Meet your thoracic surgery staff at VA Boston Health Care | VA Boston Health Care

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Dr. Daniel S. Wiener [he / him / his / himself], is board certified in thoracic surgery and general surgery. He is Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is a member of the National Surgical Advisory Board on Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Wiener also serves as director of the associate residency program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Medical school: Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2001
Residence: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, General Surgery, 2009
Partnership: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, 2011
Board Certification: Thoracic Surgery (ABTS), General Surgery (ABS)

Dr. Wiener’s clinical interests include treating patients with mediastinal masses, pulmonary nodules, lung cancer, and esophageal cancer, as well as those suffering from GERD and/or hiatal hernia. In his free time, Dr. Wiener enjoys spending time with his family and playing lead guitar in “Boston’s favorite doc rock band,” Off Label!

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Fatima G. Wilder, Ph.D is a thoracic surgeon at VA Boston Health

Medical school: The Ohio State University
Residence University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 2011 – 2013
University of California – Fresno, 2015 – 2019
Scholarship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2013-2015
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2019 – 2022
Board Certification: surgery

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Dr. John C. Young [he / him / his / himself]is board certified in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, is the surgical director of the Boston VA Lung Transplant Program, and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School

Medical school: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, MD, 2010
Residence: Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, General Surgery, 2017
Partnership: Northwell Health, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 2019
Board Certification: General surgery, Thoracic surgery

Dr. John Young’s clinical interests include end-stage lung disease, lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, esophageal and pulmonary pathology, and the use of the robotic surgical platform. In his free time, Dr. Young enjoys spending time with his family and cooking at his fire pit.

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Suzanne Armstrong [she / her / hers / herself]is a certified thoracic surgery nurse

Undergraduate school: Bowdoin College, BA in Sociology and Education 1999.
Nursing or PA School: MGH Institute of Health Professions 2006
Board Certification: FNP-BC Family Nurse Practitioner

Suzanne’s clinical interests include access to health care for vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly individuals with co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness. Susanita enjoys skiing, running and almost any water sport.

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Sharon I. LaRose is a certified nurse practitioner in adult primary care and geriatric care

Undergraduate school: Boston University, Sargent College, BA in Clinical Exercise Physiology, 1998.
Nursing or PA School: MGH Institute of Health Professions, 2012
Board Certification: AGPCNP-BC Adult and Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Ms. LaRose’s clinical interests include preoperative evaluation, cardiac and pulmonary management, with a special interest in exercise and lifestyle modification approaches to disease management.

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