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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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  • May 10, 2019

    CLINTON, MD—MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC)’s new cancer treatment center is one step closer toward its completion with the addition of a new cancer-fighting technology in the office of Radiation Oncologist Andrew Satinsky, MD

    On March 20, Dr. Satinsky began using the new Halcyon™ machine to treat patients. The Halcyon™ is an image guidance system delivering radiation more easily, more efficiently and with greater comfort, without compromising on quality. This results in a treatment that is highly effective in far less time.

    Dr. Satinsky treating a patient with the Halcyon™ machine.

    “This treatment revolutionizes the quality, expediency, comfort and safety of patients treated with radiation in the state of Maryland,” said Andrew Satinsky, MD. “This is exciting for us because we’re the first center in the DC Metro area to have this, and it means we’re on the cutting edge of technology.”

    This new technology involves a low energy X-ray that allows soft imaging of the patient to minimize radiation risks while delivering afterwards a powerful treatment capable of achieving the demands of each patient’s needs. Another advantage includes new software tools that allow clinical evaluations for quick decision making on the need for clinical changes to the treatment, through adaptive radiation therapy.

    The first patient to be treated at MSMHC was U.S. Department of Behavioral Health Police Officer John Long, who is receiving this treatment five days per week for two months.

    “The process was simpler than I thought,” said Long. “It takes just ten to twelve minutes and they have explained everything to me, really taken the time to explain the process.  I came here because my first impression was good and I haven’t been disappointed.”

    Already, MSMHC has expanded its cancer treatment services to include a robust Cancer Committee, which meets throughout the year to discuss the latest innovations in cancer patient care.  It also has a weekly tumor board meeting where a team of physicians in different disciplines meet to confer on cases.  In addition, the hospital’s roster of cancer treatment physicians, which includes Andrew Satinsky, MD, and Breast Surgeon Ekaterina Tsiapali, MD, recently expanded to add Hematologist-Oncologist Eric Rubenstein, MD.

    “The acquisition of the Halcyon™ machine is another step toward offering the most state-of-the-art medicine and creating the new cancer treatment center we are building at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center,” said MSMHC President Christine Wray.

    This fall, MSMHC plans to open its cancer treatment center. This center will serve as a connector between all disciplines involved in cancer treatment, from the patient to radiation oncologists, nursing, social workers, surgeons, specialists and primary care doctors, allowing the team to tailor care to the individual patient’s needs while collaborating with all care providers, and taking an approach that involves cooperation between everyone involved in a patient’s treatment. The second advantage of this center will be to offer state-of-the-art care close to the residents of southern Maryland.

    “The key is to let patients stay near home, in their community, not have to struggle to get to a reputable cancer center.  We know there are physical limitations associated with a cancer diagnosis and the ideal place to heal is at home under the careful watch of family, friends and community,” said Dr. Rubenstein.

    For more information about cancer treatment at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, please visit MedStarSouthernMaryland.org/CancerTreatment.

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    About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 176 bed acute care hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland area. The hospital is focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved through a spirit of patient centered services that connect us to the community we serve.

    For more information, visit MedStarSouthernMaryland.org.

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  • May 10, 2019

    Revolutionary Lung Valve is First FDA-Approved Breathing Aid Without Major Surgery

    BALTIMORE— The Angelos Center for Lung Disease at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center has become the first medical facility in the state to offer endoscopic lung volume reduction (ELVR), using a new FDA-approved lung valve that is positioned in damaged lung airways without surgery, and allows patients with severe emphysema to breathe easier.

    Sy A. Sarkar, MD, FCCP, FACP, DAABIP, board certified in interventional pulmonology, is currently screening patients at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease on the hospital campus, to see if  the breakthrough medical device is right for them. “There is no surgery involved,” he said. “Using a bronchoscope, we place valves, into a lobe of the lung under anesthesia.” 

    More than 3.5 million Americans suffer from emphysema, a severe, progressive form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, (COPD). In emphysema, a breakdown of small air sacs in the lungs, known as aveoli, cause air to become trapped in the diseased portions of the lungs each time the patient inhales. The lungs hyperinflate and healthier lung tissue is compressed, causing patients to feel as though they are suffocating. Normal activities like walking, eating or bathing are challenging.

    Once in position, the implanted valves will occlude any further airflow into the diseased portion of the lung and allow air trapped to be exhaled out of the patient, thereby reducing the volume in the overinflated area. The remaining lobes are then able to fully expand and work more efficiently, improving overall lung function. Patients who received the treatment experienced an increased exercise capacity. They can walk further, experience less shortness of breath and enjoy a better quality of life.

    “This approach represents a major advancement in treating patients who have been living very compromised lives, most for a long time, and we’re doing it without surgery,” Dr. Sarkar said. “There’s no cure for emphysema and once medical therapy has achieved maximum medical benefit, the remaining current treatment options have been invasive lung surgery. This is revolutionary alternative to achieve lung volume reduction using a minimally invasive approach. It’s life changing, and I’m very excited that here at the Angelos Center, we can offer it to the patients who qualify.”

    Those interested in the minimally invasive treatment option can schedule a screening at the Angelos Center for Lung Disease by calling:  443-777-2467.

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    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 medstarfranklin.org for more information.

  • May 07, 2019
    MedStar Washington Hospital Center Patients Will Benefit from Increased Access to the Nation’s Leading Experts and Research
  • May 01, 2019
    This March, the 2019 MedStar Health Emergency Department Innovation Challenge invited MedStar associates whose main job responsibilities focus on the ED—including nurses, physicians, advanced practice clinicians, techs, security, social workers, and any others—to submit ideas individually or in teams of up to five people that could change their ED shift. 
  • April 29, 2019

    Washington, D.C.,– Thanks to an inspiring multimillion-dollar philanthropic investment from the Bernstein Family, which includes Wilma and Stuart Bernstein, Richard Bernstein, Tracy and Adam Bernstein, and Lisa and Josh Bernstein and the Diane and Norman Bernstein Foundation, as well as Nancy and Marc Duber, who is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Bernstein Companies real estate firm, the Medical/Surgical Pavilion at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital will be home to the Bernstein Family Patient Care Floor for Neuroscience Excellence.

     

    Currently under construction, the facility’s design puts patient care and comfort at the forefront while promoting the very latest best practices in neurological care. Incorporating the most advanced medical technologies, the floor will be home to 52 patient beds in tranquil patient rooms, and both intensive care and intermediate care units.

    “We are so very grateful to the Bernstein family for their generous gift, which will make a real and lasting impact for our patients and caregivers helping us to bring the world class care we deliver to a new world class, state-of-the-art facility,” says Michael C. Sachtleben, president of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and a senior vice president for MedStar Health.

    For former U.S. Ambassador Stuart Bernstein and Mrs. Bernstein, this partnership was motivated by gratitude for their personal experiences with two leading clinicians at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. “At the Department of Neurology, my family experienced true excellence in care,” says Ambassador Bernstein. “Our philanthropic investment is intended to promote the life-changing work that MedStar Georgetown clinicians perform each day—and in doing so, to support the health and well-being of our community.”

    As business and property owners in Georgetown, the Bernstein Family is especially excited to have the Hospital’s new Medical/Surgical Pavilion in their neighborhood. It will represent a new standard in how patients receive their care by offering private patient rooms, state-of-the-art operating rooms, a beautiful new green space to enhance the patient experience and compliment the healing environment, and a brand-new Emergency Department which will double in size and provide a more accessible, efficient and welcoming community resource for Georgetown residents and businesses.

    One of the visionary partners, Mr. Duber, member of the board of directors and chair of the Philanthropy Committee at MedStar Health, along with his wife Nancy Duber, hope that this philanthropic investment will inspire others to partner with MedStar Georgetown. “The Medical/ Surgical Pavilion is an opportunity to support MedStar Georgetown at a pivotal moment in its long history,” says Marc Duber. “From growing our local health resources to facilitating broad-reaching research breakthroughs, this expansion is a cause worth cheering.”

    To see more, including architectural renderings of the new pavilion, please visit MedStarGeorgetown.org/NewBuilding.

  • April 19, 2019

    BALTIMORE — Nine Baltimore organizations, seven candid people, and four expert panelists with one common goal will bring mental health issues Out of Stigma’s Shadow, in a public forum as part of the Stoop Storytelling series, May 21st at 7 p.m., at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

    In partnership with MedStar Health, the Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Magazine, Behavioral Health Systems of Baltimore, Catholic Charities, Jewish Community Services, Maryland Faith Health Network, and National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) of Metro Baltimore, and Stoop Storytelling, the free event will feature seven individuals sharing their personal stories of struggle and challenges from living with mental health conditions, followed by a panel of four high profile mental health experts, who will provide insight, counsel, and mental health tips. The panel will be moderated by WYPR radio On the Record host, Sheilah Kast. Baltimore City Health Commissioner, Letitia Dzirasa, M.D., will deliver opening remarks.

    “Speaking openly about the issues is the first step to overcoming the stigma associated with mental health disease,” said Renz Juaneza, M.D., a psychiatrist with MedStar Health. “Until then, a burden of shame, blame and injustices will continue to be obstacles in getting appropriate resources and help.”

    “Many in our communities suffer daily with issues of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and other mental health disorders,” said Joan Grayson Cohen, Esq., LCSW-C, executive director for Jewish Community Services. “Out of Stigma’s Shadow is a unique opportunity to educate, raise awareness and reduce the barriers to seeking treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders. Jewish Community Services is pleased and proud to partner with so many diverse experts.”

    Panelists:

    • Renz Juaneza, M.D. Psychiatry, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
    • Stacey Meadows, LCSW-C, Manager, Child & Family Therapy, Jewish Community Services
    • Kay Jamison, M.A., Ph.D. Co-Director, Mood Disorders Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine; author, “An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness”
    • Bishop Kevin Daniels, Ph.D, DMin, LGSW, St. Martin’s Church

    For more information and to reserve your seat, visit https://bit.do/OOSS or call 410-843-7547.

    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.