Board-certified Thoracic Surgeon Joins HOACNY

David Wormuth, a board-certified thoracic surgeon, has joined Hematology/Oncology Associates of CNY (HOACNY).

“As HOACNY continually evaluates changes in the healthcare landscape, a need for a comprehensive thoracic surgery presence in our community was apparent,” says Maryann Roefaro, HOACNY CEO. “To ensure our patients continue to receive the highest level of care for lung disease and cancer, we are excited to welcome Dr. Wormuth to our family of physicians.”

Receiving his medical degree from SUNY Upstate and a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, Wormuth is board-certified in general surgery, thoracic surgery and clinical informatics. Wormuth’ experience and credentials are vast and varied.

Wormuth is the past president of the NYS chapter of the American College of Surgeons and current American College of Surgeons governor, as well as chairman of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Informatics Task Force.

Locallly, he is chairman of the department of surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and section head for thoracic surgery at Crouse Hospital. Wormuth also serves as a clinical assistant professor at SUNY Upstate, and as an attending surgeon for all the Syracuse area hospitals, including the Veterans Administration Hospital. Prior to moving to Central New York, Wormuth practiced medicine in Rochester.

Thoracic surgeons operate on the organs of the chest, including the esophagus (tube between mouth and stomach), the trachea (airway) and the chest wall (rib cage and breastbone). Thoracic surgery is often used to diagnose or repair lungs affected by cancer, trauma or pulmonary disease. For lung cancer, surgery may remove nodules, tumors and lymph nodes to diagnose, stage and treat the disease.

“At HOACNY we have been fortunate to see survival rates from lung and other thoracic cancers continue to rise thanks to advances in early detection and treatment,” said Roefaro. “Adding Dr. Wormuth’s expertise to the HOACNY care team, along with a new Thoracic Nurse Navigator, furthers our mission to providing every patient the highest quality care for healing their body, mind and spirit.”

Hematology/Oncology Associates of CNY was established in 1982 and has offices in Auburn, Camillus, East Syracuse and Syracuse and Auburn. The only cancer practice in CNY certified for quality by The American Society of Clinical Oncology, HOACNY also serves as an oncology medical home.

Photo: Wormuth