News and Updates

New Hours for Hospital Pavilion North Lab Draw

by Medical Staff Office on October 10, 2013

The lab, located on the first floor of Hospital Pavilion North, is now open during the following times:

  •  Monday through Friday, 7am-noon
  • Saturday and holidays, 7am-noon
  • Sunday, 7am-noon (infant bilirubin testing only)

For Sunday draws, please have parents park in Garage A and come to the Pediatric ED with their infants and lab testing orders. Questions? Contact the lab at x4200.

Welcome New Medical Staff

by Medical Staff Office on October 10, 2013

AAMC welcomes the following new medical staff members:

Amy Abdallah, M.D.
Anesthesia Company, LLC

Melinda Afzal, D.O.
Women’s Center for Pelvic Health

Nadia Ansari, M.D.
Arundel Pediatrics

Claudia Arumala, M.D.
AAMC Community Health Clinics

Jennifer Cuhran, M.D.
Annapolis Internal Medicine

Connie Dent, P.A.-C.
Maryland Inpatient Care Specialists, LLC

Teresa Diaz-Montes, M.D.
The Gynecologic Oncology Collaborative

Rita Ganesan, M.D.
Annapolis Internal Medicine

Jeffrey Hirata, M.D.
Annapolis Radiology Associates

Justin Hoover, M.D.
Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center

David Hunter, M.D.
Virtual Radiologic Professionals

Morgan Kimberly, P.A.-C.
Anne Arundel Orthopaedic Surgeons, P.A.

Krystina Mints, C.R.N.P.
The Pediatric Group

Angela Moss, D.D.S.
Private Practice

Naeem Newman, M.D.
Annapolis Surgical Oncology Associates

Daniel Paluchowski, M.D.
Doctor’s Emergency Service, P.A.

Comfort Panda, C.R.N.P.
Chesapeake Palliative Medicine

Troy Pittman, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Hospital – Dept of Plastic Surgery

Showieb Shuja, M.D.
Chesapeake Women’s Care

Benjamin Solomon, M.D.
Annapolis Ob/Gyn

Justine Somoza, M.D.
Chesapeake Women’s Care

Young Song, M.D.
Virtual Radiologic Professionals

Jonathan Walter, M.D.
Virtual Radiologic Professionals

David Wu, M.D.
Chesapeake Palliative Medicine

Sarah Wyhs, M.D.
Anesthesia Company, LLC

Michele Young, P.A-C.
Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgical Residency Physician Assistant Program

ABIM Foundation leader brings “Choosing Wisely” message to AAMC

by Medical Staff Office on October 10, 2013

By now, I suspect that you’ve caught on from your national societies that the initiative called Choosing Wisely is here to stay. We have been highlighting the program as well. Recently we welcomed Daniel Wolfson, MHSA, a leader from the ABIM Foundation, to the AAMC Board Committee on Quality and Patient Safety. He walked us through the evolution of the movement and its primary goals related to physician leadership and professionalism. Wolfson is a masterful communicator and blogger. Click here to check out his past blogs, including a recent entry about Atul Gawande’s article in the New Yorker.

I invite you to comment here about your thoughts related to Choosing Wisely.

Seminar: Reputation Management and Social Media Evolution for Medical Practices

by Medical Staff Office on October 10, 2013

SEMINAR: Reputation Management and Social Media Evolution for Medical Practices: Reactive, Proactive and Legal Implications
Educate and empower yourself to promote health education, health literacy and healthcare delivery and protect your online reputation. Free event by Maryland Physician. Register here or call Jackie Kinsella at 443.837.6948. Register today to win a free 16GB iPod Touch.

Countdown to ICD-10

by Medical Staff Office on October 10, 2013

AAMC is working to transition to ICD-10 inpatient diagnosis and procedure codes in Alec, our electronic medical record. Find an overview here.

Breast Center Lecture Series

by Medical Staff Office on October 4, 2013

Breast Imaging Part I: Wednesday, October 2, noon, Doordan Institute, 7th floor, Health Sciences Pavilion, Classroom 2
Breast Imaging Part II: Tuesday, October 15, noon, Doordan Institute, 7th floor, Health Sciences Pavilion, Classroom 2
Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Part I: Monday, October 28, 5pm, Donner Pavilion, 1st floor Conference Room
Breast Cancer Rehab, Pre- and Post-Op: Wednesday, November 6, noon, 2nd floor, Health Sciences Pavilion, Breast Center Conference Room
Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Part II: Monday, November 11, 5pm, Donner Pavilion, 1st floor Conference Room
Pre-op Prep of Breast Surgery Patients and Concierge Services for the Breast Surgical Patient: Tuesday, December 10, 7am, 2nd floor, Hospital Pavilion South, Surgical Services Conference Room

Simulation and educational opportunities at the Earl SAIL Center

by Medical Staff Office on September 19, 2013

The James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning Center (SAIL), is a world-class medical simulation and training facility in the Health Sciences Pavilion at AAMC. The Center serves not only the medical profession but also provides tours and educational opportunities for area school children, the community, patients, families, and organizations dedicated to healthcare improvement and patient safety. Here are a few upcoming events at the Earl SAIL Center:

  • Orthopedics Cadaver Lab: September 24
  • OB/GYN Simulation Training: September 26
  • Patient Care Technician Education: September 27
  • Women’s Conference and Tour: October 16
  • GYN Pelvic Floor Reconstruction Cadaver Lab: November 1
  • Breast Surgery Lab: November 1
  • Biomedical and Allied Health Students from Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Glen Burnie High School Tours: November 15 and December 12

What kinds of simulation and learning opportunities can the Earl SAIL Center offer you and your team? Contact Ann Casamento, RN, simulation coordinator, at x4880 or

Dr. Davies appointed by governor to lead Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Commission

by Medical Staff Office on September 19, 2013

Medical staff member Paul W. Davies, MD, was sworn in on September 18 as Maryland’s first Chairman of the Medical Marijuana Commission.  This marks a historic development in Maryland’s journey toward legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Gov. Martin O’Malley named 11 people, including health professionals, lawyers, a police chief, and a prosecutor to a commission to oversee Maryland’s new law legalizing marijuana use for medical reasons.

The law limits distribution of cannabis to a small number of academic medical centers. The commission has the authority to permit the centers to design and implement programs that make marijuana available to defined groups of patients. The marijuana commission is scheduled to have its first meeting in Baltimore on September 24.

Dr. Davies is the founder and CEO of Kure Pain Management, is board-certified in both anesthesia and pain management. Dr. Davies was a post-doctoral fellow in pain management at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Manchester, England.  He has trained at the University of Pittsburgh, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore.

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