Health Care Hero Winner, William Mayfield, M.D.

Physician Patients Get Treatment STAT

One of the country’s preeminent thoracic surgeons and chief surgery officer for WellStar Health System, William “Bill” Mayfield, M.D., is known for his skill as a surgeon and developing innovative processes to fight cancer. Dr. Mayfield was named as the physician winner of the 2017 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Health Care Heroes competition.

Dr. Mayfield has innovated the way lung, chest and esophageal cancers are treated. Patients can now get treated faster, increasing their chances of beating the disease. After research and visits to state-of-the-art treatment facilities, Dr. Mayfield launched a plan to bring a true multidisciplinary clinic to WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in 2006. The model is known at WellStar as the STAT (Specialty Teams And Treatments) Clinic. It expanded to both WellStar Douglas and WellStar Cobb hospitals.

Patients newly diagnosed with certain types of cancers are able to see many specialists in one day. The specialists meet together to come up with a treatment consensus so patients can make decisions and start treatment faster than originally possible.
Additionally, Dr. Mayfield’s research and development efforts have focused on thoracoscopy instruments and innovative procedures, such as Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS). He is active in the development of novel instrumentation for surgery and teaches board-certified thoracic surgeons.

Dr. Mayfield’s innovative approach to medicine, skill as a surgeon and commitment to advocating for patients has given hope and life to many people with cancer diagnoses in this community, and continues to reach further and help more people as his ideas are spread to more locations and specialties.