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Surgeon has been practicing in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1999

SCRANTON, Pa. – Joseph Stella, D.O., of Pittston has been appointed Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC), where he performed his first cardiac operation in 1999. 

Dr. Stella is a graduate of Temple University School of Pharmacy and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency in Norristown at Suburban General Hospital and his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Dr. Stella earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Massachusetts. 

A Certified Physician Executive, Dr. Stella is a past program director for the General Surgery residency at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) in Wilkes-Barre. A member of Geisinger’s Heart Institute, Dr. Stella performs all aspects of adult cardiac surgery including off-pump coronary artery bypasses, aortic valve and mitral valve surgery, aneurysm surgery and TAVI. 

He is married to Lisa Begliomini Stella, a northeastern Pennsylvania native, and they have three children: Alyssa, Amanda and Joseph.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-275-6401.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the nonprofit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 126 care sites — including 10 hospital campuses — and Geisinger Health Plan, with more than half a million members in commercial and government plans. Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $15 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country. Learn more at or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Dr. Joseph Stella
Dr. Joseph Stella
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