Anteneh A Tesfaye, MD| Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, Hematology Oncology | MedStar Health

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

4.7 out of 5 (134 reviews)

Specialties: Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, Hematology Oncology

Languages: Amharic, 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

  • Anal Cancer
  • Appendiceal Cancer
  • Appendiceal Carcinoid
  • Carcinoid Of Stomach
  • Carcinoid Tumor
  • Carcinoid Tumor Of Pancreas
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Colorectal Malignancy
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Metastases
  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Malignant Ascites
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of Colon
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of Rectum
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of The Esophagus
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of The Stomach
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
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Procedures I perform

  • Biologic Therapy For Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Chemoradiation
  • Colon Cancer Chemotherapy
  • Lutathera Treatment
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Personalized Cancer Therapy
  • Targeted Molecular Therapy
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
Suite C2149
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-8910

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

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • First Health PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Open EPO Plus
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna HMO
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • United Student Resources
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Tricare Prime
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Network OA
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO


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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  • Nov 29, 2023

    Care provider very efficient

  • Nov 20, 2023

    Dr. Tesfaye is the best oncologist I ever had. His compassion, knowledge, and concern for my well-being is amazing. I can't think of any other doctor I want to share my health journey.

  • Oct 9, 2023

    My care provider doctor tesfaye was very professional and courteous he listened to my Concerns and address them