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Published on August 12, 2016

Abington Hospital Welcomes New Thoracic Surgeon

ABINGTON, PA (August 12, 2016) – Abington – Jefferson Health is pleased to welcome fellowship-trained thoracic surgeon, Walter Joseph Scott, MD, FACS as chief of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at Abington Hospital. Board-certified in thoracic surgery and skilled in traditional “open” chest surgery, Scott has dedicated his surgical career to developing minimally invasive surgical techniques (VATS) and robotic surgery for the treatment of patients with all types of thoracic cancers (e.g., lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other cancers involving the chest).

“My goal when treating patients is to develop tailored treatment plans that offer the highest chance of survival, but that also focus on quality of life,” said Scott. “I was drawn to Abington – Jefferson Health by the combined strengths of the two institutions and their joint vision for the future of medicine.”

Scott earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. Scott served as a surgical resident at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was later chief resident, general surgery. He also served as a research fellow in cardiovascular physiology and a fellow in cardiothoracic surgery, both at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Supported by a grant from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Scott attended Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Most recently, he served as chief of the division of thoracic surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

“Lung cancer screening through low-dose CT scans has provided an opportunity for people to be diagnosed with lung cancer earlier,” said John J. Kelly, MD, EVP, chief clinical officer, Jefferson and chief of staff, Abington – Jefferson Health. “That, paired with Dr. Scott’s excellent surgical skills, will give lung cancer patients a genuine chance for cure.”

Scott is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

Scott was named one of Philadelphia’s Top Doctors in Thoracic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine in 2016. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 academic articles, books, chapters and abstracts on thoracic cancers, treatments and surgery, including a book for patients and families entitled “Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment” (Addicus Books). Scott has also served as the co-investigator and principal investigator for many national and international clinical trials. He served as a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a group of U.S. cancer experts that publishes guidelines for treating nearly all types of cancer. The “NCCN Guidelines” are used by cancer centers throughout the United States.


About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, two urgent Care Centers and five convenient outpatient facilities, which include Abington Health Center – Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. In addition, some physicians are members of Abington Health Physicians, an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, a newly formed organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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