Bariatrics Classes

Online Weight Loss Seminar

Now you can learn all about Bariatric Surgery at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center online. The online seminar covers the follow topics: criteria to qualify for weight loss surgery, efficacy of weight loss surgery, strategies for lifestyle changes, types of weight loss surgery, some of the Pros and Cons of each procedure, insurance company requirements, recovery from surgery, and next steps after seminar. Click below to complete the seminar.



Free Weight Loss Seminar

Our goal is to provide you the opportunity to learn about all of the tools, resources and support options available to those battling obesity. You’ll hear from expert bariatric surgeons who will discuss the criteria needed to qualify for surgery, effectiveness of having surgery and strategies for lifestyle changes. You’ll also meet a nonsurgical weight loss physician, who will provide information on nonsurgical options, such as nutrition, exercise and weight loss medicine.

Cost: FREE


Free Weight Loss Support Group

This is a solid support system for long-term weight loss success. Meetings include open discussions about weight loss information and activities to promote a healthy lifestyle, discussions with health and weight loss professionals, and surgery-related issues for those who have had or are considering weight loss surgery.

Cost: FREE


  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center • Every Third Wednesday of the Month • 4-5:30 p.m. Register Now

Location Information

To register for a free education seminar, please call 443-777-7900.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
White Square Building
9105 Franklin Square Drive
Suites 305 and 307
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Blvd.
Suite 170
Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: 410-877-8088

Pediatric Sports Medicine


Frank Dawson, MD, director of sports medicine, treats an adolescent sports medicine patient. 

If your child or teen has an injury or illness that affects sports performance, exercise, or activity, our pediatric sports medicine specialist has the expertise, experience, and qualifications to treat his or her youth specific problems.

In growing children, injuries and medical problems in the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints often are quite different from conditions more commonly seen in older patients. Special training and experience in pediatric care allows pediatric sports medicine physicians to appropriately treat the unique sports-related medical needs of children and teens.

From concussion testing to rehabilitation, our pediatric sports medicine physician helps get children back to play. 

Dr. Dawson treats patients of all ages and offers adult sports medicine services.

In the News

Frank Dawson, MD, frequently shares his expertise with the media, including in the following news features:

Adult Exercise Trends Become Child's Play at Baltimore-Area Fitness Classes - The Baltimore Sun

Concussion Risks in Sports - Fox 45 News

Dr. Dawson shares his tips for preventing springtime injuries in children in the news report below: 

Location Information

To schedule an appointment, please call 443-725-2188

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
Medical Arts Building 
9101 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 200 
Baltimore, MD 21237

Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician

Hospice Care

Hospice Care at MedStar Franklin Square in Baltimore


Ideally, hospice care is provided in the comfort of a patient’s home. But when pain or symptoms of end-stage disease cannot be adequately managed in the home setting, a short-term stay at Seasons Hospice inpatient center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center may be necessary. The 15-bed inpatient center, located on the third floor of the south building, is a uniquely serene setting, designed with warm, neutral colors to provide a caring comfortable environment for patients and families. Surrounded by loved ones, patients can access the highest level of hospice care to manage their symptoms, and maintain dignity during what may be the most vulnerable time of their lives. Once the pain or symptoms are controlled, the patient can be transitioned to home or to another setting for extended care.

Read testimonials from loved ones of patients who have received hospice care at Seasons Hospice

Visitor Information

Recommended Parking

Driving directions

The closest entrance to Season’s Hospice is the Garden Entrance off of Franklin Square Drive, near the traffic light at the corner of Franklin Square Drive and Hospital Drive. The closest visitor parking to the Garden Entrance is South Lot A. From Franklin Square Drive, using the directions above, you will turn right into this lot before you reach the traffic light at Hospital Drive. The lot is located across the street from the hospital.

From this lot, cross the street using the pedestrian crosswalk that leads to the Garden Entrance. You will see a black speaker box to the right of the door.  Ring the buzzer to notify our staff that you have arrived and we will remotely open the door for you. Once inside, walk approximately 30 steps to the elevators on your left. Take the elevator to the third floor. Exit the elevator, turn right, and go approximately 15 steps. You will see the entrance to Season’s Hospice on your left.  

Please note, our parking lots are automated and require a credit card for payment. If you prefer to pay cash, please visit the hospital Cashier Office to pay to have your parking ticket validated before returning to your car. Learn more about our visitor parking and rates

Visiting Hours

The presence of loved ones can provide patients much warmth and comfort. Therefore, there are no set hours for visitation. Family and friends are welcome to spend as much time as they like visiting, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Bringing Gifts

You are welcome to bring items such as cards, flowers, and balloons when visiting. If you have any concerns about whether something is appropriate, please ask a staff member.

A Final Note

When visiting Seasons Hospice and MedStar Franklin Square, please respect our patients and other visitors and remember to:

  • Talk quietly in patient care areas.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Abide by the “No Smoking” policy.
  • Supervise young children.

Location Information

For more information, please call 866-693-4067. 

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237


Post Stroke Rehabilitation


Following a stroke, sometimes referred to as a “brain attack,” many stroke survivors are left with impaired physical, speech, swallowing and mental functions. They must relearn skills that were lost when part of the brain was damaged. These skills can include basic tasks like eating, dressing, walking, speaking, and understanding information. 

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center offers an outpatient rehabilitation program with highly skilled and licensed occupational, physical and speech therapists. They can assist patients recovering from a stroke or neurological condition in regaining life skills, learning how to compensate for any permanent disabilities and becoming as independent as possible.

Our practice includes a rehabilitation apartment complete with a kitchen and bath that offers the patients the opportunity to practice routine tasks they would do at home. We also have individual treatment rooms as needed for quiet and privacy in the rehabilitation process.

Therapists work one-on-one with the patients to help them achieve the best possible quality of life, using interventions such as:

  • Balance / Mobility Training
  • Falls Prevention
  • Self-care Training
  • Communication/Cognitive Training
  • Expressive language Training
  • Swallowing Training
  • Custom splinting
  • Community Reintegration


Location Information

To find an inpatient rehabilitation specialist, call 443-777-7383.

To find an outpatient rehabilitation specialist, call 443-777-7750.


Pediatric Orthopaedics

Pediatric orthopaedics is a subspecialty of orthopaedics that focuses on the musculoskeletal problems common to children and adolescents. Children are not merely, as the saying goes, small adults—many basic differences exist between the orthopaedic problems frequently seen in adults and those prevalent in children and adolescents.

AbramowitzSMThe most unique characteristic of this age group is that they are actively growing; when physicians deal with pediatric musculoskeletal problems, they must consider the effect further growth will have on any treatments and on the anticipated outcomes.

In recognizing and emphasizing such differences, this subspecialty has opened the door to more careful study of both common and rare afflictions of the musculoskeletal system, which has led upgraded treatment protocols and improved prognoses for many abnormalities.

The pediatric and orthopaedic surgeons at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center specialize in a wide range of diseases and abnormalities in children and adolescents, including:

  • Routine pediatric orthopaedic injuries and conditions
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Clubfoot
  • In-toeing and out-toeing
  • Flatfeet
  • Bowlegs
  • Knock-knees
  • Perthes disease
  • Slipped epiphysis
  • Fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Neuromuscular conditions with spasticity
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Limb lengthening
  • Deformity
  • Scoliosis

Listen to Andrew Abramowitz, MD, discuss his specialty, pediatric orthopaedics, in the video below: 


A clubfoot is a foot that is deformed at birth, pointing downward and inward as well as rotated. There are four different types of clubfeet: positional, teratologic, syndromic, and congenital. A positional clubfoot is a normal foot that was held in an abnormal position in the uterus. The bony alignment is normal and the foot is usually corrected by stretching or a short course of casting. A teratologic clubfoot is associated with neurologic disorders such as spina bifida. A syndromic clubfoot is associated with an overall genetic syndrome such as arthrogryposis. Both teratologic and sydromic clubfeet almost always require surgery as definitive treatment, although casting does help stretch the soft tissues in preparation for surgery. A congenital clubfoot is a foot with abnormal bony deformity present at birth but not associated with any neuromuscular cause or syndrome. The remainder of this discussion will focus on congenital clubfeet.

In an infant, clubfoot itself is not painful. The bones are abnormally shaped and the tendons, muscles, and ligaments are tight. The foot and calf are usually smaller than normal, and the muscles may be weaker and the nerves may be abnormal. Often the blood supply is abnormal as well. Due to differences in clubfoot, treatments and outcomes may vary. If untreated, the deformity does not improve on its own. Rather, the deformity worsens, and if left uncorrected, will become unsightly and crippling, leading to children walking on the top rather than the bottom of their foot. This eventually creates skin breakdown, ulceration, and infection, and can ultimately lead to an amputation in the most severe untreated cases.

Treatment begins as soon as possible after birth. This usually involves manipulation of the foot into the best possible position and holding it with a long leg casting. However, different physicians may use other treatments such as physical therapy, splints, taping, and short leg casts.

No matter what the treatment, the goal is to create a foot with the sole on the ground, which is flexible and pain free. Most children with corrected clubfeet will be able to participate in most aspects of childhood with little or no difficulty and do well into their adult years. Even after growth is complete, the patient with a clubfoot will need to be followed into their adult years to ensure a well functioning foot.


Fractures in children differ significantly from fractures in adults.

For instance, covering the surface of all bones is a membrane called the periosteum; a child's periosteum is thicker than an adult periosteum and contains active, bone-making cells with a very rich blood supply. Therefore, children's fractures heal much more rapidly than adult fractures.

Children rarely need physical therapy after their fractures heal—once a child's fracture heals and any cast is removed, normal use of the extremity is all that is required to restore function. Additionally, joint stiffness in children is quite uncommon, whereas in adults it is of much greater concern.

However, pitfalls also exist in children's fractures. At the end of each long bone (for example, the bones in arms or legs), children have a soft cartilage growth plate. This growth plate is sensitive to trauma or injury. On occasion, it can close or partially close, which means it can stop growing, leaving a child with a shortened bone or, more commonly, an angular deformity of the arm or leg.

With very severe or unusual injures—such as fractures around the elbow, adjacent to joints, or in or near growth plates—surgery may be necessary to realign the fractured pieces of bone.

Leg Length Discrepancy

Leg length discrepancy, a difference between the lengths of the lower limbs, can occur in children for a number of reasons. A small leg length discrepancy (a quarter of an inch or less) is quite common in the general population and of no clinical significance. Larger leg length discrepancies, though, become more significant.

Frequently, the condition follows a fracture—broken bones in children sometimes grow faster for several years after healing (resulting in a longer leg). If the break occurs in the growth center near the end of the bone, however, it can cause slower growth (resulting in a shorter leg).

A congenital abnormality associated with a condition called hemihypertrophy (asymmetrical body growth) can also lead to leg length discrepancy. Or, it may result from neuromuscular diseases such as polio and cerebral palsy. Still, many times, no cause can be identified.

The long-term consequences of a leg length discrepancy may include knee pain, back pain, and abnormal gait or limp.

To evaluate the condition, Medstar Health specialists will take sequential x-rays to measure the exact discrepancy, while following its progression, and can establish a treatment plan once all the facts are known: the bone age (skeletal age and chronological age are not necessarily equal—frequently, a child's bone age will be significantly different), the exact amount of discrepancy, and the cause, if it can be identified.



Location Information

To schedule an appointment, please call 301-829-2552.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9101 Franklin Square Dr.
Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21237

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MedStar Union Memorial Orthopedics
412 Malcolm Dr
Ste 200
Westminster, MD 21157

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Pediatric Surgeon


Sports Medicine

Dr Dawson feature

Frank Dawson, MD, medical director of MedStar Franklin Square Sports Medicine.

MedStar Franklin Square Sports Medicine is an innovative physician group that includes sports medicine physicians from multiple backgrounds including, pediatrics, orthopedic surgery, and family medicine.

The goal of MedStar Franklin Square Sports Medicine is to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of medical and surgical conditions related to exercise and sports.

All of our physicians, including our orthopedic surgeons, provide excellent non-surgical care for all sports medicine conditions. If surgery is indicated, our surgeons provide superior surgical care through the most up-to-date techniques.

Our physicians are located at several community locations throughout eastern Baltimore County in order to provide our patients with the best and most convenient care.

Sports Medicine Specialists

Learn more about the sports medicine services offered at MedStar Franklin Square

Location Information

To schedule an appointment, please call 877-34-ORTHO

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center 
Medical Arts Building 
9101 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 200  Baltimore, MD 21237


Inpatient Rehabilitation


The Inpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department provides Physical, Occupational, and Speech & Swallowing Therapy services to hospitalized patients. The department is comprised of qualified and dedicated therapists who focus on maximizing patient's functional abilities and improving their quality of life.

The Inpatient PM&R Department works closely with the interdisciplinary team to ensure appropriate discharge plans for patients. In addition to providing services to hospitalized adults on the medical, Intensive Care, Joint Replacement and Stroke Units, the department provides therapy services in the NICU and the on the Pediatric unit of the hospital.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Conditions Treated

The Physical Therapy staff evaluates and treats patients to improve:

  • Ambulation
  • Balance
  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Transfers
  • Wound healing

The Occupational Therapy staff evaluates and treats patients to improve:

  • Ability to perform daily tasks of living (dressing, bathing, self feeding etc.)

The Speech Therapy staff evaluates and treats patients to improve:

  • Cognitive-communication
  • Language
  • Speech
  • Swallowing
  • Voice


Location Information

To find a rehabilitation specialist at MedStar Franklin Square, call 443-777-7383.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


At MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, we provide patient centered team approach to a comprehensive range of services. All services are customized to meet an individual’s specific needs and goals. Through our individualized rehabilitation programs, we aim to restore each patient to his or her highest possible level of functioning.

Some of the conditions we treat and services we offer include: 

  • Amputee- extremity limb loss or paralysis
  • Arthritic conditions, including all joints, hands, and wrists
  • Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Cancer Rehabilitation 
  • Custom splinting
  • Feeding/swallowing disorders- adult
  • Headaches
  • Licensed massage therapists, by appointment only
  • Lymphedema
  • Muscle sprain and strains
  • Neurological conditions
    • CVA
    • Post stroke
    • MS
    • Balance disorders
    • Cognitive disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pelvic program, including incontinence and pelvic pain
  • Post fractures, including all joints, hands, and wrists
  • Post total joints, including shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles
  • Speech/language disorders- adult
  • Spine problems, including scoliosis

Location Information

To find a rehabilitation specialist, please call 443-777-7750.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9105 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 106
Baltimore, MD 21237

Intensive Care


The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center consists of two units, the north ICU and the south ICU. Both units are committed to delivering highly specialized, personal care to patients who suffer from a serious illness or medical condition. The staff of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, residents, and physician assistants is specially trained in critical care.

Visiting Hours and Unit Guidelines

  • Preferred ICU Visiting Hours: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Visits are limited to immediate family and children 12 years and older.
  • Visitors are limited to two at a time. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the nursing staff.
  • The ICU is closed during shift change and during patient rounds to allow for patient confidentiality.

Selecting a Family Spokesperson

The cooperation of family and friends is essential to properly care for patients in the ICU. Families should select one member to communicate with the physician and nurses and keep other family members informed of the patient's condition. Having one spokesperson helps ensure clear and accurate communication between the nurse, physician and family, and allows our staff to spend more time caring for patients.

Advanced Directives for ICU Patients

Advanced directives are a set of instructions that state your wishes regarding healthcare. They should address all aspects of life support so medical staff members are aware of your wishes should you become unable to voice your desires. If an advanced directive is not made, Maryland law allows someone else to make medical decisions for you. If no one has been chosen to decide treatment issues, the closest relative may be asked to make these decisions. In instances where no one is available, the court may appoint a guardian.

Location Information

To contact MedStar Franklin Square, please call 443-777-7000.

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
9000 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program

bloodless surgery

Since 1997, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has offered bloodless medicine as an alternative to traditional blood transfusions. Our highly skilled medical staff is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of our patients by utilizing safe, state-of-the-art medical technologies designed to minimize blood loss and maximize the oxygen-carrying capabilities of blood during medical treatment.

Our Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program offers special services for patients who wish to avoid the use of blood transfusions during medical and surgical procedures. We have a deep respect and understanding for the needs of patients for whom blood transfusion is not an option.

Why Choose Bloodless Medicine?

You may prefer a bloodless treatment method for many reasons. Benefits include faster recovery time, no fear of contracting blood-borne infections, a lower mortality rate, and fewer complications. You may hold a religious conviction that prevents you from receiving blood transfusions. Or, you may feel more comfortable knowing that with bloodless techniques you don’t risk blood-borne illnesses such as hepatitis or HIV. Our goal is to ensure access to high quality medical care that respects your personal or religious convictions and medical preferences.

Learn More

Bloodless surgery techniques are used to avoid transfusions of donor blood entirely. Doctors can use bloodless surgery techniques at three points throughout the surgical process:

  • Pre-Surgery: utilizing a standardized approach for the detection, evaluation, and management of anemia.
  • During Bloodless Surgery: using techniques, specialized equipment, and other technologies to avoid blood loss
  • Post-Surgery: using techniques that eliminate the use for transfused blood or blood products

Learn more about the Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program at MedStar Franklin Square in the video below: 

Contact Information

To find a bloodless medicine specialist or to receive latest newsletters and notice of upcoming events, please either call 443-777-7793 or email     [email protected].

Doctors and medical staff, please page us on the Bloodless Medicine pager, 410-932-8241, or call 443-777-7793.

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