Vinay Kumar Gupta, MD| Surgical Oncology | MedStar Health

Vinay Kumar Gupta, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (719 reviews)

Specialties: Surgical Oncology

Languages: Hindi, English


About me

Vinay Gupta, MD, is a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist who practices at MedStar Health. He specializes in the treatment of pancreas, liver, stomach, colon and rectum, and breast cancers, as well as soft tissue sarcomas and melanoma. Recognized as one of the most experienced surgical oncologists in the region, he has been named a “Top Doctor” by Baltimore magazine six times.

Dr. Gupta sees patients at both MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. He is part of a multidisciplinary team of oncology experts who meet regularly to review patient cases, analyze imaging, and partner to develop plan of care recommendations that are believed to result in the best possible clinical outcomes. These collaborations are especially important to Dr. Gupta, whose patients often do not experience concerning symptoms at the onset of disease, and as a result, are sometimes not diagnosed until later stages.

Dr. Gupta earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland. He went on to complete his general surgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Today, he serves as cancer liaison physician for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Additionally, he teaches and mentors future surgeons as Associate Program Director of the general surgery residency program at MedStar Health Baltimore.

Dr. Gupta’s Philosophy of Care

“Cancer is a very personal disease. But it’s part of why I love being a surgical oncologist. Performing surgery is a big part of what I do, but equally important is that I give my patients hope. Our team helps each patient decide which way to go from a treatment standpoint, and then we navigate them through, applying holistic approaches to care and applying the latest science to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Liver Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acral Lentiginous Melanoma
  • Anal Cancer
  • Appendiceal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Mass
  • Biliary Colic
  • Cholecystitis
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colorectal Malignancy
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Stromal Tumors
  • Intra Abdominal Cancer
  • Lipomas
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of Colon
  • Mass On Trunk
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Mesenteric Mass
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreaticobiliary Disease
  • Parathyroid Disease
  • Parathyroid Mass
  • Perforation Of Bile Duct
  • Perforation Of Gallbladder
  • Peridiverticular Abscess
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma
  • Sarcoma Of The Abdomen
  • Sarcoma Of The Extremities
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Splenic Mass
  • Splenomegaly
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Axillary Lymphadenectomy
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Duodenal Ulcer Surgery
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Fine Needle Aspiration Of Thyroid
  • Hickman Catheter
  • Ileostomy
  • Infusaport Placement
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Islet Cell Tumor Resection
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Gastrostomy
  • Laparoscopic Liver Resection
  • Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Laparoscopic Pancreatectomy
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Lysis Of Adhesions
  • Mediports
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Musculoskeletal Biopsy
  • Open Biopsy Of Liver
  • Pancreatic Debridement
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Pancreaticojejunostomy
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Peptic Ulcer Surgery
  • Port
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Quadrantectomy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Repair Of Liver Laceration
  • Repair Of Pancreas
  • Repair Of Paracolostomy Hernia
  • Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Resection
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Small Bowel Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue Biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Surgical Management Of Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
  • Surgical Treatment Of Crohn's Disease
  • Thyroid Surgery
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Practice locations

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5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Smyth Bldg Ste G1
Baltimore, MD, 21239


Fax 443-777-6311

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9103 Franklin Square Drive
Suite 2300
Baltimore, MD, 21237


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



Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Fellowship Program: University of Chicago Medical Center (2002)

Residency Program: Medical College of Georgia Hospital (1999)

Internship Program: Medical College of Georgia Hospital (1994)

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine (1993)


  • Baltimore Magazine Top Doctor, 2015-2018, 2020
  • Maryland State Chair, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, 2012-2018
  • Vice Chair, Georgetown University Oncology Institutional Review Board  2009-2012
  • Georgetown University Oncology Institutional Review Board  2006-2009

News and publications

  1. AbdusSamad M, Gaur A, Zhou H, Zapas JL, Gupta VK, Simbulan-Rosenthal CM, McCarron EC, Rosenthal DS. Combination therapy with mebendazole, trametinib and metformin eliminates recalcitrant NRAS mutant, BRAF wild type melanoma cells. American Association of Cancer Research, Abstract, 2015.
  2. Heitmiller RF and Gupta VK. Apprenticeship: Preserving the Commitment to Surgical Education. Journal of Surgical Education 65(4):259-262, 2008.
  3. Gupta VK and Heitmiller RF. Union Memorial Hospital: An Insight to the Origin of Community based Surgical Training. Journal of Surgical Education 65(2):162-165, 2008.
  4. Gupta VK, Park JO, Kurihara T, Koons A, Jaskowiak NT, Kufe DW, Weichselbaum RR, Posner MC. Selective gene expression in a human esophageal adenocarcinoma model using a DF3/MUC1 promoter. Gene Therapy 10(3):206-212, 2003.
  5. Mauceri HJ, Seetharam S, Beckett MA, Schumm LP, Koons A, Gupta VK, Park JO, Manan A, Lee JY, Montag AG, Kufe DW, Weichselbaum RR. Angiotensin potentiates cyclophosphamide treatment of metastatic disease. Cancer Chemotherapy & Pharmacology 50(5):412-418, 2002.
  6. Park JO, Lopez CA, Gupta VK, Brown CK, Mauceri HJ, Dara TE, Manan A, Hellman S, Posner MC, Kufe DW, Weichselbaum RR. Transcriptional control of viral gene therapy by cisplatin. Journal of Clinical Investigation 110(3):403-410, 2002.
  7. Gupta VK, Park JO, Jaskowiak NT, Mauceri HJ, Seetharam S, Kufe DW, Weichselbaum RR, Posner MC. Combined gene therapy and ionizing radiation is a novel approach to treat human esophageal adenocarcinoma. Annals of Surgical Oncology 9(5):500-504, 2002.
  8. Gupta VK, Jaskowiak NT, Becket MA, Mauceri HJ, Grunstein J, Johnson RS, Calvin DA, Nodzenski E, Pejovic M, Kufe DW, Posner MC, Weichselbaum RR. Vascular endothelial growth factor enhances endothelial cell survival and tumor radioresistance. The Cancer Journal, Scientific American 8(1):47-54, 2002.
  9. Mauceri HJ, Seetharam S, Beckett MA, Lee JY, Gupta VK, Gately S, Stack MS, Brown CK, Swedberg K, Kufe DW, Weichselbaum RR. Tumor production of angiostatin is enhanced following exposure to TNF alpha. International Journal of Cancer 97(4):410-415, 2002.
  10. Salloum RM, Jaskowiak NT, Mauceri HJ, Seetharam S, Beckett MA, Koons AM, Hari DM, Gupta VK, Reimer C, Kalluri R, Posner MC, Hellman S, Kufe DW, Weichselbaum RR. NM-3, an isocoumarin, increases the antitumor effects of radiotherapy without toxicity. Cancer Research 60:6958-6963, 2000.
  11. Gupta VK, Yeh KA, Burke GJ, Wei JP. 99m-Tc sestamibi localized solitary parathyroid adenoma as an indication for limited unilateral surgical exploration. The American Journal of Surgery 176:409-412, 1998.
  12. Howdieshell TR, Riegner C, Gupta VK, McNeil PL. Normoxic wound fluid contains high levels of vascular endothelial growth factor. Annals of Surgery 228(5):707-715, 1998.
  13. Gupta VK, McNeil PL, Reigner C, Howdieshell TR. Vascular endothelial growth factor is a key mediator of omental angiogenesis. Surgical Forum, 82nd Annual Clinical Congress 157:746-748, 1996.
  14. Midis GP, Gupta VK, Fabian DF, Lefor AT. Target cell membrane modification and susceptibility to lymphokine activated killer cell mediated lysis II. Sodium periodate has a differential effect on the lysis of human and murine tumor cells. Journal of Surgical Research 56:146-154, 1994.
  15. Gupta VK, Midis GP, Fabian DF, Lefor AT. Sodium periodate has a differential effect on the human and murine LAK cell mediated lysis. FASEB Journal 6:A1151, 1992.
  16. Midis GP, Gupta VK, Fabian DF, Lefor AT. Combined-modality therapy for murine subcutaneous tumors with immunotherapy and hyperthermia. Current Surgery 488:456-457, 1991.

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  • Dec 15, 2023

    Dr. Gupta is, hands down, the best specialist I have ever seen. He is so soft spoken and understanding about pain, fear, and anxiety. He fixed me, twice. I will be forever grateful.While I hope my loved ones never need his expertise and guidance, I would absolutely recommend that they call him.

  • Nov 29, 2023

    Dr Gupta was very kind about explaining everything to me.He clearly explained my options and treatment He is a good listener.I was very comfortable with him. My husband really liked him. I would highly recommend him. He eased the nervousness I had going into the office.

  • Nov 28, 2023

    So Glad I found Dr Gupta ! Thank you !