Leading M.D.’s address lung cancer & screening on ‘Top Docs’

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses lung cancer and why it’s crucial for applicable patients to get screened for lung cancer – and it features William “Bill” Mayfield, M.D., the chief surgical officer for the WellStar Health System and the chair of the Georgia Lung Cancer Roundtable (GLCRT), and Aaron Cann, M.D., Ph.D., the chief radiologist for lung cancer screening at Quantum Radiology and the chair of GLCRT’s Policy Committee.

Drs. Mayfield and Cann discuss… 

– How common lung cancer is
– What people can do to avoid getting lung cancer
– How lung cancer screening works, and how effective it is 
– How expensive lung cancer screening is, and whether it’s covered by insurance
– Whether lung cancer screening is dangerous or hurts
– Who should be screened for lung cancer
– Whether all lung cancer screening facilities are the same
– The prognosis for people who get lung cancer

In addition to the aforementioned roles, Dr. Mayfield serves as the chair of the Service Line Executive Committee at WellStar; he is a board-certified general thoracic surgeon with WellStar Thoracic Surgery Associates; he founded and directs WellStar’s Lung Cancer Screening Program; he co-founded and directs WellStar’s Multi-Disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinics (STAT Clinics); and he serves as a clinical professor of surgery at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). Dr. Mayfield has a medical degree from MCG, and he is a member of MAG and several medical specialty societies. It is also worth noting that Dr. Mayfield won the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Physician/Physician Practice Group/Health Care Hero Award in 2017. Contact Dr. Mayfield at Bill.Mayfield@wellstar.org.

Dr. Cann is the section chief for thoracic imaging at Quantum – where he is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist. Prior to joining Quantum, Dr. Cann was an assistant professor at Emory University. He has an M.D. and a Ph.D. from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and he did a fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian hospital, which are both in New York City. Dr. Cann is a member of MAG and several medical specialty societies, and he recently finished a term as a Georgia delegate for the American College of Radiology. Contact Dr. Cann at acann@quantumrad.com.

Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ – which won an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award  and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Awards award in 2019 – has now reached more than 750,000 listeners and viewers, which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO. 

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio

Resources

National Lung Cancer Roundtable website

American Cancer Society ‘Lung Cancer’ web page

American Lung Association ‘Saved by the Scan’ initiative web page

Lung Cancer Alliance website

WellStar ‘Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening’ web page

Dr. Mayfield web page

Dr. Cann web page

The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at tkornegay@mag.org with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.