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  • January 06, 2022

    Christine R. Wray announces Jan. 2022 retirement after 42 years of service in healthcare

    CLINTON, Md.Christine R. Wray, FACHE, president of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital who also serves as a senior vice president for MedStar Health, announced that she will be retiring on January 28, 2022.

    Wray was named president of MedStar Southern Maryland in September 2014, two years after MedStar Health acquired the hospital located in the Clinton area of Prince George’s County. With Wray at the helm, MedStar Southern Maryland saw the development and growth of several new service lines.

    In 2016, the hospital received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report, having ranked among the top 50 of best hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery. In 2017, MedStar Southern Maryland joined the prestigious MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute-Cleveland Clinic Alliance. Wray also helped facilitate the opening of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center in February 2020. This 25,000 square foot facility offers unmatched medical expertise, leading-edge therapies, and access to robust clinical research, all under the same roof.

    Moreover, the construction of MedStar Southern Maryland’s new Emergency Department (ED) expansion project took place under Wray’s leadership, and remained on schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The $43 million ED expansion project has been deemed the largest construction project in the hospital’s history. The new emergency department opened its doors in April 2021 to provide local residents with seamless access to the most advanced care.

    Wray’s focus on providing quality care has helped MedStar Southern Maryland build a foundation of excellence that will serve local communities for decades to come. MedStar Southern Maryland is grateful for the innumerable and lasting contributions that Wray made throughout her 42-year healthcare career.

    “I have so cherished working with all of you in our commitment and service to our wonderful communities. It has truly been an honor and a privilege,” Wray said in an announcement that was emailed to hospital associates. “Please always be proud of the work you do and how you care for each other as you care for our patients. It is incredibly important work and you are the best of the best!

    Dr. Stephen Michaels, who currently serves as the chief operating and medical officer for MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, will take over as president of MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

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  • November 09, 2016

    Baltimore, MD— MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is proud to announce that 63 members of our medical staff have been identified by Baltimore magazine’s much anticipated and highly coveted “Top Docs” 2016 list.

    Each year, Baltimore magazine publishes the annual list of "Baltimore’s Top Doctors". The physicians honored with this title are chosen by their peers who respond to survey questions asking what physician would you send your own family member to. Nearly 10,000 physicians in the region were surveyed for this year’s list and MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has impressive representation in a wide range of specialties. Please join us in congratulating the following:



    The MedStar Franklin Square physicians recognized: 

    To learn more about these physicians, click here.

    Hatem Abdo, MD, Neurosurgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    Albert Aboulafia, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Andrew Abramowitz, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Steven J. Adashek, MD, Gynecology and Women’s Health

    Khalid Al-Talib, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Blair Andrew, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

    Michael Auerbach, MD, Hematology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Michelle Bahrain, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square

    Marie Bellantoni, MD, Endocrinology/Diabetes Care, MedStar Franklin Square

    Harsha Bhagtani, MD, Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Top Doctors
    Four MedStar Franklin Square orthopaedic specialists were named 2015 Top Docs. From left: David Cohen, MD, David Gold, MD, Michael Dvorkin, MD, Ira Gubernick, MD

    Troy Brijbasi, MD, Radiology: Interventional, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jennifer Broussard, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square

    David Cohen, MD, Sports Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jacques Conaway, MD, Sleep Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Katherine Day, MD, Otolaryngology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Gabriel Del Corra, MD, General Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

    William Dowling, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Michael Dvorkin, MD, Orthopaedics: General, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square**

    Kristen Fernandez, MD, Breast Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

    Jeffrey Ferris, MD, Colo-rectal, MedStar Franklin Square

    Albert Steven Fleisher, MD, Gastroenterology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jerold Fleishman, MD, Neurology: General, MedStar Franklin Square

    Frank Frassica, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    David Gold, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint, MedStar Franklin Square

    David Golden, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Ira Gubernick, MD, Orthopaedics: General, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jonathan Hansen, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Daniel  Harley, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    Howard Hauptman, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Carrie Hempel, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Barbara Howard, MD, Pediatric Behavior and Development, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jeffrey Iding, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square

    George Jabaji, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    Adrien Janvier, MD, Hospitalist, MedStar Franklin Square

    Sankar Kausik, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Malik Kelly, MD, HospitalistMedStar Franklin Square

    Joyce King, MD, Family Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Scott Krugman, MD, Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Pallavi Kumar, MD, Oncology,  MedStar Franklin Square

    Nicola  London, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jonathan Matz, MD, Allergy: Immunology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Fernando Mena, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Ziad Mirza, MD, Hyperbaric Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Yvonne Ottaviano, MD, Oncology: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square

    Jeffrey Posner, MD, Nephrology

    Samer Saiedy, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    Kevin Schendel, MD,  Internal Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Sudhir Sekhsaria, MD, MedStar Franklin Square

    Stephen Selinger, MD, Intesivists/Critical Care, MedStar Franklin Square

    Anadir Silva, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Samuel Smith, MD, Reproductive Endocrinology/IVF, Gynecology and Women's Health, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor*

    Gabriel Soudry, MD, Nuclear Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Nassif Soueid, MD, Plastic Surgery: Reconstrutive, Plastic Surgery: Breast, MedStar Franklin Square*

    Ed Steiner, MD, Radiology

    Raymond Sturner, MD, Pediatrics Behavior and Development, MedStar Franklin Square

    Adrienne Suggs, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Matthew Wallace, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Marcos Wolff, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square

    Christopher You, MD, Bariatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Amy Zimmerman, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Franklin Square


    * Recognized in two specialties, ** Recognized in three specialties

    About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit for more information.

  • November 08, 2016
    The 13th Annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel held on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Sport & Health in Tysons Corner, VA, raised more than $45,000 which benefits the adaptive sports athletes with MedStar Health Physical Therapy.
  • November 08, 2016
    MedStar Researchers to Evaluate a Means to Identify Harm Events, Trend Performance and Ultimately Prevent Occurrences
  • November 03, 2016
    MedStar National Rehabilitation Network recently announced it has implemented WebPT — the leading electronic medical record (EMR) software for physical, occupational and speech therapists — throughout its network of 50 outpatient sites in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Southern Maryland, Delaware and Northern Virginia.
  • November 02, 2016
    With cold and flu season just beginning, virtual medical visits are an effective option for getting medical attention—in the comfort of your own home and on your schedule. MedStar Health is now offering this service, and it’s available to anyone 24/7 through MedStar eVisit, with a free, downloadable app for smartphone and tablet or through a secure computer portal.
  • November 01, 2016

    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Offers Free Flu Vaccination at Annual Drive-Thru Clinic

    Baltimore—(November 1, 2016)— Vehicles will begin lining up before the 8 am start of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s 10th Annual Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic Sunday, at the Community College of Baltimore – Essex campus, to receive flu shots through their car windows.  More than 30 volunteer hospital nurses and physicians will be on hand to administer the vaccines to attendees six months and older who have no known allergies to eggs or other ingredients in the vaccine.

    The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used this season and has not been distributed.

    Since 2007, MedStar Franklin Square has worked closely with county agencies such as the Baltimore County Health and Human Services, Police, Fire and Public Works departments, and the Community College of Baltimore County to host the clinic and arm the community with protection against the flu. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the clinic, designed to be a free and convenient way for members of the community to vaccinate the entire family in one stop, without getting out of the car.

    WHAT:                 10th Annual FREE Drive-Thru Flu Vaccination Clinic

    WHEN:                 Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016
                                   8 a.m. to Noon
    (or until supplies run out)

    WHERE:               Community College of Baltimore – Essex campus, Rossville Boulevard and College Drive

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of flu complications. The number of people who die each year from flu-related causes in the United States ranges from 3,000 to 49,000.

    To protect against the flu, the CDC recommends annual vaccination for those six months and older, as well as those at higher risk of developing flu complications, including children under five; adults over 65; pregnant women; residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities; those with weakened immune systems; and people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

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