MedStar Franklin Square Pulmonologist Receives National Distinction

Saiyad Sarkar Recognition

BALTIMORE — MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center interventional pulmonologist Sy Sarkar, MD, FCCP, has received a national distinction of excellence that honors his contributions as an educator and places him among the top 4 percent of American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) faculty worldwide.

CHEST awarded Dr. Sarkar the Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) designation and plans to officially honor him during Monday’s Opening Session at CHEST Annual Meeting 2019 on October 21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Sarkar, who is board certified in interventional pulmonology and critical care medicine and practices at the Angelos Center for Lung Diseases, was awarded for his commitment, involvement, and leadership in CHEST education programs and activities. The annual award recognizes his work from 2016 to 2018.

“The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases has been on the forefront of technology, research and clinical excellence and this award is a reflection of that national stature,” said Dr. Sarkar. “I’m very honored to be recognized among the top CHEST faculty and intend to continue the momentum.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Sarkar became the first in Maryland to perform an endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), to ease breathing in a patient with severe emphysema. Known as the Zephyr valve, the breakthrough medical device was positioned into the lungs of a 69-year old Baltimore man using a bronchoscope, under anesthesia but without surgery. Watch the patient’s story in this video. 

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Paul Blitz
Chief of Staff
410-622-5323

Delegate Ric Metzgar and MedStar Health Join for Open Forum on Cancer Care

BALTIMORE—  With more than 33,000 Maryland residents projected to receive a new cancer diagnosis this year, Delegate Ric Metzgar (R-6) and experts from the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Weinberg Cancer Center are making sure the lines of communication regarding prevention, screenings and treatment -are wide open. Together, at a free community forum, they will host A Night of Hope and Inspiration, at Kenwood High School, Oct. 18th at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Delegate Metzgar, a recent member of the House Health and Government Operations Committee in the Maryland General Assembly, recognized the value of people, particularly those at a higher risk for cancer, having access to physicians in an informal setting. “Getting the experts in front of our community members is key,” he said. “This is personal. We want to open the conversation with experts in cancer who care for our community. Let people ask questions face to face; be proactive in their healthcare. It could come down to saving lives.”

“The changes in cancer treatment happen by the hour and it is almost impossible to know all the advancements and the new technology now available. Our Weinberg Cancer Center is part of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute which allows us to bring even more pioneering cancer care to the citizens of Eastern Baltimore County,” said Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE, president of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and a senior vice president for MedStar Health. “We look forward to working with Delegate Metzgar to help educate our community.”

Invited experts:

  • Albert Aboulafia, D, FACS, MBA: Medical Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Center at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • Pallavi Kumar, MD: Director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network
  • Suman Rao, MD: Director of Thoracic Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

According to data collected by the American Cancer Society, approximately 10,000 people will die from a form of cancer this year; almost 90 percent of those will be from lung or a bronchus related cancer. Colorectal, pancreatic, breast and then liver follow in incidence.

This educational and informative event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to attend. Call Delegate Metzgar’s Office at 410-622-5323, to reserve a seat.

Music, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be provided. 

Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE
President of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and Senior Vice President for MedStar Health

Albert Aboulafia, MD, FACS, MBA
Medical Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Pallavia Kumar, MD
Director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network

Suman Rao, MD
Director of Thoracic Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Paul Blitz
Chief of Staff
410-622-5323

Neonatal Babies- Once the Tiniest Patients- to Reunite with Caregivers

BALTIMORE— The journey of a thriving child could start as early as 23 weeks of life and weigh only one pound at birth.

More than 100 of these special graduates of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), once the hospital’s tiniest and most fragile patients, will reunite with their former caregivers Saturday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., for the hospital’s 31st NICU reunion.

The event will be held at Amped Up! (11600 Crossroads Circle, Middle River), with nearly 350 parents, guardians and siblings expected to attend. A special visit by the Baltimore Orioles mascot, Oriole Bird, will arrive at noon.

“We come back to the reunions because we love seeing my son's former medical staff, of course, but it's also a way for us to remember and honor the miraculous journey he had being born at 24 weeks and our gratefulness to the Franklin Square NICU staff for saving his life,” wrote Laura LaChapelle.

“This is a special event for families but also for us as clinicians,” said Fernando V. Mena, MD, FAAP, chief of Neonatology at MedStar Franklin Square. “The NICU reunion is what gives me the needed fuel to go on another year. We try our best every day in the NICU and despite trying, things don’t always go well and babies suffer and parents suffer. Having the privilege to see the parents again, now in a happy place, showing off the progress that their babies have made is beyond motivating. And although much of this progress comes from the constant loving care that they give their children, they are deeply thankful for what we were able to do in the NICU. It makes my year and gives purpose to what I do.”

“We look forward to the reunion because we get to see how much our fellow graduates have grown.  We see the staff who had helped our son while he was in the NICU.  It is a good time to share our experiences and make memories,” added Mona Taylor.  

The NICU at MedStar Franklin Square is a Level III facility equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology and staffed by highly trained, compassionate caregivers. The staff care for infants who are born prematurely or who become ill after birth.

The unit sees around 300 admissions a year and has 19 private rooms. The staff treat the babies with a multidisciplinary team approach including board-certified neonatologists, specialized neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, social workers, nutritionists, audiologists, and occupational, physical, and speech therapists. The March of Dimes recognized this commitment to “family-centered” care by awarding MedStar Franklin Square the first March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program in the state of Maryland.

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

MedStar Health to Host 13th Annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event

BALTIMORE—Baltimore-area residents can once again get a free flu shot without leaving their cars at two MedStar Health hospitals this fall.

The 13th annual drive-thru and walk-up flu shot clinic will be held at MedStar Harbor Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 5; and at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (on the CCBC Essex Campus) on Sunday, Nov. 3.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Last year’s flu season was the longest in a decade, and the 2017-2018 flu season was particularly severe, with 80,000 deaths attributed to the illness. In total, the CDC estimates that up to 42.9 million people got sick during last year’s flu season, 647,000 people were hospitalized and 61,200 died.

Clinicians will be ready to administer the shots to those who don’t have a known allergy to the vaccine. At MedStar Franklin Square, anyone aged 6 months and up can receive the vaccine. At MedStar Harbor, adults aged 18 and older can receive the vaccine.

Those who are getting the vaccine should remember to wear short sleeves or clothing with easy access to the upper arm. More than 900 people received the flu vaccine at the MedStar Franklin Square and MedStar Harbor Hospital events last year.

MedStar Harbor Hospital Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

When: Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or when supplies run out
Where: In the Orthopaedic Center Parking Lot, 2900 South Hanover Street

MedStar Franklin Square Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

When: Sunday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon, or when supplies run out
Where: CCBC Essex Campus, Rossville Boulevard and College Drive

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About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety to Host 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture

Columbia, MD — MedStar Health Institute for Quality and Safety will host the 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture on Oct. 2 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking report, “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System” which was issued in November 1999 by the U.S. Institute of Medicine and resulted in increased awareness of U.S. medical errors and a need for improved patient safety.

Learn more about the 6th Annual Crouse Patient Safety Lecture. 

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Phone: 410-274-1260
Email: [email protected]

Katie Carlin
Sr. Director, Business Development and Planning, MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
Phone: 202-255-3767
Email: [email protected]

MedStar Franklin Square Is First in State to Treat Emphysema with FDA-Approved Valve

New Lung Valve Helps Qualified Patients Breathe Easier Without Surgery

BALTIMORE—(June 21, 2019)—The Angelos Center for Lung Disease at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center successfully implanted a new FDA-approved lung valve in a patient with severe emphysema Tuesday, becoming the first medical facility in Maryland to perform an endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), to ease breathing.

Known as the Zephyr valve, the breakthrough medical device was positioned into the lungs of a 69-year old Baltimore man using a bronchoscope, under anesthesia but without surgery. The patient recovered well and went home two days after.

“There is no cure for emphysema, but with an ELVR, patients can improve the quality of their lives, able to breathe easier and more comfortably,” said Sy A. Sarkar, MD, FCCP, board certified in interventional pulmonology. “We are excited to offer it to our patients, and hope that we can make a difference in the lives of many more with this condition.”

Dr. Sarkar is currently screening patients at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease on the hospital campus to determine if the medical device is right for them.

More than 3.5 million Americans suffer from emphysema, a severe, progressive form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD). In emphysema, a breakdown of small air sacs in the lungs, known as aveoli, cause air to become trapped in the diseased portions of the lungs each time the patient inhales. The lungs hyperinflate and healthier lung tissue is compressed, causing patients to feel as though they are suffocating. Normal activities like walking, eating or bathing are challenging.

Once in position, the implanted valves will occlude any further airflow into the diseased portion of the lung and allow air trapped to be exhaled out of the patient, thereby reducing the volume in the overinflated area. The remaining lobes are then able to fully expand and work more efficiently, improving overall lung function. Patients who received the treatment experienced an increased exercise capacity. They can walk further, experience less shortness of breath and enjoy a better quality of life.

“Before, our only option for treating patients with this type of advanced lung disease was medical management and invasive surgery,” Dr. Sarkar said. “This revolutionary minimally invasive alternative is a major advance and will make a difference in the lives of many people who have been suffering with emphysema.”

Those interested in the minimally invasive treatment option can schedule a screening at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease by calling: 443-777-2467.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

MedStar Health Cancer Network Hosts Cancer Survivors’ Luncheon

 Annual Event Honors Survivors, Loved Ones and Highlights Ongoing Challenges


BALTIMORE—
About 600 cancer survivors, their caregivers and their loved ones will gather June 2 for the 5th annual Cancer Survivors' Luncheon, an event hosted by the MedStar Health Cancer Network that highlights the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face and honors their journey in treatment.

The event will be held at Boumi Shriners in Baltimore. It includes a seated meal, music and door prizes.

“Looking into the future after a cancer diagnosis can seem scary and uncertain,” said Albert Aboulafia, MD, Director of the MedStar Health Cancer Network. “With the help of loved ones and skilled medical staff, cancer survivors can find hope, support and joy. We are proud to host this event for another year and honor the resilience of our cancer survivors.”

MedStar Health Cancer Network’s event is held in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day®, which celebrates those who have survived cancer, rallies support from families and friends, inspires those who were recently diagnosed and reaches out to the community.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a family member or friend to recognize those who have supported them along the way.

Transportation services to the luncheon is available from MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Harbor hospitals.

Click here to view a video from the Cancer Survivors' Luncheon in 2018.

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About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

The MedStar Health Cancer Network, comprised of the MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals, represents a true collaboration in oncology care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses, and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced-based, quality care with a focus on service and easy access.

The Cancer Network has recently been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center was designated a Featured Breast Center of Excellence by The Women’s Choice Award. The Cancer Network is committed to delivering the highest standards of care—these national endorsements further validate the quality of care its experts provide to cancer patients in the Baltimore community.

Our oncology experts provide all the cancer treatments you expect, plus some you might not. Treatments are always supported or driven by the latest research, including such sophisticated offerings as targeted infusion therapies including immunotherapy, CyberKnife radiation, leading clinical trials, and minimally invasive surgery—endoscopic, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted. Our physicians, including a dedicated orthopaedic oncology team, are specially trained to treat complex cancers. Our seamless oncology care is backed by electronic medical records and top support services like genetic counseling and cancer physical therapy.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
Office: 410-554-2496
Cell: 410-274-1260
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

MedStar Health Cancer Network to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screenings

Screenings and Education at Three Locations in Honor of Skin Cancer Prevention Month

BALTIMORE—In honor of Skin Cancer Prevention Month in May, MedStar Health Cancer Network is offering free adult skin cancer screenings and education at three locations in the Baltimore area.

The screenings and education will be offered on May 30 at MedStar Harbor Hospital in south Baltimore, on June 5 and June 12 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in eastern Baltimore County, and on June 26 in Harford County at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

A oncology-certified nurse or nurse practitioner will conduct an exam to look for any suspicious lesions and, if any are found, refer the person to a dermatologist for follow up and diagnosis. The nurses will also educate participants on sunscreen use and sun avoidance.

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. One in five Americans will develop the disease by age 70, and The American Cancer society estimates that the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed in 2019 will rise.

Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, is often caused by excessive sun exposure. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.

Skin screenings can help detect cancer in its earliest stages, when there is less chance that it has spread to other parts of the body, and there is a better chance of being cured.

Registration is required. Slots are limited. Call 443-777-7603 to register.

 

BALTIMORE CITY
MedStar Harbor Hospital
Harbor Primary Care Center
Thursday, May 30, 1 to 3 p.m.
3001 South Hanover St
Outpatient Center, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21225

 

BALTIMORE COUNTY
MedStar Franklin Square
Weinberg Cancer Institute
Wednesday, June 5, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12, 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.
9103 Franklin Square Dr., Suite 2200
Baltimore, MD 21237

HARFORD COUNTY
MedStar Health Bel Air
Medical Campus Cancer Center
Wednesday, June 26, 9 a.m. to noon
12 MedStar Blvd.
Bel Air, MD 21015

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About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

The MedStar Health Cancer Network, comprised of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals, represents a true collaboration in oncology care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses, and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced-based, quality care with a focus on service and easy access.

The Cancer Network has recently been granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The Cancer Network is committed to delivering the highest standards of care—this national endorsement further validates the quality of care its experts provide to cancer patients in the Baltimore community.

Our oncology experts provide all the cancer treatments you expect, plus some you might not. Treatments are always supported or driven by the latest research, including such sophisticated offerings as CyberKnife radiation, leading clinical trials, targeted therapies, and minimally invasive surgery—endoscopic, laparoscopic, or robotic-assisted. Our physicians, including a dedicated orthopaedic oncology team, are specially trained to treat complex cancers. Our seamless oncology care is backed by electronic medical records and top support services like genetic counseling and cancer rehab.

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

The Breast Center Honored by Women’s Choice Award

Center Only One in Maryland to Receive the Top Honor


BALTIMORE—
The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has received America's Best Breast Centers' Women's Choice Award, for a fourth consecutive year, and tops the list of breast centers in the state of Maryland. The recognition is the country's only award bestowed on breast centers based on robust criteria that considers patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Breast Center was one of less than two dozen centers in the country to be designated a Featured Breast Center of Excellence and was the only one selected in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Delaware and Virginia. Eleven others in Maryland were also honored for meeting high standards but were not designated Featured Breast Centers of Excellence.

“When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she is looking for compassionate care that considers her unique disease and tailors a treatment plan just for her,” said Dr. Kristen Fernandez, director of the center. “We are so thrilled that The Women’s Choice Award has yet again recognized our staff and their hard work to create the best outcomes for patients who are going through one of the biggest fights of their lives.”

The Women’s Choice Award sifts through accreditations and federal government patient recommendation rankings to determine which are the highest quality breast centers in the nation. America’s Best Breast Centers award winners must meet National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers standards from the American College of Surgeons or be designated as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence (Comprehensive) by the National Consortium of Breast Centers; they must carry the seal of the American College of Radiologists as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence; and they must receive a rating in the top 75% for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ patient recommendation measures, or their equivalent in the case of breast centers without hospital affiliation.

The surgeons at The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center treat the disease by drafting a personalized treatment plan for to the patient’s unique needs. It offers targeted therapies or biologics, advanced clinical trials, tumor molecular profiling, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), and accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). All the breast surgeons have been designated “Top Doctors” by Baltimore magazine.

Click here for more information about The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

Media Contact

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]

MedStar Franklin Square to Offer New Treatment Option for Qualified Emphysema Patients

Revolutionary Lung Valve is First FDA-Approved Breathing Aid Without Major Surgery

BALTIMORE— The Angelos Center for Lung Disease at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has become the first medical facility in the state to offer endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), using a new FDA-approved lung valve that is positioned in damaged lung airways without surgery, and allows patients with severe emphysema to breathe easier.

Sy A. Sarkar, MD, FCCP, FACP, DAABIP, board certified in interventional pulmonology, is currently screening patients at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease on the hospital campus, to see if  the breakthrough medical device is right for them. “There is no surgery involved,” he said. “Using a bronchoscope, we place valves, into a lobe of the lung under anesthesia.” 

More than 3.5 million Americans suffer from emphysema, a severe, progressive form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD). In emphysema, a breakdown of small air sacs in the lungs, known as aveoli, cause air to become trapped in the diseased portions of the lungs each time the patient inhales. The lungs hyperinflate and healthier lung tissue is compressed, causing patients to feel as though they are suffocating. Normal activities like walking, eating or bathing are challenging.

Once in position, the implanted valves will occlude any further airflow into the diseased portion of the lung and allow air trapped to be exhaled out of the patient, thereby reducing the volume in the overinflated area. The remaining lobes are then able to fully expand and work more efficiently, improving overall lung function. Patients who received the treatment experienced an increased exercise capacity. They can walk further, experience less shortness of breath and enjoy a better quality of life.

“This approach represents a major advancement in treating patients who have been living very compromised lives, most for a long time, and we’re doing it without surgery,” Dr. Sarkar said. “There’s no cure for emphysema and once medical therapy has achieved maximum medical benefit, the remaining current treatment options have been invasive lung surgery. This is revolutionary alternative to achieve lung volume reduction using a minimally invasive approach. It’s life changing, and I’m very excited that here at the Angelos Center, we can offer it to the patients who qualify.”

Those interested in the minimally invasive treatment option can schedule a screening at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease by calling:  443-777-2467.

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About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
[email protected]