MedStar Health to Stream Interactive Cancer Webcast on Facebook and YouTube

BALTIMORE—Cancer experts from the MedStar Health Cancer Network will discuss cancer prevention, detection and treatment options during a free interactive forum that will stream live from the MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus to Facebook and YouTube, Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Understanding Cancer: The Facts You Need to Know, features WMAR ABC News anchor Jamie Costello as the event’s host and moderator.

The panelists are top cancer experts representing the fields of surgical oncology, medical oncology, immuno-oncology and thoracic surgery: Ziv Gamliel, MD; Pallavi P. Kumar, MD; Edward McCarron, MD; Shweta Kurian, MD; and Atsuko Okabe, MD, FACS. Other oncology experts will be in the audience to comment and take questions. Visit here to see the entire panel.

“Cancer touches the lives of almost everyone, and navigating a cancer journey can be complex sometimes,” said Albert Aboulafia, MD, director of the MedStar Health Cancer Network. “Cancer care is constantly evolving, and this event is just another way we can share critical updates and information with our communities. The webcast technology allows real time talk back, too, so those with questions or concerns about their health, or that of a loved one, can get critically important information.”

The discussion will focus on a variety of common cancer types including lung, breast, colorectal, skin, pancreatic and liver. Panelists will discuss advances in the prevention, screening and treatments of cancer. Advances in medical, surgical and radiation therapies that can improve patient outcome while minimizing risk and are better tolerated will be discussed. Improved medical treatments include improvement in chemotherapy options, targeted therapy and immunotherapy. Advances in radiation therapy include stereotactic radiosurgery and proton therapy. The panelists will also discuss clinical trials and molecular testing.

To submit a question to the panelists, click here. To access the Facebook Live event page, click here. Questions can also be asked via the Facebook Live event page during the event and answered by the experts.

The panelists for the event are:

Ziv Gamliel, MD

Ziv Gamliel, MD, is chief of Thoracic Surgery at The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital. Dr. Gamliel is fellowship trained in Lung Transplantation and in Thoracic Surgery through the University of Toronto. He also completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Harvard Medical School. Board certified in surgery, Dr. Gamliel specializes in non-cardiac surgery of the chest, treating conditions that include lung cancer, bullous lung disease, esophageal cancer, benign esophageal disorders, mediastinal tumors and tumors of the chest wall. He has extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures.

Pallavi P. Kumar, MD

Pallavi P. Kumar, MD, is a medical oncologist board certified in oncology and internal medicine and the director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network. Dr. Kumar leads the charge to optimize immune based therapies and clinical trials and advance the standard of care in the treatment of cancer. Fellowship-trained, Dr. Kumar specializes in general hematology and oncology with a focus on melanoma, gynecologic oncology and gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Kumar has clinical interests in cancer immunotherapy and runs a variety of clinical trials for several tumor types. Other clinical interests include neuro-oncology and HIV malignancies.

Shweta Kurian, MD

Shweta Kurian, MD, is part of the Medical Oncology/Hematology team at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute. Dr. Kurian is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. Colon and other gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer, and lung cancer are among her clinical interests. A member of professional organizations that include the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology, Dr. Kurian also serves as a reviewer for several prestigious medical journals. She is proficient in Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Gujarati.

Edward McCarron, MD

Edward McCarron, MD, is a board-certified surgeon fellowship trained in surgical oncology. An integral part of the oncology team at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Dr. McCarron treats a wide range of cancers using some of the most advanced surgical technologies available. He specializes in the treatment of melanoma, endocrine disorders, and gastrointestinal malignancies.

Atsuko Okabe, MD, FACS

Atsuko Okabe, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in the treatment of breast disease at The Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus. Dr. Okabe has been dedicated to the care of breast disease for over 20 years. She has extensive experience with state-of-the-art treatment options that include breast conserving surgery, nipple-sparing mastectomy, intraoperative radiation therapy and accelerated partial breast radiation. She is certified by the American Society of Breast Surgeons to perform breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies as well.

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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 Contacts

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]

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

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]

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 Breast Cancer Patients Receive Gifts from Ravens Player

Cornerback Brandon Carr Distributes HOPE Kits & Wigs

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr lifted the spirits of women receiving breast cancer treatment at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center today, with a special visit that included fellowship, the distribution of HOPE Kits, and the presentation of custom-designed, natural hair wigs for three women.

Carr’s mother, Kathy Carr, died of breast cancer at the age of 59 in 2014 following a long battle with the disease. Carr spent a lot of time with each patient after speaking about losing his mother, whom he said was everything to him.

“She was my rock, and it took me some time to get here to this point where I could stand here in front of you and talk about her without getting the floor all wet from crying,” Carr said at the event.

The kits come from the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s HOPE Kit program. The kits are filled with items to comfort and encourage patients undergoing breast cancer treatment, including fuzzy socks, tea, lotion and educational resources.

A hair restoration expert joined Carr for the special visit and brought along the custom wig and fitted one of the patients. She then styled her hair. Susan, the patient, was laughing as she brushed hair away from her forehead and exclaimed, “Oh I have hair in my eyes.”

Another breast cancer patient who was receiving her final radiation treatment that day said she knows Carr’s mother must be “shining down and so proud of her son.”

Two more patients received custom wigs at the Ravens’ Owings Mills complex later on Oct. 29. At the complex, Baltimore Ravens players and representatives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation assembled 150 additional kits for breast cancer patients 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.

MedStar Health Bel Air Cancer Services Aligns Expertise with New Name

Collaboration Provides Greater Access to World-Class Cancer Care

 

BALTIMORE—July 24, 2018 —Community leaders and local elected officials recently joined MedStar Health leadership to celebrate the naming of MedStar Health’s cancer center in the heart of Harford County: MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute (MGCI) at the MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

MGCI brings together clinical expertise and resources across MedStar Health in order to provide patients greater and more convenient access to comprehensive cancer care. MGCI, which also extends to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, allows patients to benefit from this collective network of cancer specialists. Other locations include MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network.

The institute also provides increased access to the most innovative clinical trials offered through Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the research engine of the institute. Clinical trials are an essential component to advancing the science of preventing, detecting, diagnosing, and treating cancers. Participation in clinical trials opens the door to the most progressive and customized treatment options, such as new medications and targeted immunotherapies. MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus

“MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute harnesses the incredible talent of our cancer specialties across the Baltimore/Washington region and provides powerful treatment options for the citizens of Harford and Baltimore counties,” said Dr. Albert J. Aboulafia, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

“All cancer patients deserve access to tomorrow’s treatments today, and to receive that kind of care closer to where they live and work,” adds Dr. Louis M. Weiner, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute and director of Georgetown Lombardi, designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center.

The 100,000-square foot MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus, located at 12 MedStar Boulevard in Bel Air, opened in 2016 offering services that include a full-service cancer center with screenings, smoking cessation classes, infusion services, radiation therapy, medical oncology, and breast center.

The event featured remarks from Samuel E. Moskowitz, president of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; Dr. Albert J. Aboulafia, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus; and Dr. Louis M. Weiner, director of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute and director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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About the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute
The MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute (MGCI) combines medical expertise, research, and resources across MedStar Health throughout the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area. The institute comprises MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; MedStar Washington Hospital Center; MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus; MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, and the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Washington, D.C. – serves as the institute’s research engine. MGCI provides access to advanced cancer care, clinical trials, and state-of-the-art technologies closer to where patients live and work. MedStar specialists, many of whom are nationally recognized for their expertise in numerous disease sites and disciplines, cover the full continuum of care – from screening, prevention, research, diagnosis, treatment and personalized cancer rehabilitation – ensuring patients throughout the region have access to the latest therapies available anywhere. For more information, visit www.MedStargeorgetowncancer.org.

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]

MedStar Health Baltimore Cancer Program Honored for Exceeding Standards

Earns Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer

 

BALTIMORE—(July 11, 2018)— MedStar Health’s four Baltimore area hospitals have been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation – indicating it exceeded the standard requirements – for their regional cancer program by The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

To earn the CoC accreditation, the MedStar Health Cancer Network must meet or exceed the organization’s quality care standards and maintain excellence in patient-centered care. The cancer program is reevaluated every three years.

The MedStar Health Cancer Network exceeded standard requirements in six areas: clinical research accrual, cancer registry education, public reporting of outcomes, oncology nursing care, accuracy of data, and Rapid Quality Reporting System. The Rapid Quality Reporting System is a reporting and quality improvement tool from CoC that helps hospitals track their quality of cancer care. The program is at four Baltimore-area hospitals: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Harbor Hospital.

The cancer program is part of The MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute, a network that brings together top doctors, hospitals, and research centers to provide the best possible cancer care for patients. Patients have access to clinical trials, which can allow for the most cutting-edge treatment options such as medications and immunotherapy.

“Every day, our clinicians work hard to help save lives and improve quality of life for patients with cancer,” said Albert J. Aboulafia, MD, FACS, MBA, the director of the MedStar Baltimore Region Cancer Network and director of Orthopaedic Oncology. “We are proud that the excellence of the MedStar Health Cancer Network has been recognized by The Commission on Cancer.”

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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.

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]

 

MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus to Open April 9

New, $1.75 Million Center Will Include New Infusion Center with 22 Chairs


BALTIMORE, Md.—(March 29, 2018)—Sixteen oncology experts from the MedStar Health Cancer Network will be under the same roof, expanding patient access to oncology care, with the opening of the MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus, April 9th.

MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus
Healing Garden at the MedStar Franklin Square Cancer Center at Loch Raven Campus

Located in the Russell Morgan building of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, the 7,800-square-foot, $1.75 million renovated space will include a state-of-the-art infusion center with 22 treatment chairs, providing IV therapy of all types including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and iron infusions.

The new location will include a pharmacy, a clinical trials program, screening programs including 3-D mammograms and lung CT scans, an on-site MRI machine, ultrasounds, mammography, and radiation therapy including a Linear Accelerator machine.

A multi-disciplinary team of cancer specialists will include breast surgeons, medical oncologists, a genetic counselor, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists, a surgical oncologist, and an oncology-trained team of nurses, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians.

“Having all of these services together will make for a much more robust patient experience,” said Linda Rogers, RN, CPA, MBA, vice president of oncology and related services for the MedStar Health Baltimore region. “Our clinicians will be able to better communicate patient cases with each other face to face, quickly order medications from the on-site pharmacy, and benefit from ongoing clinical research. Our patients will benefit from having their entire medical team, testing, medications and infusion therapies under one roof.”

Patients will also have access to support services including financial counseling, flexible scheduling, free community education including smoking cessation, free parking and a free shuttle service to and from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

To make an appointment, call 443-444-3991.

 

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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.

 

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]

 

MedStar Health Raises the Bar on Emerging Field of Immuno-oncology

Pallavi P. Kumar, MD Named Director of Immuno-oncology, MedStar Health Cancer Network

BALTIMORE, Md.—(January 29, 2018)—  Pallavi P. Kumar, MD, has been named director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network, leading a charge to optimize immune based therapies and clinical trials, and advance the standard of care in the treatment of cancer. medstar health bel air oncology center
 
Immunotherapy, actively used in the cancer research, is a treatment that boosts the body’s immune system and helps train it to attack cancer cells. It has changed the landscape of oncology, enabling patients to live longer lives.
 
Clinical trials in immuno-oncology first started at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in 2007. “We are an academic-hybrid community hospital with an enormous amount of experience in immunotherapy,” said Dr. Kumar. “We benefit from the collaborative work with the MedStar Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cancer Institute at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.”
 
In her new role, Dr. Kumar, who specializes in many solid tumors, including melanoma, head and neck, sarcoma, gastrointestinal, gynecologic and urologic malignancies at Medstar Franklin Square, will lead immuno-oncology clinical trial efforts for all cancers, collaborate with regional physicians to find new therapies for patients, and profile tumors to optimize treatments. She will continue to oversee research that test new combinations of immunotherapy with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. These strategies can offer hope to patients that their cancers might become chronic diseases, or even be cured.
 
“This new position bolsters the work Dr. Kumar has already been doing at MedStar for years,” said Albert Aboulafia, medical director of the Weinberg Cancer Institute at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and the Baltimore Region. “She has helped build our immuno-oncology program into what it is today and is dedicated to getting the best outcomes for our patients.” 
 
“We want the community to be aware that we have invested in clinical trials, molecular profiling and treatments that pioneer novel therapies for cancer patients,” Dr. Kumar said. “The comprehensive team approach throughout the Medstar Health network, provide meaningful outcomes in the lives of our patients.”
 
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