Medical Staff Updates

Drs. Park and Belyansky to Lead Advanced Hernia Surgical Symposium

by Medical Staff Office on August 30, 2013

Adrian Park, MD, chair of surgery, and Igor Belyansky, MD, will lead a surgical symposium on hernia repair and soft tissue repair techniques on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, in the Doordan Institute and Earl SAIL Center in the Health Sciences Pavilion.

Dr. Doyle Is 2013 Surgical Fellow

by Medical Staff Office on August 30, 2013

The Department of Surgery welcomes Courtney Doyle, MD, as its 2013 surgical fellow. Under the supervision of Adrian Park, MD, chair of surgery, Dr. Doyle will work with various AAMC surgeons focusing on minimally invasive surgery, bariatric and weight loss surgery, and digestive health disorders. Dr. Doyle graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 2006 and completed her surgical residency earlier this year.

Overuse of health care services: when less is more…more or less

by jmiller on August 9, 2013

This Jama Internal Medicine “viewpoint (July 22nd) delves into three scenarios in “Choosing Wisely” recommendations as to what constitutes “overuse”:  “do not repeat colorectal cancer screening for 10 years after a high quality colonoscopy is negative in average risk indificuals;  “don’t use DEXA screening for osteoporosis in women youger than 65 or men younger than 70 with no risk factors”; and “dont init.  The article suggests three concepts to aid in decision making: benefit-harm tradeoff; benefit-cost tradeoff; and consideration of patient preference.  Click here to read full-text.

Providing Young Athletes with Sports Physicals

by Medical Staff Office on August 2, 2013

On July 20, Othropaedic and Sports Medicine Center completed nearly 120 sports physicals during an event designed to prepare local high school athletes for the upcoming school year. The day included physical examinations, concussion baseline testing by AAMC Outpatient Rehabilitation, and functional screenings which help determine a patients, range of motion and muscle strength and overall flexibility. Thanks to the following Medical Staff members who participated: Pat Czapp, MD; Deon Edgerson-George, MD; Gillian Lowe, MD; Stephanie Martin, MD; Sarah Jamieson, MD; Marc F. Brassard, MD; Jeffrey Gelfand, MD; Cyrus J. Lashgari, MD; James H. MacDonald, MD; Chad M. Patton, MD; and Daniel E. Redziniak, MD.

Welcoming New Medical Staff

by Medical Staff Office on July 26, 2013

ASCO Special Article: Use of pharmacologic interventions for breast cancer risk reduction: ASCO practice guideline

by jmiller on July 15, 2013

This early release article (JCO early release) includes the specific risks and benefits associated with each chemopreventive agent.  In women at increased risk of BC age >35 years, tamoxifen (20 mg per day for 5 years) should be discussed as an option to reduce the risk of ER – positive BC.  In postmenopausal women, raloxifene (60 mg per day for 5 years) should also be discussed as options for BC risk reduction.   These guideline recommendations are for use by medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, gynecologists, primary care physicians, and general practitioners.  Click here to read full-text.

Locum psychiatrist coverage now available

by Medical Staff Office on July 9, 2013

Effective Monday, July 1, Dr. Khalid Ahmed will be available for Inpatient and Emergency Department psychiatric consultation.

Dr. Ahmed has extensive experience in the acute management of adult and pediatric psychiatric patients. For the last year, he has worked at Dorchester General and Adventist Behavioral Health. Dr. Ahmed completed his residency in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and his residency in general psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He is ABPN certified with a subspecialty in child & adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Ahmed will be available from 8am until 4pm five (5) days each week to include a rotation to the weekends. Beginning on Monday, he can be reached via phone at extension 3767 or by placing a clinical consultation request for psychiatry in EPIC. For days that he is not on campus, Behavioral Health Clinicians will continue to be available to address immediate patient needs.

AAMC receives Delmarva Foundation 2013 Quality Excellence Award

by Medical Staff Office on July 9, 2013

AAMC has been awarded the Quality Excellence Award from the Delmarva Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit health care quality improvement organization. AAMC was one of 16 hospitals statewide to receive the prestigious award. This is the first time AAMC has earned the award.

“Delmarva is proud to recognize Anne Arundel Medical Center as a recipient of the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award for Quality Improvement,” said Columbus Giles, MD, Delmarva Foundation’s chief medical officer. “Recipients of this award possess a strong commitment to excellence and to improving the quality of care for their patients. We commend their achievements and look forward to continuing our collaboration with them to improve the health of Maryland’s Medicare beneficiaries.”

The award honors individual hospitals that excel in patient safety and quality improvement. To receive the Delmarva Foundation Excellence Award, the hospital must meet specific performance improvement criteria on 14 measures in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, surgical care improvement, and pneumonia.

“This excellence award directly reflects the quality of care delivered to patients as we continue to set higher standards for delivering expert care,” says Shirley Knelly, AAMC’s vice president of quality and patient safety.

For more information about the Delmarva Foundation award, visit

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