About Us

The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central PA


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At the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania (BCWHI) we understand the sensitivity and anxiety that women experience when undergoing breast exams, surgery, or treatment for breast disease. We listen carefully to your concerns, keep your questions answered, and make sure you get all of the support and assistance you need.

Our patients receive compassionate care with personalized attention. We believe they are the center of our Health Care Team. The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central Pennsylvania has a very talented and dedicated staff led by Dr. David Arbutina. David Arbutina, M.D., FACS, serves as Medical Director of the BCWHI. Dr. Arbutina is a board certified general surgeon with focused expertise in breast cancer surgery. He is an expert, educator, and leader in surgery who since 1988 has dedicated his career to the treatment of breast cancer. During his career, Dr. Arbutina has personally treated and cared for well over 1,000 breast cancer patients. He has also treated thousands of women with benign breast conditions and is known for his expertise in distinguishing between benign and cancerous breast disease.

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Dr. Arbutina is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He has personally been the lead investigator in breast cancer research protocols. While a Colonel and Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Arbutina was the director of one of four general surgery residencies for more than a decade. He trained more than 50 Air Force surgeons who through his guidance now practice in many different surgical fields. Dr. Arbutina also served as chief consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General in general surgery and was responsible for surgical assignments around the world. He is past President of the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons and was also awarded that Society’s Excalibur Award.

Dr. Arbutina is currently President of the Keystone Chapter of the American College of Surgeons where over the past five years he has directed three educational programs for the region’s surgeons. He is also governor of the American College of Surgeons and as such, helps forge policies to promote safe and economical surgical care across the nation.

Our team knows that having current information arms you with valuable insights to support the healthcare decisions you make for you and your family. We provide community education programs to keep you updated on the latest research and health advancements. We also conduct special events focused around women’s needs and interests.

The BCWHI is located on the Tyrone Hospital Campus in the heart of Central Pennsylvania with beautiful picturesque views and peaceful surroundings. The Campus is conveniently located in Tyrone, Pennsylvania with easy access from I99, making it especially convenient to anyone traveling from Bellefonte, State College, Mount Union, and Huntingdon, in Centre County; the areas of Philipsburg and Curwensville in Clearfield County; Northern Cambria County, such as Ebensburg, Portage, and Gallitzin areas of Cambria County; the southern locations in local Blair County areas such as Altoona, Bellwood, Hollidaysburg, Duncansville, Newry, Martinsburg, Williamsburg, East Freedom, Roaring Spring, and Claysburg.

If you suspect you many have breast cancer, you now have a place to go where you will be seen immediately, receive rapid diagnose and begin treatment if needed. At the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute, we believe in empowering women with the knowledge they need to make the right decision regarding their care. That is our promise to every patient.