SANFORD, N.C. — FirstHealth of the Carolinas is expanding services offered in Lee County with the addition of FirstHealth Gynecologic Oncology located at FirstHealth’s Lee Campus.
Gynecologic Oncologists Michael Sundborg, M.D., and Brian Burgess, D.O., Ph.D., and Certified Physician Assistants Adara Maness, PA-C and Kristen Burton, PA-C, began seeing patients in Lee County on Feb. 17, 2022.
FirstHealth Gynecologic Oncology offers the full scope of gynecologic cancer care — diagnosis, surgery, medical oncology, surveillance and support care. This scope of care is typically only available at an academic medical center.
“Many of the patients we care for at our Pinehurst office location are from Lee County and nearby communities, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them the ability to receive local care for their cancer,” said Laura Kuzma, MSW, administrative director, FirstHealth oncology services and clinical trials.
“The addition of FirstHealth Gynecologic Oncology on the Lee Campus will have a positive impact on women’s cancer care in the region.”
Dr. Sundborg joined FirstHealth of the Carolinas in 2013 and was the area’s first gynecologic oncologist. He spent 33 years in the U.S. Army, completing his service as a colonel in the Army Medical Corps. Prior to joining FirstHealth, he served as chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and director of medical education at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg.
Dr. Sundborg earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Fayetteville’s Methodist College and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He interned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology with the National Capital Area Consortium in Obstetrics and Gynecology comprised by Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center.
He was fellowship trained in gynecologic oncology at the National Capital Area Consortium in Obstetrics and Gynecology program that includes the National Cancer Institute as well as Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center.
Dr. Burgess joined FirstHealth Gynecologic Oncology in July 2020. Prior to medical school, he worked for nine years as an engineer with Merck and Company, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Florida. He also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.
While he enjoyed his time at Merck, Dr. Burgess said he felt a deep sense of being called to do something else. “I truly felt led to pursue medicine, and God opened the doors for me to train to become a doctor.”
Dr. Burgess attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., and completed a gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of Kentucky.
Maness, a native of Moore County, joined the practice in May 2017. Prior to joining the practice, she worked as a physician assistant in gastroenterology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from High Point University and went on to earn her Master of Medical Science degree from Wingate University.
Burton joined FirstHealth Gynecologic Oncology in September 2021. Prior to joining FirstHealth, she served as a physician assistant at Fort Bragg’s Womack Army Medical Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Olivet Nazarene University in Ill. and went on to earn her master’s in medical science and physician assistant studies from Midwestern University.
To learn more about the services offered at FirstHealth Gynecologic Oncology, visit www.firsthealth.org/cancer or call (910) 715-8684.