Medical Staff Updates

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

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.

Long-term mortality after screening for colorectal cancer; Long-term colorectal-cancer incidence and mortality after lower endoscopy; and accompanying editorial “Colorectal-cancer screeing – coming of age”

by jmiller on September 19, 2013

(NEJM, Sept 19)   In summary, both colonscopy and fecal occult-blood testing are effective for colorectal-cancer screening, and these new studies support current screening guidelines.  Click here to read full-text

Donate old clothes and home goods to AAMC

by Medical Staff Office on September 19, 2013

For more than 60 years, AAMC’s Clothes Box consignment store has served our community. The Clothes Box is happy to accept your gently used clothes, accessories, jewelry, shoes, household items, books, and furniture. You will receive a tax receipt upon request. Located on the first floor of the Sajak Pavilion, donate your items any time the shop is open:  Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 5pm; Tuesdays 10am to 4pm; Wednesdays and Fridays 9am to 4pm; and Saturdays 10am to 1pm. For special arrangements or if you have questions, contact Maura Kohlhafer, Clothes Box manager, at 443-481-5071.

The Impact of Payment Reform, Health System Reform, and Technology on Maryland Physicians and Patients

by Medical Staff Office on September 18, 2013

You are invited to join Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Office Administrator Council (OAC) for a special program.

The Impact of Payment Reform, Health System Reform, and Technology on Maryland Physicians and Patients.

 Presented by: Gene Ransom, III, CEO of MedChi

 When:  Wednesday, October 9, 2013
             11:30am Lunch and Networking
             11:45am-12:45pm Lecture
 Where: AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion
              7th Floor, Doordan Institute
              2000 Medical Parkway
              Annapolis, Md. 21401

Whether you own a private practice or an employed physician, you will want to attend and discover how healthcare reform will affect our healthcare landscape. Change is on the horizon. Learn about those changes and what they mean for you and your patients in this free seminar.

After this seminar you will be able to answer:

  • What is happening to the Medicare waiver?
  • How can you best position yourself in this evolving health care landscape? 
  • What about bundled payments?

Please preregister at



Move Over ICD-9, Make Room for ICD-10

by Medical Staff Office on August 30, 2013

On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). (Please note the change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services.)

AAMC’s Alec team is preparing Alec to receive the ICD-10 codeset. The database changes go into effect Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Why is this change happening now? The Alec database structure must change to receive the ICD-10 codes while keeping the ICD-9 codes and cross reference the two. Our imported content will contain ICD-10 codes beginning with the October content release.

How will this affect the medical staff? There are several places within Alec where you document a diagnosis: Problem List, Medical History, Visit Diagnosis, Order Entry Diagnosis Association to name a few. Today you can search for a new code by numeric code or by terminology and are presented with a list of choices linked to the correct ICD9 code. Preferred search method moving forward is by terminology thereby guaranteeing you will find the coded diagnosis you are looking for.

Find a tip sheet here.

AAMC is working with our vendor partners to ensure Alec is fully compliant. If your practice does not use Alec, ask your EMR vendor what they are doing to support the ICD-10 transition.

Look for ongoing updates and education over the next several months leading up to the October 1, 2014 go-live. Questions? Contact David Mooradian, MD, chief medical content officer, at

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