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Delegate Ric Metzgar and MedStar Health Join for Open Forum on Cancer Care

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BALTIMORE—  With more than 33,000 Maryland residents projected to receive a new cancer diagnosis this year, Delegate Ric Metzgar (R-6) and experts from the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Weinberg Cancer Center are making sure the lines of communication regarding prevention, screenings and treatment -are wide open. Together, at a free community forum, they will host A Night of Hope and Inspiration, at Kenwood High School, Oct. 18th at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Delegate Metzgar, a recent member of the House Health and Government Operations Committee in the Maryland General Assembly, recognized the value of people, particularly those at a higher risk for cancer, having access to physicians in an informal setting. “Getting the experts in front of our community members is key,” he said. “This is personal. We want to open the conversation with experts in cancer who care for our community. Let people ask questions face to face; be proactive in their healthcare. It could come down to saving lives.”

“The changes in cancer treatment happen by the hour and it is almost impossible to know all the advancements and the new technology now available. Our Weinberg Cancer Center is part of the MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute which allows us to bring even more pioneering cancer care to the citizens of Eastern Baltimore County,” said Samuel E. Moskowitz, FACHE, president of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and a senior vice president for MedStar Health. “We look forward to working with Delegate Metzgar to help educate our community.”

Invited experts:

  • Albert Aboulafia, D, FACS, MBA: Medical Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Center at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • Pallavi Kumar, MD: Director of Immuno-Oncology for the Baltimore region of the MedStar Health Cancer Network
  • Suman Rao, MD: Director of Thoracic Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

According to data collected by the American Cancer Society, approximately 10,000 people will die from a form of cancer this year; almost 90 percent of those will be from lung or a bronchus related cancer. Colorectal, pancreatic, breast and then liver follow in incidence.

This educational and informative event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to attend. Call Delegate Metzgar’s Office at 410-622-5323, to reserve a seat.

Music, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be provided. 

Albert Aboulafia, MD, FACS, MBA
Medical Director, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Suman Rao, MD
Director of Thoracic Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center


About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-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 our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients 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


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