White Plains, NY- (June 12, 2013) – Since coming to White Plains Hospital in January, 2012, Todd Weiser, M.D., Director of Thoracic Surgery; and Cynthia Chin, M.D., Director of the Women’s Cancer Program, have substantially built on their reputations as nationally recognized leaders in innovative surgical techniques to treat lung cancer and other diseases of the thorax.
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women, causing more deaths annually than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate). The number of lung cancer deaths has increased in recent years, particularly among women, according to the American Lung Association.
Drs. Weiser and Chin, both former attending surgeons and Assistant Professors of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, have been performing surgery together for the past seven years. One of their specialties is VATS (video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery) lobectomy, a minimally invasive approach to treating lung cancer. This procedure offers patients smaller incisions with less scarring, reduced postoperative pain, faster recovery, and generally fewer complications when compared to the traditional, large incision, approach. Currently, White Plains Hospital is doing more of these procedures than any other hospital in Westchester County.
Drs. Chin and Weiser are nationally recognized leaders in performing minimally-invasive lobectomies for lung cancer. They both were invited to serve as instructors for the Thoracoscopic Lobectomy (VATS) hands-on course at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 49th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles in January of this year. It was at this prestigious meeting where they taught their techniques to thoracic surgeons from around the country and abroad.
During the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference in Philadelphia last month, Dr. Weiser, who is also an expert in diseases of the trachea, presented to a group of physicians from all over the world on the principles of tracheal surgery and demonstrated advanced bronchoscopic procedures.
Also including long-serving surgeons Drs. Scott Berman and Robert Streisand, the group has started performing robotic surgery on lung patients, which also offers faster recovery time and reduced risk for post-surgical complications. With White Plains Hospital performing more state-of-the-art, innovative thoracic surgeries than any other hospital in the region, Dr. Weiser emphasizes that patients are at an advantage. “There is no need to add the burden of travel to receive the best cancer treatment,” says Dr. Weiser. “No institution in the area is better suited to deliver patients the outcomes they deserve.”
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center, The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopedic Institute. The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, with more than 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County licensed to perform emergency & elective angioplasty. The Hospital is a nine-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. WPH is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc. For additional information, visit http://www.wphospital.org.