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Meet Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Richard Leone

Jan 23, 2020, 10:00 AM
Dr. Richard Leone brings expertise in minimally invasive lung surgery to Skagit Regional Health.

Dr. Leone joined Skagit Regional Health in 2019 after 14 years as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham.  

He brings expertise in minimally invasive lung surgery, including use of state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy, which is a “GPS for the lungs,” he said. Coupled with Endobronchial Ultrasound,  this new equipment at Skagit Valley Hospital is the latest in diagnosing and treating cancer in a less invasive way. Using these systems, Dr. Leone can steer through the airways with the bronchoscope to take samples  of lung tissue for biopsy or to mark tumors for surgery.

“We can do really exciting things with this new technology,” Dr. Leone said, noting that when surgery is required, the patient benefits from smaller incisions and less recovery time.

“I feel I have an obligation to provide truly exceptional and modern care to my patients,” Dr. Leone said. “I am grateful to have found an organization that shares my passion for exceptional care.”

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Meet Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Richard Leone

Jan 23, 2020, 10:00 AM
Dr. Richard Leone brings expertise in minimally invasive lung surgery to Skagit Regional Health.

Dr. Leone joined Skagit Regional Health in 2019 after 14 years as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham.  

He brings expertise in minimally invasive lung surgery, including use of state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy, which is a “GPS for the lungs,” he said. Coupled with Endobronchial Ultrasound,  this new equipment at Skagit Valley Hospital is the latest in diagnosing and treating cancer in a less invasive way. Using these systems, Dr. Leone can steer through the airways with the bronchoscope to take samples  of lung tissue for biopsy or to mark tumors for surgery.

“We can do really exciting things with this new technology,” Dr. Leone said, noting that when surgery is required, the patient benefits from smaller incisions and less recovery time.

“I feel I have an obligation to provide truly exceptional and modern care to my patients,” Dr. Leone said. “I am grateful to have found an organization that shares my passion for exceptional care.”