Heiwon Chung Whang, MD

Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology

LVPG Cliniciani

Accepting New Patients


Area of focus i

  • Breast cancer
  • Benign disorders of the breast
  • Thyroid cancer

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish


Philosophy of care

The healing process requires trust, knowledge and hope. I try to create a feeling of trust, give patients the knowledge they need to understand their own condition, and of course, develop a plan that gives them hope. I treat my patients as if they are a member of my family or a close friend. I committed myself to that when I first thought of becoming a doctor. I know what it means. My dear aunt and grandmother both had breast cancer. I know how it affected my own family. Treating a patient like a member of the family means empowering my patients with understandable information and formulating a treatment plan that makes sense to them. I share my perspective with my patients, try to eliminate the unknown and help them to see the light after passing through darkness. 

Also, I am a member of the breast cancer multidisciplinary consultation team. Together we review your diagnostic information and give you a written opinion reflecting the scope of your condition and recommendations for your best course of care. 

Why I entered medicine

I was conflicted between my passion for classical music as a concert pianist and for the art of medicine as an intellectual. I came to a conclusion that I could combine both arts and make a compassionate career with the product of my hands - the art of Surgery.

Community involvement

I am committed to church activities, medical missions and mentorship. I am actively engaged in women's programs such as 'Show your chapeau', a fundraiser musical event to benefit breast cancer patients.

Personal interests

My interests are classical piano, church organ and oil painting. I am also fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and Korean.


Medical Training
University of Sao Paulo, MD - Doctor of Medicine, 1989


Residency 1992
General Surgery, Nassau County Medical Center

Residency 1993
General Surgery, Nassau County Medical Center

Fellowship 1994
Burn, Nassau County Medical Center

Fellowship 1997
Burn, New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Residency 1998
General Surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA

Residency 1999
General Surgery, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA

Residency 2000
General Surgery, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA

Residency 2001
General Surgery, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA


American Board of Surgery - Surgery

Publications & Clinical Trials