Scott, Walter J.

Walter J Scott

Walter J. Scott is a board-certified general and thoracic surgeon employing state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to treat malignant pleural mesothelioma.

  • Serves as chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery; holds the institution’s Gloria and Edmund M. Dunn chair in Thoracic Surgical Oncology.
  • Specializes in early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer, use of PET scanning to accurately stage lung cancer, and performing imaging-guided lung lobectomies.
  • Proponent of robotic and minimally invasive surgeries.
  • Passionate about research involving how to postsurgically improve patients’ quality of life, discovering avenues for endobronchial ultrasound biopsy to replace open surgical biopsy, gaining greater understanding of genetic polymorphisms and lung cancer susceptibility, and finding ways to make PET an even better detector of small lung cancers.
  • Author of the lay reader-friendly book “Lung Cancer: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd edition” (Addicus Books, 2012) which presents in simple terms information about almost every aspect of lung cancer, including the disease’s progression, available treatments, advantages and disadvantages of each, and prognoses. Although not specific to mesothelioma, this information is useful to mesothelioma patients.
  • Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, and American Society of Clinical Oncology.
  • Certifications from American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
  • Named a 2014 “Top Doc” by Philadelphia magazine.


  • M.D. degree from University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.