Stephanie G Worrell, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery
Section Chief, Thoracic Surgery
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Stephanie G. Worrell, MD, is clinical associate professor and thoracic section chief in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Dr. Worrell held the titles of assistant professor of surgery, associate program director of the Thoracic Surgery Fellowship and chair of the Robotic Steering Committee at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, where she received the Mary Hellerstein Junior Faculty Development Award and was selected for FLEX IX Leadership Program.

Dr. Worrell completed her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Michigan and her residency in general surgery at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. While at USC, Dr. Worrell worked as an esophageal research fellow and was awarded administrative chief resident of the year. She also received the Best Teacher-Chief Resident Award and the most Outstanding Scholar Award from USC's Department of Surgery. She received her Medical Degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine.

In addition to her leadership in growing thoracic surgery in the department, Dr. Worrell will also be the new associate program director of the General Surgery Residency Program.

"Education is the cornerstone of surgery. I am thrilled to teach, mentor and foster the next generation of surgeons," she said.

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, and she is currently an associate editor of the Foregut Journal and section editor for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons learn curriculum. Dr. Worrell is board certified in both thoracic and general surgery.


MD: Creighton University


  • University of Southern California - Los Angeles, General Surgery


  • University of Michigan, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgeons
  • American Board of Surgery
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