Anteneh A Tesfaye, MD| Hematology Oncology | MedStar Health

Anteneh A Tesfaye, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: Hematology Oncology

Languages: English


About me

Anteneh Tesfaye, MD, is a board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Prior to joining MedStar Washington, Dr. Tesfaye served as an assistant professor at the NCI designated Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute/Wayne State University in Detroit, MI for five years, where he treated patients with gastrointestinal and neuroendocrine cancers.

Dr. Tesfaye specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with cancers of the digestive tract, including the esophagus, stomach, liver, biliary tract, pancreas, colon, rectum, and anus. He also specializes in treating neuroendocrine cancers. He is part of the multidisciplinary team that makes up the Center for Gastrointestinal Malignancies at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He treats his patients utilizing the latest tools in the field of oncologic medicine, including tumor molecular profiling, cancer genomics, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and various chemotherapy regimens.

In his prior appointment at Wayne State University, Dr. Tesfaye was Principal Investigator for various research studies and hopes to continue his research endeavors at MedStar Washington. He is passionate about improving access to clinical trials to patients from various sociodemographic backgrounds. During his tenure at the Karmanos Cancer Institute, he served on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T), the Peer Review, and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committees.

With a strong belief in a team approach to care, Dr. Tesfaye works closely with members of the multidisciplinary gastrointestinal oncology team to streamline the care of his patients, while ensuring their access to the latest treatments in the fields of surgical and radiation oncology.

His research interests include developing new treatment options for neuroendocrine tumors and upper digestive tract cancers. He also has a great interest in improving disparities in access to clinical trials, where patients gain early access to the potential drugs of tomorrow.

Dr. Tesfaye received his medical degree from Gondar University College of Medical Sciences in Ethiopia. He then completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at Michigan State University, prior to completing a three-year specialty fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Philosophy of care
“Cancer is no longer a disease that is treated by only one doctor. A multidisciplinary approach, where patients receive the latest treatments in various specialties, is of paramount importance for the best treatment outcomes. I play a key role in coordinating my patients’ care across multiple disciplines. When patients come to see me for cancer treatment, they benefit from the collective expertise of specialists at MedStar Health. We make sure that they have access to all the cutting-edge technologies and treatments available in order to achieve the best outcome of their treatment.

“My philosophy of care is to provide a whole-person approach to each patient. In addition to providing cancer-specific treatment, I spend time with my patients to understand how various facets of their life, including emotional, nutritional, social, and financial well-being, are affected by cancer and its treatment. We make sure the patients’ cancer-related symptoms are adequately controlled so that they are able to function to the best of their abilities.

“I enjoy getting to know my patients and their personal stories. I strive to listen to their concerns and address them to their satisfaction. Keeping my patients’ best interests at the center of each interaction, I make myself available to referring physicians for efficient care coordination.”

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Suite C2155
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-8909

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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2016)

Residency Program: McLaren Flint (2013)

Medical School: University of Gondar (2005)

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