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Our specialized cancer experts are with you every step of the way.

Providing customized care to address all of your unique needs.

Our world-class medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, have the experience and technology to accurately diagnose and treat cancer.

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a common or complex type of cancer, an accurate diagnosis is essential to receiving the most effective treatment that gets rid of your cancer for good. We offer second-opinion appointments via video or in-person within 48 hours, so you won’t have to wait to get peace of mind and comprehensive answers.

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A second opinion for your cancer diagnosis could save your life.

A second opinion can confirm your initial diagnosis and assure you that you’re receiving the most up-to-date information about your cancer type and stage. In other cases, a second opinion can reveal additional treatment options that may not be available elsewhere.

It’s never too late for a second opinion.

Learn more about second opinions for cancer diagnoses.

Cancer treatment designed for you:

We work tirelessly to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. Our MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute experts provide access to a wealth of different treatment options and clinical trials for improved outcomes, faster responses, and fewer side effects. From immunotherapy to precision medicine and targeted therapies, our specialists use the latest advances in cancer care including:

  • A multidisciplinary team approach, our specialists work together in one location to develop a unique treatment plan specifically tailored to you. Your care team will guide you through every step of the way.
  • Clinical trials and research-backed solutions that ensure our doctors and researchers continue to improve how cancer is diagnosed and treated. We provide access to promising therapies only sometimes available through other networks and centers.
  • Our comprehensive treatment plans that range from complex surgeries to clinical trials and advanced therapies that are hard to find. Your individualized treatment plan may include a combination of surgery and/or systemic therapy, like chemotherapy, immunotherapy, endocrine therapy, radiation therapy, tumor molecular profiling, or targeted biologic treatments. Learn more.

An experienced, multidisciplinary team:

  • Our team approach involves surgical, radiation, and medical oncologists, radiologists, and other specialists, therapists, and nurses who meet weekly on a tumor board to review and design a comprehensive treatment plan for your unique circumstances. Our team even includes top plastic surgeons, in case your cancer is located in a cosmetically sensitive area or requires the removal of a large amount of skin and repair afterward. Meet our experts.
  • You’ll receive care from nationally known surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, researchers, and cancer experts who are at the forefront of finding new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer. Our oncologists are consistently named “Top Docs” by Baltimore magazine.
  • We’re honored to hold Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level of approval from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. This endorsement is evidence of the exceptional quality of care we provide to our cancer patients in the communities we serve.

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443-777-7603,

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Expertise in your type of cancer.

At MedStar Health, our oncologists specialize in treatment of specific types of cancer. Focused expertise means you get the most precise and effective therapy for your type of cancer, including:

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Meet our nurse navigators.

Our nurse navigators assist patients in accessing the clinical resources they need whether it be making office appointments, arranging for imaging studies, or scheduling surgery. They are also a primary point of contact for patients having questions about their plan of care, providing personal guidance to patients as they begin their cancer journey.

Our nurse navigators partner with patients and their providers to:

  • Connect patients to the proper physicians
  • Provide emotional support to patients and their families
  • Explain treatment and care options
  • Assist caregivers
  • Connect patients with screening programs
  • Identify available community resources
  • Nurse Navigator

    Oncology Navigators:

    • Adesola Azubuike, RN
    • Erin Choi, RN

    Surgical Oncology Navigator:

    • Maria Brady, RN

    Breast Navigator:

    • Barbara Chandler, BSN, RN
    • Theresa Donovan

    Clinical Trials Navigator:

    • Amy Avergas, MSIT, MBA

Meet our nationally recognized cancer team.

  • Medical Oncologists

    Kevin Y. Chen, MD
    Hematology Oncology

    Mounika Gangireddy, MD
    Hematology Oncologist

    Shweta Kurian, MD
    Hematology Oncologist

    Pragnan Kancharla, MD
    Hematology Oncologist

    Mahsa Mohebtash, MD
    Hematology Oncologist

    Charles A. Padgett, MD
    Hematology Oncologist

  • Breast Surgeons

    Daria Abolghasemi, DO
    Breast Surgery

    Maen Farha, MD
    Breast Surgery

    Atsuko Okabe, MD
    Breast Surgery

  • Colorectal Surgeons

    P. Jeffrey Ferris, MD
    Colon and Rectal Surgery

    David M. Lisle, MD
    Colon and Rectal Surgery

    David E. Stein, MD
    Colon and Rectal Surgery

  • Genetic Counselor

    Emily Kuchinsky, MS, CGC

    Hannah Stutzman, MS

  • Gynecologic Oncologists

    Irina Tunnage, DO, MHS
    Gynecologic Oncologist

  • Neurosurgeons

    Zeena Dorai, MD
    Neurosurgeon

    Victor Du, MD
    Neurosurgeon

    Charles L. Schnee, MD
    Neurosurgeon

    Jugal K. Shah, MD
    Neurosurgeon

    Samir Sur, MD
    Neurosurgeon

    Teresa Wojtasiewicz, MD
    Neurosurgeon

  • Radiation Oncologists

    Katherine Chen, MD
    Radiation Oncologist

    Paul Fowler, MD
    Radiation Oncology

    Kelly E.Orwat, MD
    Radiation Oncology

    Stephen Ronson, MD
    Radiation Oncology

  • Reconstructive Surgeons

    Gabriel Del Corral, MD
    Plastic Surgery

    David Martin, MD
    Plastic Surgery

  • Surgical Oncologists

    Edward C. McCarron, MD
    Surgical Oncology

    Vinay Gupta, MD
    Surgical Oncology

  • Thoracic Surgeons

    Ziv Gamliel, MD
    Thoracic Surgery

    Duane Monteith, MD
    Thoracic Surgery

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We accept most insurances. Please call your insurance provider to verify coverage.

For more information call

443-777-7603,

or

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  • How should I get a second opinion for a cancer diagnosis?

    Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer can benefit from a second-opinion appointment with an additional specialist. A second opinion can confirm your initial diagnosis and assure you that you’re receiving the most up-to-date information about your cancer type and stage. In other cases, a second opinion can reveal additional treatment options that may not be available elsewhere.

    A second opinion is especially important if you:

    • Have a rare or unusual cancer
    • Need a second opinion for insurance purposes
    • Are interested in clinical trials or alternative therapies 
    • Wonder about other oncologists and cancer centers that specialize in treating your cancer type
    • Want confirmation and peace of mind about your treatment plan
    • Aren’t sure about your options
  • When is the best time to get a second opinion?

    When you need a second opinion, it’s important to move quickly. Depending on the severity of your cancer stage, you may need to start treatment right away. And, some therapies may need to begin within a certain timeframe. However, in most cases, you have enough time to get a second opinion—and your doctor will probably encourage you to. 

    The best time to get a second opinion is as soon as you can after receiving your initial diagnosis. When you’re looking for a second opinion, it’s best to choose a doctor or cancer center who can review your case within a few days. At MedStar Health Cancer Network, we are committed to seeing you within 48 hours. Talk to your doctor about how much time is appropriate to delay treatment while you seek a second opinion for your situation.
  • How do I choose the right doctor for a second opinion?

    When you choose the right doctor for a second opinion, you can confidently make educated decisions about your care. Your current doctor may recommend other cancer experts who you can trust to provide a thorough second opinion. Or, you may want to do your own research on other oncologists you find online or through word-of-mouth. 

    Here are a few things you should look for when you’re deciding where to get a second opinion:

    • What are their areas of expertise? Do they specialize in the type of cancer you have?
    • What are their credentials? Are they board-certified? 
    • What are their outcomes for past patients? 
    • What are their patient ratings?
    • Where do they work? What kind of cancer support services do they offer?
    • Do they offer clinical trials or other advanced treatment options that may be hard to find elsewhere?
    • How easy is it to schedule an appointment?
  • What should I do to prepare for a second-opinion appointment?

    You can get the most out of your visit by preparing ahead of time. Before your second-opinion consultation, you should:
    • Check that your current doctor sent over all copies of all medical records, lab results, scans, biopsies, and any other relevant information
    • Provide a summary of any current medications to the new doctor
    • Write down any questions you have for the new doctor, such as:

Additional resources

  • Podcast: S:4 E:8 The Silent Threat of Esophageal Cancer with Duane Monteith, MD and Dana Sloane, MD

    S4:E8  The Silent Threat of Esophageal Cancer
    Duane MonteithDana Sloane

    Esophageal cancer may not be the most common form of cancer, but its aggressive nature makes it one of the deadliest. In this episode Dr. Duane Monteith, thoracic surgeon, and Dr. Dana Sloane, gastroenterologist, join forces to shed light on this challenging disease, offering hope and knowledge about the symptoms, treatments, and advancements in minimally invasive surgery.

    For interviews, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

    Learn more about Dr. Monteith here
    Learn more about Dr. Sloane,here

  • Podcast: S:3 E:15 Let's Talk Liver Masses with Edward McCarron, MD, FACS and Abhinav Sankineni, MD,MPH

    S3:E15 Let’s Talk Liver Masses
    Abhinav Sankineni and Edward McCarron

    Liver masses or lesions are increasingly being identified incidentally during imaging tests and through bloodwork for unrelated conditions. While most are benign, many are complex making them difficult to accurately diagnose and treat. That’s why it’s important to see a specialist who can determine the specific type and nature of the lesion as the most appropriate treatment can vary greatly. During this podcast, Dr. Abhinav Sankineni, an interventional gastroenterologist, and Dr. Edward McCarron, a surgical oncologist, who both practice at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, discuss liver masses …what they are and how they are diagnosed and treated.

    For interviews withDr. Sankineni or Dr. McCarron, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

    Learn more about Dr. McCarron, surgical oncologist, and Dr. Sankineni, interventional gastroenterologist.


  • Podcast: S:3 E:10 Understanding Thyroid Cancer With Vinay Gupta

    S3:E10 Understanding thyroid cancer
    Vinay Gupta

    Thyroid cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the thyroid gland, which makes hormones that help regulate your metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Though uncommon, most forms of thyroid cancer are not as aggressive as other cancers and are very treatable if found early…normally after a person or their doctor discovers a lump on the neck. That’s why it’s important to seek follow-up care to accurately diagnose and monitor a lump when one is found. During this podcast, Dr. Vinay Gupta, a surgical oncologist at MedStar Health, discusses thyroid cancer…what it is and how it is diagnosed and treated.

    For interviews with Dr. Gupta, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

    Learn more about Dr. Gupta here


  • Podcast: S:3 E:08 CyberKnife® Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer

    S3:E8 CyberKnife® Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer

    Sean Collins

    CyberKnife®, also known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), is non-surgical, highly precise, targeted radiation, with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Unlike conventional prostate radiation therapy that can take up to 40 sessions, CyberKnife treats prostate cancer in only five treatments. This treatment is extremely accurate and painless. This treatment causes minimal side effects and requires virtually no recovery time. Listen to Dr. Sean Collins, radiation oncologist and director, CyberKnife Prostate Program, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, discuss the benefits of using CyberKnife to treat prostate cancer, how it compares to traditional radiation treatment, and why patients should choose MedStar Georgetown for their CyberKnife prostate cancer treatment. For more information, visit medstarhealth.org/cyberknifenow.

    For interviews with Dr. Collins, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, matthew.m.holzapfel@medstar.net.

    Learn more about Dr. Collins here


  • Podcast: S:3 E:05 Transforming the Treatment of Brain and Spine Tumors With Mahsa Mohebtash, Kelly E. Orwat, and Teresa J. Wojtasieqicz

    S3:E5 Transforming the treatment of brain and spine tumors

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    Though rare, there are more than 100 different types of brain and spine tumors, making them complex to diagnose and treat. Because of this, a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that brings together specialists that include neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuro-oncologists, and other experts is essential for the best outcomes. During this podcast, Dr. Teresa Wojtasiewicz, a neurosurgeon; medical oncologist Dr. Mahsa Mohebtash; and radiation oncologist Kelly Orwat; all with the Neuro-Oncology program at MedStar Health discuss the different types of brain and spine tumors as well as advances in treatment.

    For interviews with any of these specialists, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.


  • Podcast: S2:E28 What You Need to Know About Pancreatic Cancer With Edward McCarron, MD

    S2:E28 What You Need to Know About Pancreatic Cancer
    Ed McCarron

    Though it’s a rare type of cancer, pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. That's because pancreatic cancer symptoms aren't obvious in early stages and there is no official screening for it yet. So, most people don't know they have it until it has advanced to a stage when it is challenging to treat. During this podcast, Dr. Edward McCarron, a surgical oncologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with extensive experience diagnosing and treating pancreatic cancer discusses the symptoms of pancreatic cancer as well as treatment options if it is found.

    For interviews with Dr. Reuss, or for more information about this podcast, contact Matt Holzapfel, matthew.m.holzapfel@medstar.net.

    Learn more about Dr. McCarron here


  • Podcast: S:2 E:13 Getting a Breast Cancer Diagnosis...What's Next With Maen Farha, MD

    S2:E13: Getting a Breast Cancer Diagnosis…What’s Next

    Maen Farha

    Every year 1 out of 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 275,000 new cases are identified annually…among both women and men. So, what happens after you’ve been told you have breast cancer? It’s complicated and depends on the type and extent of the cancer as well as a variety of other factors. During this podcast, Dr. Maen Farha, medical director of the Breast Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, explores the various paths a patient’s breast cancer journey can take based on their specific diagnosis.

    Learn more about Dr. Farha here.



  • Podcast: S:2 E:09 The ABCDEs of Melanoma With Edward McCarron, MD

    S2:E09: The ABCDEs of Melanoma

    Ed McCarron

    Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer that starts in the deep layers of the skin in the cells that produce pigment. It is aggressive and potentially life-threatening. So, it’s important that it be identified early when it is most treatable. In this podcast, Dr. Edward McCarron, a surgical oncologist and specialist in the treatment of the disease, talks about what melanoma is, how it is treated, and how to prevent it by knowing the ABCDEs of melanoma.

    For interviews with Dr. Tepper, or for more information about this podcast, contact Regional Media Relations Director, debra.schindler@medstar.net.

    Learn more about Dr. McCarron here.



  • Livestream: Fighting Women's Cancers

    Livestream: Fighting Women's Cancers

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    In case you missed our recent livestream event, watch the replay here! WMAR-TV’s Jamie Costello hosted a panel of our cancer specialists to discuss risk factors, warning signs, and treatments for some of the most common types of cancer impacting women.

    Our panel included:

    • Dr. Mahsa Mohebtash, medical director of MedStar Health Community Oncology in Maryland
    • Dr. Katherine Chen, radiation oncologist
    • Emily Kuchinsky, CGC, certified genetic counselor
    • Dr. Shweta Kurian, medical oncologist
    • Dr. Ali Mahdavi, gynecologic oncologist
    • Dr. Edward McCarron, surgical oncologist
    • Dr. Duane Monteith, thoracic surgeon
    • Dr. Atsuko Okabe, breast surgeon
    • Dr. Dana Sloan, interventional gastroenterologist

Information for referring physicians.

If you are caring for a patient who requires treatment for cancer, we encourage you to refer them to  MedStar Health. We value your trust and partnership, and promise to provide your patients with the highest level of comprehensive, evidence-based care. Also know that we make it a priority to expedite new patient appointments. When you refer patients to our practice, we will get their initial appointments scheduled quickly at the location most convenient for them.

We're committed to collaborating with you, so that together, we can provide continuity in care for patients in need of our collective services. Please click the button below to refer a patient.

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