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

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

4.8 out of 5 (170 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
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • United Choice
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • I-SNP
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Navigate
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Cigna EPO
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Aetna HMO
    • United Golden Rule
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Virginia Premier
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Kaiser Select
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • United Choice Plus
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Tricare East Select
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • D-SNP)
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • 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)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Apr 12, 2024


  • Apr 5, 2024

    Dr. Tesfaye is amazing. He listens and really cares about you and what you are going through. He is very knowledgeable. Going through what I am, having a doctor that is able to make you feel at ease and actually cared for is so beneficial.

  • Apr 3, 2024

    Outstanding doctor.