Owensboro Health Welcomes Dr. Thomas Waring

Dr. Waring, a native of Long Island, New York, is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. He is also a diplomate of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

A graduate of Ross University School of Medicine, Dr. Waring completed his residency at Rochester General Hospital in New York, where he served as chief medical resident and attending physician. He completed his pulmonary-critical care fellowship at the University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine, where he served as chief fellow in the program. He was a board-certified attending physician in a busy teaching hospital in New Britain, Connecticut.

His pulmonary specific interests include minimally invasive lung cancer diagnosis with endobronchial ultrasound-guided fine needle biopsies. Using this technique, Dr. Waring can sample lymph nodes in a patient’s chest without surgery. He also utilizes super dimensional software to map the human lung to find lung cancer.

“It’s a GPS system that guides us to the lesion of interest,” Dr. Waring said of this approach. “Lung cancer is all about personalization. Here at Owensboro Health, we use a multidisciplinary team approach to give each patient the best lung cancer care in the region.”

His other specific interest is diffuse lung disease such as pulmonary fibrosis (lung scarring). Dr. Waring also uses a multidisciplinary team approach to care for pulmonary fibrosis patients, offering newer anti-fibrotic medications in conjunction with pulmonary rehab and advanced exercise training to improve lung function.

Dr. Waring said the team at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital is bringing a new approach to the intensive care setting.

“For patients with severe lung disease and who are critically ill, some patients will be candidates for a new technique called ‘prone positioning,’ or turning patients upside-down, to aid in lung healing,” Dr. Waring said. “Newer data reflects better outcomes with this technique.”

Dr. Waring said he also strives for quality with compassion in a safe environment.

“Involving patients in their care is the most important factor in shared decision making,” Dr. Waring said. “Patients should be empowered with the knowledge to manage their disease state. That’s how I strive to be their top choice for a pulmonary physician in the region.”

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit owensborohealth.org.