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I am so proud to share that Inspira recently welcomed Charles Shieh, M.D., a board-certifed thoracic surgeon to our team of cancer care providers. He sees patients at The Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion at Inspira Medical Center Vineland and our new leading-edge cancer center at Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill. He specializes in minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment techniques such as endobronchial ultrasound, navigational bronchoscopy, and thoracoscopic and robotic surgery.
Dr. Shieh treats patients through all stages of lung cancer, from screenings to surgical follow-ups. What sets his work apart from many thoracic surgeons across the country is an emphasis on both ends of the spectrum: increased lung cancer screenings for prevention and innovative surgical techniques for treatment.
In the past, chemotherapy and major surgery were something of a one-size-fits-all approach to lung cancer treatment. Inspira’s team of oncological and thoracic specialists are challenging that idea.
“People assume if they get lung cancer, they’re immediately going to have major surgery,” Dr. Shieh shared in a recent publication. “But our approaches allow the patient to recover more quickly than if they had undergone traditional thoracic open surgery.”
While not all patients can avoid open surgery, at Inspira it’s the exception, not the rule. Almost 95 percent of Dr. Shieh’s surgeries are performed minimally invasively.
Dr. Shieh believes what makes Inspira’s approach different is that we don’t jump to surgery as the first answer. Inspira’s doctors consider the whole person rather than the disease, so physicians offer a more holistic approach to treatment. Analyzing a patient’s health and history, including genetics and lifestyle habits, becomes vital when developing a personalized care plan.
Inspira’s comprehensive cancer program offers a variety of educational outreach that builds relationships between its care team and the community. Already, Dr. Shieh has hosted a virtual information session about lung health, cancer risks and screening benefits. You can view the recording here.
Dr. Shieh received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery residency at Lankenau Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Shieh then completed fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons.
Since 2016, Dr. Shieh has served as attending surgeon with Emory Specialty Associates, as part of Emory Healthcare in Georgia, where he was most recently selected by his peers as one of the "Top Cardiothoracic Surgeons" in Atlanta Magazine.
To make an appointment with Dr. Shieh, please call 1-800-INSPIRA. To learn more about the comprehensive cancer services available at Inspira, please visit our website.
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