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  • Lucy De La Cruz
    January 20, 2022

    The renowned 39-year-old breast surgeon becomes youngest Latina woman to lead breast surgery program in U.S. at major academic medical center

    WASHINGTONLucy Maria De La Cruz, MD, has joined MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as chief of its Breast Surgery Program and director of the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center. Dr. De La Cruz is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon who specializes in advanced breast surgery procedures, including wireless lumpectomies, hidden scar technique, oncoplastic breast conservation, and nipple-sparing mastectomy. She has been published in more than two dozen peer-reviewed scientific journals, and her pivotal papers on nipple-sparing mastectomy and oncologic outcomes have been cited worldwide. She will also direct the hospital’s breast surgery fellowship program.

    Lucy De La Cruz

    “I am honored and excited to lead the breast surgery program and the Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital,” said De La Cruz. “It has been my life-long dream to bring my passion for medicine, helping others and building a state-of-the-art breast surgery program to advance breast health. I look forward to working with our multidisciplinary team of breast health experts to compassionately care for, educate and empower my patients in their health journey.”

    Dr. De La Cruz is an academic breast surgeon who conducts outcomes-focused research, and among her special interests are the impact of genomic mapping to guide breast cancer treatment and male breast cancer treatment. Her work is guided by a long-standing commitment to promoting equity and efficacy in breast cancer care delivery, using the principles of value-based health care.
    “The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital are thrilled to have Dr. De La Cruz lead the breast surgery program. Her commitment to patients, their journey, and their outcomes are unmatched; and her expertise in novel surgical techniques brings new and beneficial options to patients,” said David H. Song, MD, MBA, FACS, Physician Executive Director, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Professor and Chair Department of Plastic Surgery, and Interim Chair, Department of Surgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine.
    Dr. De La Cruz’s story

    Dr. De La Cruz, 39, started her journey towards becoming the youngest Latina woman to lead a breast cancer surgery program at a major academic medical center at young age. As the daughter of international physician researchers, she spent a lot of time in labs where her parents worked, sparking her passion for medicine and “making a difference in people’s lives.” She grew up in Cuba, Mozambique, Spain, and Miami.
    In college, she studied abroad in the Dominican Republic at the Universidad Central Del Este School of Medicine, where students were involved in patient care very early in their education and training. There, she completed her medical degree, founded an American Medical Student Association chapter and raised scholarship funds to help those who couldn’t afford tuition.

    After graduation, she was told becoming a surgeon would be nearly impossible as a foreign medical graduate and a female. Despite this, De La Cruz obtained research fellowships from the University of Miami and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She continued her journey by obtaining a one-year residency internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, where she earned the Intern of the Year award and an AOA medical honor society membership for her dedication to medical student teaching. During her residency, she worked on an award-winning oncologic outcomes research project for nipple-sparing mastectomy that continues to be cited worldwide.
    That same year, Dr. De La Cruz started her breast surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she worked in private practice for a year before returning to the University of Pennsylvania as a faculty member in the associate program director of the breast cancer surgery fellowship program.
    After relocating to Washington, D.C., to be close to her family, she founded the breast cancer fellowship program curriculum at the Inova Health System. Now at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and The Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center, she continues to teach residents and fellows, pursue research, and care for patients – the fulfillment of her lifelong dream. 

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  • December 09, 2016


    WASHINGTON, D.C., (December 9, 2016)— Jennifer Remington, MHSA, assistant vice president of Graduate Medical Education (GME) at MedStar Health, was elected to serve a three-year term, commencing Nov. 11, 2016, on the Steering Committee of the Group on Residents Affairs (GRA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

    The GRA promotes exemplary leadership for high-quality GME, and is an authoritative source on GME principles and practices in the medical education continuum within the AAMC and nationally. The GRA's annual leadership certificate course is highly competitive, and its many other educational offerings (including an annual national meeting for GME professionals) provide valuable networking opportunities, professional development, and the tools that improve the quality of resident education at both the program and institutional levels.

    “Jen will bring a valuable perspective to the GRA as leader over one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country,” said Jaime Padmore, DM, MSc, vice president of Academic Affairs at MedStar Health. “We oversee more than 1,100 medical residents and fellows annually, which provides us great insight into the needs of this community,” Padmore added.

    GRA representatives are appointed through the dean of an accredited U.S. medical school, the chief executive officer of a member of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH), or the president of a GME-related member of the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). As a whole, the GRA represents the institutional leaders of GME who are responsible for accreditation and administration at their AAMC member organizations.

    About MedStar Health Graduate Medical Education

    Advancing health through medical education, research and innovation is core to MedStar Health’s vision and strategy. Serving as MedStar Health’s medical education and clinical partner, Georgetown University enhances our “advancing health” portfolio through collaborations in teaching, scholarship, and research. Georgetown University medical students rotate through MedStar’s hospitals for their clinical education and training. In addition, approximately 25 percent of the university’s graduating class is matched into MedStar residencies and fellowships. Most of MedStar’s teaching faculty hold academic appointments at Georgetown University, realizing the meaningful collaborations in teaching, research, and academic service. For more information, visit

    About MedStar Health

    MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit

  • December 07, 2016

    Drs. Scott Krugman and Michelle Chudow, Extraordinary Child Safety Advocates

    Baltimore—(December 7, 2016)— Dr. Scott Krugman, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center chairman of pediatrics, and pediatrician Dr. Michelle Chudow, will be honored by Baltimore County executive, Kevin Kamenetz, and Baltimore County state’s attorney, Scott Shellenberger, for providing extraordinary care to abused children in conjunction with the Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center (CAC). A special award recognition presentation will be made by the county leaders at the hospital, Dec. 14.

    MedStar Franklin Square has been on the forefront of child protection since 2000 when Dr. Krugman formed the multidisciplinary Child Protection Team (CPT) and partnered with Baltimore County Police and the Department of Social Services to improve care for victims of child abuse in Eastern Baltimore County.

    Under his leadership, MFSMC has trained associates to provide acute sexual abuse/assault examinations, implemented comprehensive child abuse and neglect services, and is a provider of support and case management to victims of child abuse.

    For the past 2 years, Dr. Krugman and his team have partnered with the CAC to provide weekly medical coverage for child sexual abuse victims. State’s Attorney Shellenberger brought this to the Baltimore County executive’s attention, citing Dr. Krugman, Dr. Chudow, and the entire Child Protection Team, for rising above the call of duty. “They really stepped up to the plate to assist in all kinds of child abuse cases and are really going out of their way to be great citizens in their community,” he wrote to the county executive.

    Dr. Krugman, named 2015 Pediatrician of the Year, by the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has served on numerous statewide child abuse committees and is a long-standing member of the multi-disciplinary Baltimore County Child Protection Panel. Providing pediatric care for over 18 years, Dr. Krugman has been an integral force in enhancing the health of children in Baltimore and the surrounding regions.

    Dr. Chudow consults on active investigations for all forms of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and medical neglect as the Medical Director of the CAC. She is also a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, and is passionate about educating medical providers, child care workers and teachers, and parents about the prevention, recognition, and reporting of all aspects of child maltreatment.

    Additionally, Drs. Krugman and Chudow have provided specialized forensic sexual abuse medical exams, SAFE exams, medical consultations on CPS cases, and expert court testimony. Through the provision of these specialized services and participation in the weekly CAC multi-disciplinary team meetings, MedStar Franklin Square has advanced the knowledge of Child Protective Services, police, and the state's attorney in medical considerations for child maltreatment cases.

    Click here to learn more about Dr. Krugman.

    Click here to learn more about Dr. Chudow.

    For more information about the Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center, click here.


    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.

  • December 07, 2016

    A shiny gold-toned plaque on the wall inscribed with the words “Meditation room renovations in memory of Stephen C. Nystrom, CDR, USN” represents the special gift he left for others who long for a quiet moment of reflection during difficult times. Marianna Nystrom revisited MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital recently for a small gathering to sanctify the space where she and her grown children had spent many hours while her husband was sick.

    “In January, my daughter, son and I received beautiful, loving care from staff,” explained Marianna. “During our time at the hospital, we couldn’t help but notice the condition of the room next door (the chapel) was in contrast to this one (the meditation room). When Marianna’s husband passed, she said it was her daughter who suggested they set up a fund to help renovate the space in lieu of flowers.

    “In his final days, hospice didn’t have room for my husband,” said Marianna. “Essentially, staff on the third floor gave him hospice and palliative care and took care of us. Because he received such incredible care, we really wanted to do something.”

    Generous donations from friends and family allowed the meditation room to be renovated with a new coat of paint, a table lamp for ambient lighting, covered storage benches for seating and artwork by artist Karen Russell.  

    “That art piece (hanging on the left wall as you walk in) is called “One”,” shared Marianna. “I see planets, the universe, diversity and that’s what my husband believed.  He believed in the great mystery.”

    Visit to find out how you can give back, too. 

  • December 05, 2016

    Will Lead Baltimore MedStar Hospitals as Director of Vascular Surgeryvallabhaneni-press-release

    BALTIMORE—(November 30, 2016) —Raghuveer Vallabhaneni, MD, FACS,  joins the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute (MHVI) at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, as Director of Vascular Surgery-Baltimore, bringing specialized expertise and a national reputation for treating complex aortic disease to the Baltimore region of the state’s largest healthcare provider.

    In this newly designed role, Dr. Vallabhaneni will collaborate with MHVI leadership to develop the vascular programs at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor and MedStar Union Memorial. He’ll report directly to Dr. Edward Woo, Director, MedStar Vascular Surgery, in a system effort to provide seamless and accessible vascular care for patients.

    “We are very excited to have Dr. Vallabhaneni join our team,” said Dr. Woo. “He brings expertise in treating complex vascular disorders to the Baltimore region.”

    Fellowship trained in vascular surgery, he is also board certified in both vascular and general surgery. Dr. Vallabhaneni is experienced in all forms of minimally-invasive and open endovascular surgery, as well as the medical management of vascular issues.

    “Dr. Vallabhaneni is able to offer patients a full range of available diagnostic and treatment options,” said Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute.  “We are very proud to bring his leadership to our communities. His research interests focus on patient outcomes, patient safety and quality care. His leadership on numerous clinical trials, and knowledge of the spectrum of treatment modalities, speak to the commitment we’ve made to provide the most in comprehensive cardiac care.” 

    Dr. Vallabhaneni trained in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also completed a research fellowship, followed by a clinical vascular surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

    Most recently, Dr. Vallabhaneni served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina, where he co-directed the complex aortic program.

    Dr. Vallabhaneni is published widely, including book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and has been an invited speaker at both regional and national vascular surgery conferences.

    About the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

    MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a network of highly acclaimed and nationally recognized cardiac experts and care programs spanning all 10 MedStar Health hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Baltimore area, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute experts are accessible at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and more than a dozen community locations.  MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is allied with the Cleveland Clinic, the nation’s #1 heart program, giving patients accelerated access to the most advanced research, technologies and techniques in cardiology and cardiac surgery. This alliance also strengthens excellent clinical care and enables high-level collaboration on research.

    About MedStar Health

    MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit


  • December 05, 2016
    Eric Wisotzky, MD, chief of the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the director of Cancer Rehabilitation with MedStar Health Physical Therapy and Nicole Hanrahan, MD, Cancer Rehabilitation fellow with MedStar NRH recently published a new article titled “Deconstructing Postmastectomy Syndrome” in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Clinics of North America Journal.
  • November 30, 2016
    Data from a new, local prospective study on the impact of gross anatomy labs administered to first-year Georgetown University medical students showed the desire to work with their hands increased, enjoyment of working with instruments and tools increased, and likelihood of pursing a surgical career increased in 30 percent of the surveyed students who experienced gross anatomy lab.