Walter J. Scott, MD, FACS
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Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Gloria and Edmund M. Dunn Chair in Thoracic Surgical Oncology
Early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer; lung cancer staging with PET scanning; VATS lobectomy, minimally invasive surgery (MIS), mediastinal tumors and other thoracic cancers; robotic surgery for thoracic cancers
I have dedicated my surgical career to treating cancers that involve the chest. Lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, Pancoast tumors and tumors of the chest wall and other thoracic cancers are best treated by a team of physicians. Fox Chase Cancer Center pioneered this team approach and that is one of the reasons why I joined the Center in 2001.
I have been the principal investigator or co-investigator of a number of national and international clinical trials. I have authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles, presentations and a book for patients and families.
My research is based on working with patients; thus, it is called clinical research. Before a new treatment can be widely offered, it must be closely studied and compared with the current standard treatments. Designing these studies requires the latest medical and scientific knowledge, sensitivity to the best needs of the patient and strong ethical principles. Patients benefit from my involvement in research, because I am aware of and able to offer the latest treatment approaches. Collapse
- Fellow, Research in Cardiovascular Physiology, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
- Fellow, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
- Resident, General Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
- MD, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1981
- American Board of Surgery
- American Board of Thoracic Surgery
- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- American Association for Thoracic Surgery
- American College of Chest Physicians
- American College of Surgeons
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
Honors & Awards
- Philadelphia magazine Top Docs, 2009-2015
In 2009, John Reeves took a bad fall. "That's when it all started," he recalled. At the age of 78, John didn't recover as quickly as he expected. A former high school football star and self-titled #1 concrete man in Philadelphia, John is a strong guy. He sought medical attention, and during a routine x-ray, doctors saw something suspicious.
A former smoker for 35 years, John kicked the habit in 1995. "I really didn't think about getting lung cancer anymore," he admitted.
In 2006, at age 51, David Juall was a healthy, active attorney, and a pilot, who enjoyed traveling and outdoor fun. During a court proceeding in Bucks County, he had a medical emergency and was taken to a local community hospital. It turned out he needed an emergency appendectomy. As part of his treatment, CT scans were ordered. One of the doctors discovered a suspicious spot on one of his kidneys.
Life has not been an easy ride for Charlie Gallen. In 1975, at the age of 29, Charlie, a boilermaker, lost his arm below the elbow during a work-related accident. He recovered from the injury and learned to wear a prosthesis (an artificial extension of his arm) to retain some function of his arm and hand. Charlie, who was married with one daughter at the time, enrolled in welding school and became a full-fledged welder.
Tanya Dwyer was treated in 2004 for a rare type of cancer affecting younger women, called choriocarcinoma, in Philadelphia. Choriocarcinomas usually occur in the reproductive organs and develop from cells that would typically turn into eggs in a woman's uterus. These cells usually grow quickly and spread widely.
Tanya was a single working mom at the time. "Then, several years later, I found out the cancer had recurred in my lung," she recalled. "I was devastated."
Beth Valenti always knew smoking was not a good idea, but like many people, she did it anyway. She was young and never really thought about lung cancer. But after losing her mom to cancer in 1996, Beth quit the habit cold turkey. Almost 12 years later, in March 2008, she went to the doctor complaining of pain in her arm. A series of shoulder x-rays revealed a mass on her lung. According to Beth, her doctors advised her to "go home, get your things in order and plan your funeral." She was 41 at the time.
- Quality of life after surgical treatment of thoracic cancers
- Utility of endobronchial ultrasound biopsy to replace open surgical biopsy
- Advanced VATS surgery and robotic surgery
- Genetic polymorphisms and lung cancer susceptibility
- PET detection of small lung cancers
Potential confounding factors in a comparison of femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery versus standard phacoemulsification. Talamo JH, Dick HB, Schultz T, Scott WJ. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2015 Aug;41(8):1792. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2015.06.026. No abstract available.
Femtosecond laser-assisted primary posterior capsulotomy for toric intraocular lens fixation and stabilization. Scott WJ, Owsiak RR. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2015 Aug;41(8):1767-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2015.07.002.
Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment
Second Edition 2012