Randal Weber

UT Chattanooga, ’74 
UT Health Science Center, ’76

Dr. Randal Weber wearing his white coat
Photo by F. Carter Smith

Dr. Randal Weber, internationally recognized surgeon and expert in the treatment of patients with head and neck surgery, is a leader and a warrior in the fight against cancer.

After graduating from UT Chattanooga with a bachelor’s in chemistry in 1975, Weber earned a medical degree from UT Health Science Center College of Medicine. From 1978 to 1981, Weber served in the U.S. Navy as lieutenant commander and general medical officer.

A mentor at heart, Weber has served as professor and held leadership roles at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also has lent his expertise as guest lecturer and visiting professor at numerous institutions in the United States and internationally.

Weber serves as professor and chair of the department of head and neck surgery, surgical division, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he is actively involved in the development and oversight of several training fellowships and in the clinical and laboratory training of young physician scientists.

“That’s really one of the things I get a great deal of satisfaction from—taking our new fellows who come in from various institutions and imparting our knowledge on them, sharing our experience with them and teaching them how to be excellent surgeons—and then watching them leave here and go on into their careers. I find that to be one of the most gratifying things that I do.”

His dedication to the medical field is celebrated—cited among the Best Doctors in America and named one of America’s Top Doctors—Weber also has been recognized with a Presidential Citation from the American Head and Neck Society and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

Part of the Tennessee Alumnus100 Distinguished Alumni feature.