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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 28, 2016
    MedStar Health Home Care today announced that their Central Md. and D.C. agencies were both named Top Agencies of the 2016 HomeCare EliteTM, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.
  • November 22, 2016

    Olney, MD — The local March of Dimes held a Day of Gratitude event at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Maternal Newborn Center. It was an opportunity for the March of Dimes staff to express thanks to the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals for all that they do each day as they care for these fragile babies and their families.

    Hospital staff was presented with a plaque in recognition of their efforts to support the March of Dimes mission to improve the health of babies. “We wanted to show our gratitude for these talented, compassionate caregivers who dedicate themselves and their time to the delicate mission we are also passionate about,” said Kate Hornyan, March of Dimes Greater DC Market Development Manager. “It was a meaningful experience to honor the dedicated staff at MedStar Montgomery.”

    Although we continue to make strides in this area, the nation experienced a slight increase in its preterm birth rate from 9.57% (2014) to 9.63% (2015). A small, but statistically significant increase. This is the first time in eight years that the nation has experienced an increase. Approximately 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the U.S. In Maryland, over 1,422 babies are born each week, and 143 of these are born preterm (before 37 weeks completed weeks of gestation). These babies face an increased risk of serious medical complications and life-long disabilities. Some may not reach their first birthday. In addition to the physical and emotional effects, a preterm birth can cost 12 times more than an uncomplicated birth and costs the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion each year.

    The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies. And, if something goes wrong, we offer information and comfort to families. We research the problems that threaten babies and work on preventing them. Since the organization was established in 1938, March of Dimes work has led to discoveries that shape today’s standards of a healthy pregnancy.

    ]March of Dimes Chanda Satchell, MMMC Maternal Newborn Center Unit Manager, Kate Hornyan, March of Dimes Development Manager, and Paula Rodney, MMMC Director of Nursing[/caption]

    November is Prematurity Awareness Month®, and a key time when the March of Dimes focuses everyone’s attention on the serious problem of premature birth. An estimated 15 million babies are born premature and of those more than a million die as a result of their early birth.

    About MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
    MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.

    About the March of Dimes
    The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

  • November 21, 2016

    The Lombardi Comprehensive Care Center main entrance and lobby are now open. The entrance will be open on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to  7:30 p.m. and closed on weekends. Valet parking is now available.

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  • November 17, 2016
    MedStar NRH free adaptive exercise classes have crossed the Potomac and are now available at a new Fairfax location on Chain Bridge Rd.
  • November 11, 2016
    Project Drives Early Intervention and Treatment for Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • November 11, 2016

    Baltimore—(November 2016)— MedStar Health is proud to announce that 118 of its Baltimore hospital physicians have been recognized by Baltimore magazine in the much anticipated and highly coveted 30th annual edition of Top Docs, now on stands.

    Physicians who grace the pages of the Top Docs edition are chosen by their peers who respond to a survey asking which physician they would most likely send their own family member to. Nearly 12,000 physicians in the region were surveyed for this year’s list. Baltimore magazine then publishes the top physicians named in over one hundred specialties.

    To learn more about these physicians, click here.

    * MedStar Union Memorial physicians

    Fouad Abbas, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Harbor

    Hatem Abdo, MD, Neurosurgery, MedStar Franklin Square  

    Albert Aboulafia, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Bone and Tissue, MedStar Franklin Square

    Andrew Abramowitz, MD, Pediatric Orthopaedics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Steven Adashek, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Khalid Al Talib, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square

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

    *Paul Asdourian, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Rajah Ayash, MD, Pulmonary, MedStar Union Memorial

    Cengiz Aygun, MD, Radiation Oncology, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Michelle Bahrain, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Franklin Square

    Harsha Bhagtani, MD, Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Charles Boice, MD, Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Henry Boucher, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint Replacement, MedStar Union Memorial

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

    Jennifer Broussard, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Cynthia Buchman-Webb, MD, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Gregory Burgoyne, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Wayne Campbell, MD, Infectious Disease, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Issam Cheikh, MD, Endocrinology, MedStar Union Memorial

    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 Corral, MD

    *Luis Dibos, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Zeena Dorai, MD, Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    William Dowling, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square

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

    *Frank Ebert, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Joint Replacement, MedStar Union Memorial

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

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

    *Michael Fiocco, MD, Cardiac Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    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

    *Vinay Gupta, MD, Hepatobillary Surgery and Surgical Oncology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Gregory Guyton, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

    Jonathan Hansen, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Matthew Hansen, MD, Pain Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Daniel Harley, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    Howard Hauptman, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Richard Heitmiller, MD, Thoracic Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    Carrie Hempel, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    George Hennawi, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *James Higgins, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    Jeffrey Hobelmann, MD, Anesthesia, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Peter Holt, MD, Rheumatology, MedStar Good Samaritan

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

    Jeffrey Iding, MD, Pathology, MedStar Franklin Square, MedStar Harbor

    *Peter Innis, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

    George Jabaji, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    Adrien Janvier, MD, Hospital Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Allan Jensen, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Sankar Kausik, MD, Urology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Christopher Kearney, MD, Palliative Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    Malik Kelly, MD, Hospital Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    Joyce King, MD, Family Medicine, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Camille Kodsi, MD, Anesthesia and Cardiac Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial

    Pallavi Kumar, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Richard Lebow, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    Mesfin Lemma, MD, Orthopedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Scott Lepre, MD (NRH), Inpatient Rehabilitation, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *Brad Lerner, MD, Urology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Nicola London, MD, General Obstetrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Nicholas Mantel, MD, Anesthesiology, MedStar Union Memorial

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

    Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    Fernando Mena, MD, Neonatology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Stuart Miller, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

    John Mitcherling, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Ziad Mirza, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Marc Mugmon, MD, Medical Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *David Nasrallah, MD, General Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

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

    James Parshall, MD, Geriatrics, MedStar Good Samaritan

    Jeffrey Posner, MD, Nephrology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Joseph Puthumana, MD, Hospitalist, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Salim Rizk, MD, Critical Care, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Paul Sack, MD, Endocrinology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Samer Saiedy, MD, Vascular Surgery, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Waiel Samara, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    Kevin Schendel, MD, Internal Medicine, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *Lew Schon, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Foot and Ankle, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Sudhir Sekhsaria, MD, Allergy, MedStar Union Memorial

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

    *John Senatore, MD, Podiatry, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Carlton Sexton, MD, Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Richard Shapiro, MD, Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial

    Elias Shaya, MD, Psychiatry, MedStar Good Samaritan

    *Susan Shiber, MD, Cardiac Anesthesia, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Alan Shikani, MD, Otolaryngology, MedStar Union Memorial

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

    *Manav Singla, MD, Allergy and Immunology: Pediatrics, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Peter Sloane, MD, Critical Care and Pulmonary, MedStar Union Memorial

    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

    Edward Steiner, MD

    Raymond Sturner, MD, Developmental and Behavioral: Pediatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Brian Swehla, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Daniel Teklay, MD, Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Justin Tortolani, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery: Spine, MedStar Union Memorial

    Matthew Wallace, MD, Orthopaedic Oncology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *John Wang, MD, Interventional Cardiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    *Cindy Webb, MD, Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, MedStar Union Memorial

    *David Widlus, MD, Interventional Radiology, MedStar Union Memorial

    Marcos Wolff, MD, Infectious Diseases, MedStar Franklin Square

    Christopher You, MD,  Bariatrics, MedStar Franklin Square

    Amy Zimmerman, MD, Ophthalmology, MedStar Franklin Square

    *Neal Zimmerman, MD, Hand Surgery, MedStar Union Memorial

     

    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 MedStarHealth.org.