue engineering, wound healing and mechanisms involved in wound repair. His laboratory is studying novel work in bioengineered devices for enhanced wound repair, as well as cellular microenvironment effecting tissue remodeling and repair.
Dr. Hicks was recently named one of the nation’s Top Cancer Doctors by Newsweek magazine and is a recipient of the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award. He was also selected as one of the top 100 physicians in the nation by Black Enterprise magazine.
He earned his dental degree at Meharry Medical College and his medical degree at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York Hospital — Cornell Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, and his Fellowship in Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA.
Dr. Hicks is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the National Medical Association, the Triologic Society, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Head & Neck Society, and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. He was a Senior Examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology.
His community affiliations include board memberships on the Board of Directors of HealthNow Inc./BlueCross BlueShield of New York State, the Urban League, the advisory board of First Niagara Bank and WBFO — the National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. He also is a Commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
Dr. Hicks has authored or co-authored more than 200 journal publications, book chapters and abstracts, and has been issued a number of patents related to his interest in tissue engineering and wound healing.