Female reproductive cancer doctors join St Peter’s

Two leading experts in the treatment of female reproductive cancers have joined the network of Saint Peter’s physician associates.

Marie Welshinger, MD, and Michael Worley Jr., MD, care for patients on Easton Avenue, down the road from Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick.

A former clinical and research fellow at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, and formerly chief of gynecologic oncology at New York Hospital, Queens, Dr. Welshinger is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and gynecologic oncology. Dr. Worley completed a fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts. Widely published in his field, he has lectured at Harvard Medical School.

“Dr. Marie Welshinger and Dr. Michael Worley are important additions to Saint Peters Physician Associates,” said Anthony Passannante Jr., MD, chief medical officer, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, and president, Saint Peter’s Physician Associates. “Not only do they allow us to continue to provide high quality surgical oncology services to our GYN patients, they enable us to expand those services to include robotically and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. They are a welcome addition to our growing multi specialty enterprise.”

Drs. Worley and Welshinger are part of the women’s health team that practices at 78 Easton Ave., one of the more than 20 locations in the community where Saint Peter’s Physician Associates care for patients. Thomas Magliaro, MD, provides specialized gynecologic care, including screening for pre-cancerous gynecological conditions and surgery for benign gynecologic conditions, at the same practice.

Gynecologic cancers affect a woman’s reproductive organs – the cervix, fallopian tubes, uterus, ovaries, vagina, and vulva. The following cancers are treated by both doctors:
• Ovarian
• Cervical
• Uterine
• Vaginal
• Vulvar

Like other gynecologic oncologists, Drs. Welshinger and Worley first trained as obstetricians and gynecologists, and later trained several more years in the diagnosis and treatment of female reproductive cancers. In addition to performing surgery on the reproductive organs, they are trained to perform surgery on the other organs of the pelvis and abdominal area that can be affected by diseases such as ovarian cancer.

Drs. Welshinger and Worley perform many of their procedures using minimally invasive techniques, a more common surgical option today than traditional surgery, which calls for large incisions. Both use the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System, which is available at Saint Peter’s. The da Vinci technology makes it possible for surgeons to perform complex and delicate robotically assisted procedures through small incisions – 1 to 2 centimeters in size. Surgeons control the robot’s extensions, which function as surgical arms, from a control station.

For the patient, benefits of robotically assisted surgery may include significantly less pain; less blood loss; less scarring; shorter recovery time, and a faster return to normal daily activities.

Drs. Welshinger and Worley are seeing patients at 78 Easton Ave., New Brunswick. They can be reached at 732-828-3300. Visit SPPhysicianAssociates.com for a listing of other doctors who are part of Saint Peter’s Physician Associates. Call 732-339-7717 for more information.

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