Walter J. Scott, MD, FACS

Walter Scott, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

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

Treatment Focus

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

Key Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs, 2009-2016
  • America’s Top Doctors® 2016

Treatment Philosophy

I believe in treating patients in the same way that I would want a member of my family to be treated. By listening to each patient, and after a thorough discussion of all the available treatments, I strive to develop an individually-tailored treatment plan--one that offers the best chance for cure but also recognizes the importance of quality of life.

To achieve that goal, I use my experience in performing minimally invasive (video-assisted or VATS) techniques, such as VATS lobectomy, to remove malignant lung tumors. Patients benefit with a significant decrease in pain and more rapid return to normal activities. I also perform Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) patients who can achieve the same benefits.

We can offer potentially curative surgery to patients who might not have qualified in the past. I am the first surgeon in the Delaware Valley to investigate the use of ultrasound bronchoscopy (endobronchial ultrasound) to evaluate lymph nodes in the chest, a procedure that can potentially reduce the need for invasive surgery. I also offer robotic surgery for chest tumors... Expand


Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • 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


  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
    • Esophageal/Gastric Cancers Panel
  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs, 2009-2016
  • America’s Top Doctors® 2016
Patient Stories

Lawrence James

Testicular Cancer

Lawrence James

Testicular Cancer

2007 was a banner year for Connexus Technology and its owners, Lawrence James and Christopher Holland. Their company was awarded the Innovative Business of the Year Excellence Award by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Lawrence was planning to carry the excitement into 2008 by proposing to his girlfriend, Tia McNair. However, a diagnosis of a rare cancer put a temporary stop to his plans. With his faith, and the doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center on his side, Lawrence put up a strong fight and won his battle with cancer.

John Reeves

Lung Cancer

John Reeves

Lung Cancer

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.

David Juall

Kidney Cancer

David Juall

Kidney Cancer

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.

Charlie Gallen

Lung Cancer

Charlie Gallen

Lung Cancer

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

Tanya Dwyer

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."


Research Profile

Research Interests

  • 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

Selected Publications

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.
PMID: 26432150

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.
PMID: 26432136

Additional Publications


Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment by Walter Scott, MDLung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment
Walter Scott
Addicus Books
Second Edition 2012