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What Makes MedStar Union Memorial Unique

National Best Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial ranks among U.S.News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" for the seventh straight year. Overall, MedStar Union Memorial is named among the nation's top 50 hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery (No. 46) and orthopaedics (No. 48), and also received high-performing scores in eight specialty areas: Diabetes and Endocrinology, Ear Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology and Urology.

Complementing the national rankings are U.S.News metro rankings in which MedStar Union Memorial appears fourth out of 20 hospitals for the Baltimore area. MUMH is the only Maryland community teaching hospital to be top four for last two years. The 23rd annual rankings cover 16 specialties from cancer to urology. Of the 5,000 hospitals surveyed, MedStar Union Memorial is one of only 148 hospitals to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties.


Our hospital has a rich history and continues to serve an important role in the surrounding community and the region. Founded in 1854 as the Union Protestant Infirmary, our hospital was only the 2nd in Maryland after the University of Maryland was chartered in 1807. Over the years, the hospital moved twice and has been in the current location since 1923.

One of our more famous inpatients was Al Capone who was treated at MedStar Union Memorial in 1940 for syphilis. He stayed in the hospital for 6 weeks and had a large private staff that attended to his every need. After discharge, he was so pleased with his care that he donated 2 weeping cherry trees, one of which still stands outside of our medical library today!

Many of the physicians and staff at MedStar Union Memorial are interested in and happy to talk about the hospital's history.Neighborhood

Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, each few blocks with its own personality and unique, rich history. MedStar Union Memorial is located in the Oakenshawe neighborhood known for its tree-lined, charming, urban feel with all the benefits of city living - walking distance to stores, restaurants, and public transportation.

Oakenshawe is an example of an early 20th century Streetcar Suburb. The name Oakenshawe derives from Henry Wilson's estate, once located in this area. Built between 1916 and 1925 to coordinated designs by brother architects Flournoy and Flournoy, 337 houses were laid out in the manner of the English garden suburbs in "terraces" which employ the design of each dwelling to make larger symmetrical groupings. Georgian Revival building materials were used: red brick, gray slate roofs, wood sash and casement windows. The original advertisement proclaimed that no two houses were exactly alike.

If you walk a few blocks east from the hospital, you will find yourself in the Waverly neighborhood, standing before a true gem, the 32nd St. Farmers Market. Founded in 1980, the Market is a non-profit organization offering baked goods, produce, fruit, prepared foods, and flowers to patrons from all economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds. This market is open year-round on Saturday mornings from 7am - 12pm and is truly an experience. Not only does the market serve as a community gathering space, their mission says it all: "Our Market mission is to provide a vehicle for independent vendors to survive large agribusiness competition, while making available a variety of produce, meat, bread, and plant selections to an underserved city community."

If you walk a few blocks west of the hospital, you can't miss another special part of our community, the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. Homewood is the main undergraduate campus for the university and is like a haven in the north Baltimore neighborhood of Charles Village. It's a peaceful place of green grass, wide-spreading trees, brick residence halls and classroom buildings, and interconnecting walkways that combine to create a comfortable country atmosphere in the heart of a major city.

Adjacent to the campus is the Baltimore Museum of Art and their beautiful (free) sculpture garden which is another favorite place for a break from the intensity of the hospital setting.

Just a few blocks north is yet another interesting neighborhood, Guilford. Guilford was planned by the Olmsted firm and developed by the Roland Park Company in the early 1900's. It has stunningly beautiful architecture, community parks, streets lined with mature trees and the world-famous Sherwood Gardens. Guilford is designated a National Register Historic District. There are about 800 single-family homes in Guilford that range from cottages to stately mansions. Guilford is an excellent place to take a morning walk or jog before work and is certainly a destination in spring to view the more than 80,000 tulips that grace Sherwood Gardens.


At MedStar Union Memorial, there are plenty of opportunities to get away from the hospital setting and have a good time! Residency training can be intense and we certainly know the importance of rest and relaxation and how important it is to get to know your colleagues outside of work.

In addition to other spontaneous gatherings that residents arrange throughout the year, there are four annual social events that mark our calendars.

Dr. Ferguson's Barbeque

A great way to send off our departing seniors and welcome the new class in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Highlights include Andy Nelson's Barbeque and Diane Ferguson's amazing brownies!

Dr. Cheikh's Christmas Party

Clearly a long-standing and very special tradition at our hospital. Dr. Cheikh, the father of the endocrinology department at MedStar Union Memorial, generously opens his home and welcomes much of the Baltimore medical community to celebrate the holidays in traditional Syrian style. This is a chance for us to get dressed up and mingle while we enjoy delicious homemade food in the Cheikh's beautiful home.


Definitely a formal affair, graduating residents and their guests are invited to the faculty party at the Valley Mansion in Baltimore County. This is a wonderful chance for residents to enjoy time with their favorite attending and celebrate the holiday season. The evening is complete with excellent food, lots of pictures and dancing the night away!


Our graduation is a formal event, and very meaningful to our faculty and residents alike. We spend the evening at the Center Club in downtown Baltimore congratulating and commemorating our graduating preliminary and categorical residents. Each graduate's family is invited to attend to celebrate this amazing accomplishment and send them off in style!

MedStar Union Memorial Graduation Photos