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Surgical Oncology

The surgical oncology division at Greenville Health System (GHS) is committed to the care of patients with cancer and to providing the newest treatment available. This commitment is exemplified by the collaboration between physicians involved in the daily care of cancer patients. The surgical oncology division is also dedicated to research and education, which benefit both patients and families.


The division includes surgeons with fellowship training in several fields, including surgical oncology, thoracic surgery, breast surgery, and endocrine surgery. Our surgeons' emphasis on personalized and comprehensive cancer treatment has established the GHS surgical oncology department as the region's leading choice for cancer surgery and care, drawing patients from Greenville, Asheville, Columbia, and areas throughout the Southeast. 

Multidisciplinary Center (MDC)

The MDC is at the heart of GHS' cancer care strategy, offering patients a dedicated team of cancer specialists. This group includes medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, and nurse navigators. The team is able to evaluate each patient in a single office setting and speed the process of providing a treatment plan. MDC programs are available for Thoracic (lung and esophageal), breast, GI (liver, pancreas, colon), soft tissue (sarcoma and melanoma), Neurosurgery, and ENT. Please call (864) 455-4968 for appointments. The MDC is located at 890 West Faris Rd, Suite 320.

"GHS surgeons are committed to providing the highest quality and most current cancer care possible. The team concept of the Multidisciplinary Center makes these goals obtainable for every patient."
James E. Stephenson, M.D.

With programs like the MDC and ongoing participation in research, the surgical oncology department strives to bring the best practices in cancer care and cancer surgery to the region. This commitment draws patients from Greenville, Asheville, Columbia, and areas throughout the Southeast.

Multidisciplinary Breast Health Program

The Breast Imaging Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic services including digital mammography, breast MRI with biopsy capabilities, and other image-guided biopsy techniques.

The center is staffed by four radiologists that limit their clinical practice to breast imaging and biopsies. The Breast Health Center is adjacent to the imaging center and offers a full range of benign breast care by a team of surgeons dedicated to seeing only women with concerns about their breast health. The proximity of the radiologists and surgeons ensures close, team-oriented interactions and treatment recommendations.

The Breast MDC brings together physicians and services from many specialties including surgery, medical and radiation oncology, pathology, radiology, fertility specialists, and genetic counselors. The goal is to provide the most advanced breast cancer care while eliminating the delays that many  patients experience in the course of diagnosis to treatment. Please call 454-8282 for appointments. The Breast Health Center is located at 200 Patewood Dr., Suite 14-A

Breast Cancer Podcast

Dr. Steven Trocha presents on Cancer Myths. (MP3)

At GHS, patients benefit from comprehensive cancer care, from personalized treatment planning to advanced cancer surgery. The surgical oncology department serves Greenville, Asheville, Columbia, and areas throughout the Southeast. For more information or to refer a patient, call (864) 455-4YOU.

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Meet Our Physicians

The Surgical Oncology division has two fellowship-trained surgical oncologists and a dedicated Thoracic Surgery Service. As part of GHS’ Total Cancer Care program, these surgeons actively participate in the Multidisciplinary Center (MDC) where patients receive one-stop multispecialty evaluation and advanced care.

For more information or to refer a patient, call (864) 455-1200.

William D. Bolton, MD

Specialty:    Thoracic Surgery
Practice:    GHS Division of Thoracic Surgery
890 W. Faris Road
Suite 320
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone:    (864) 455-1200



Wendy R. Cornett, MD

Specialty:    Endocrine Surgery
Practice:    GHS Division of General Surgery
200 Patewood Drive Suite 260B
Greenville, SC 29615
Phone:    (864) 454-2100




Wes Jones, MD

Specialty: Surgical Oncology
Practice: GHS Division of Surgical Oncology
890 W. Faris Road
Greenville, SC 29615
Phone: (864) 454-1200




Brian P. McKinley, MD

Specialty:    Surgical Oncology
Practice:    GHS Division of Surgical Oncology
890 W. Faris Road
Suite 320
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone:    (864) 455-1200



Mary B. Rippon, MD

Specialty:    Surgical Oncology    
Practice:     GHS Division of Surgical Oncology
890 W. Faris Road
Suite 320
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone:    (864) 455-1200



James E. Stephenson, MD

Specialty:   Thoracic Surgery
Practice:    GHS Division of Thoracic Surgery
890 W. Faris Road
Suite 320
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone:    (864) 455-1200



Steven D. Trocha, MD

Specialty:   Surgical Oncology
Practice:    GHS Division of Surgical Oncology
890 W. Faris Road
Suite 320
Greenville, SC 29605
Phone:    (864) 455-1200