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
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 attending
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
Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, each few blocks with its
own personality and unique, rich history. MedStar Union Memorial
is located is 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 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!
Memorial Graduation Photos