Breast Cancer Institute Welcomes New Physicians

The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute, a service of Tyrone Regional Health Network, is pleased to welcome surgeons Kennita Burns-Johnson, D.O. and Stephen Schmidt M.D., FACS, FRCS. Both will provide breast cancer surgery and general surgery services at Tyrone Regional Health Network and the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute (BCWHI). They will continue to provide the BCWHI’s high quality breast care services which have become an integral part of Tyrone and surrounding communities.

Kennita Burns – Johnson, D.O. will serve as Medical Director of the BCWHI.

Dr. Burns – Johnson said when presented with the opportunity to join the Breast Cancer Institute she knew it would be a good fit. “I feel a strong personal and professional obligation to providing breast cancer care in the community. I have been involved with breast cancer care professionally and it has also affected my own family. It is so important to have this type of specialized care accessible to community members.”

Dr. Burns- Johnson is a native of the Philadelphia, PA area. She comes to TRHN from Penn Highlands Healthcare Clearfield.

Dr. Burns – Johnson is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. Her residency training at the East End Health Alliance (Southampton Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital) on Long Island in New York, included general surgical care and breast surgery ranging from services provided in a community hospital setting to a level 1 trauma facility. She also has specialized training in laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Burns – Johnson has been involved in clinical research projects with surgeons at Peconic Bay Medical Center in New York related to hernia repair with mesh and surgical outcomes following cholecystectomy for biliary dyskinesia.

Dr. Burns Johnson’s professional memberships include the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Hernia Society and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Stephen Schmidt, who has been a member of the Tyrone Hospital medical staff for more than thirty years, also now provides breast cancer surgery services at the Breast Cancer Institute.

Dr. Schmidt has been involved in the care of breast cancer patients throughout Blair County and surrounding areas for the past 35 years and is proficient in current diagnostic methods and treatments. “I am pleased to continue providing these specialized services as a provider with the Breast Cancer Institute.  At the Breast Cancer Institute, we focus on women’s health needs and help coordinate their breast care from screening to diagnostics, to surgery and recovery.”

Dr. Schmidt is Board Certified and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada). He completed his surgical training at New York Medical College at Valhalla, New York and at McGill University, Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, QC Canada.

Services offered through the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute include screening & diagnostic mammograms, radiologist speaks personally with baseline and diagnostic mammogram patients, a breast imaging suite, breast ultrasound, cyst aspirations, breast needle localizations, stereotactic breast biopsy, minimally invasive breast biopsies, ultrasound assisted breast biopsy, sentinel lymph node biopsies, breast cancer surgery, lymphedema services provided by a certified lymphedema therapist, second opinions for breast surgery patients and general surgery.

The Breast Cancer Institute has relocated to the Tyrone Rural Health Center at 221 Hospital Drive, Suite 6 on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus in Tyrone, PA.  Appointments are now being scheduled at (814) 684-3101.  New patients are welcome.


Pictured from left to right is recently retired physician David Arbutina, M.D., FACS, founder and Medical Director of the Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Institute with the new BCWHI physicians, Kennita Burns-Johnson, D.O. and Stephen Schmidt, M.D., FACS, FRCS.