The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 20, 2013

FIRST HEALTH: Region’s First Gynecologic Oncologist Joins FirstHealth

Saturday, July 20, 2013 —

PINEHURST – With every one of his patients, Michael J. Sundborg, M.D., wants the patient to be in control of her disease. Each has been diagnosed with a form of gynecological cancer.

“The patient is the captain of her team,” Dr. Sundborg says.

“I tend to listen to my patients.”

The latest addition to the FirstHealth of the Carolinas cancer care team, Dr. Sundborg is the area’s first gynecologic oncologist. To get the scope of the care he provides, patients previously had to travel to Chapel Hill, Durham, Wilmington or Charlotte. They can now get university-quality care in a private practice setting.

“The ability to offer the full spectrum of women’s cancer care in the region, that’s a big plus for women who have cancer,” Dr. Sundborg says.

With his FirstHealth affiliation, Dr. Sundborg has an office at the Southern Pines Women’s Health Center, a FirstHealth clinic, in Pinehurst’s Turnberry Woods. He also provides chemotherapy infusion therapy at the FirstHealth Outpatient Cancer Center on the campus of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital and will eventually offer follow-up care at a FirstHealth location in Fayetteville.

Except for radiation oncology, his services cover the full scope of gynecological cancer care – diagnosis, surgery, medical oncology, surveillance and supportive care. He has also performed some of the area’s first-ever robotics procedures for gynecologic cancer.

His ability to offer patients the same state-of-the-art therapy they would receive at the country’s leading cancer centers is also complemented by FirstHealth’s Clinical Trials program.

Daniel Barnes, D.O., president of the FirstHealth Physician Group, expects Dr. Sundborg to have an important impact on women’s cancer care in the Sandhills region.

“We are very excited for Dr. Sundborg to join our health care community,” he says.

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