Department of Surgery Welcomes New Thoracic Section Chief Dr. Stephanie Worrell

Friday, January 14, 2022

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Surgery is pleased to welcome Stephanie Worrell, MD, as an assistant professor and thoracic section chief in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Dr. Worrell held the titles of assistant professor of surgery, associate program director of the Thoracic Surgery Fellowship and chair of the Robotic Steering Committee at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, where she received the Mary Hellerstein Junior Faculty Development Award and was selected for FLEX IX Leadership Program.

“We are extremely excited to have Dr. Worrell join our division and lead our thoracic surgery program,” said Robert Hooker, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “Dr. Worrell is a gifted surgeon, established researcher and a true leader. She will help make this program one of the premier thoracic centers in the country. We welcome her and her family to our community.”

Dr. Worrell completed her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan and her residency in general surgery at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. In addition to her leadership in growing thoracic surgery in the department, Dr. Worrell will also be the new associate program director of the General Surgery Residency Program.

“Education is the cornerstone of surgery. I am thrilled to teach, mentor and foster the next generation of surgeons,” she said.

Dr. Worrell is active in many national societies and holds numerous leadership positions. She is the mentorship chair for the Women in Thoracic Surgery organization, chair of the esophageal cancer guidelines through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and member of the workforce on evidence-based guidelines and the workforce of the annual meeting.

She has published many peer-reviewed articles on thoracic surgery, with a focus on outcomes and treatments for esophageal and lung cancer, and she is currently an associate editor of the Foregut Journal and section editor for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons learning curriculum. Dr. Worrell is board certified in both thoracic and general surgery.