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UPMC Susquehanna Welcomes New Gynecological Oncology Specialists

by UPMC Susquehanna

Dr. Comerci (left) and Dr. Orr (right)

UPMC Susquehanna welcomes gynecologic oncologists John T. Comerci, MD, and Brian C. Orr, MD, to the OB/GYN team. Fully trained as OB/GYNs, gynecologic oncologists receive an additional three to four years of highly specialized surgical training as well as training in radiation and medical oncology to provide comprehensive treatment of female reproductive cancers. Using resources already in place, Drs. Comerci and Orr are creating a formal women’s cancer program for UPMC Susquehanna through which they are providing surgical treatment, sometimes in conjunction with other specialists, as well as coordinating care when appropriate with radiation and medical oncology.

“UPMC Susquehanna has excellent resources. We have experts in radiation and chemotherapy using state of the art equipment,” says Comerci. “What we’re adding, with our expertise in women’s cancer, is the ability to diagnose, propose an appropriate treatment plan, perform surgeries as needed and coordinate care for women with gynecological cancers.”

UPMC has a long history of community outreach programs, which are effective at providing the appropriate level of care to populations in more rural communities. During the first several months, as the program is being refined, some cases may need to be referred outside of the region, but Dr. Comerci says the goal is to treat the majority of cases in Williamsport.

“I think it’s always better to receive care where you live when it’s possible because that’s where your support system is,” says Dr. Comerci. “For women who often, if not always, put other family members needs before their own, it’s not realistic to assume that they would want to spend hours on the road to get the subspecialty care they need, nor do we want them to. This program meets them where they live with the best care available.”

Drs. Comerci and Orr will see patients at UPMC Susquehanna OB/GYN, Health Innovation Center, 740 High Street, Suite 1004, Williamsport.

For more information, call 570-321-3300.