Dr. Worrell completed her fellowship in cardio thoracic surgery at the University of Michigan and residency in general surgery at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She received her Medical Degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Worrell is active nationally in many 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.
Describe your cancer-related research interest(s)I have a broad background in Thoracic surgery with specific training and expertise in clinical research. My main clinical and research interest are in the field of lung and esophageal cancer. Through research and innovation I hope to make a large impact on the survival of lung and esophageal cancer, two of the most deadly cancers. Clinical research in lung and esophageal cancer can lead to changing in clinical practice and to eventual improvement in cancer outcomes. Specifically, much of my clinical research has focused on improving clinical outcomes through different surgical techniques and multi-modality approaches. I also plan to work on translational projects to address the interaction of viruses, the environment and esophageal cancer. I am working to obtain pilot data with esophageal cancer specimens and the identification of various viruses.