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  2. Carol Ritter, MD

    Director of Women's Minimally Invasive Surgery

    Dr. Ritter is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed her residency at GBMC. She has extensive experience in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and pelvic floor disorders. She created the Minimally Invasive Simulation Center at GBMC which helps train and maintain today's highest levels of laparoscopic surgeons.

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  3. Joseph A. Califano, III, MD, FACS

    Professor, Johns Hopkins University
    Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
    Department of Oncology

    Dr. Califano earned his medical degree from Harvard University, completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is a practicing head and neck surgeon with an interest in salivary gland tumors, cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, sinuses, thyroid, and skull base. He is active investigator who described the initial genetic progression model for head and neck cancer development. He is currently the principal investigator of multiple multi-institutional trials focused on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and premalignant disease of the head and neck. His current laboratory research interests include the molecular biologic basis of head and neck cancer development, with a particular interest in molecular alterations in premalignant lesions, epigenetic regulation, mitochondrial dysregulation, as well as molecular detection and surveillance.

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  4. Ms. Raksin has dedicated more than 20 years of her career to the care and education of breast cancer patients and survivors. As part of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Comprehensive Breast Care Center, she serves as an advocate for many patients and works to further awareness of better breast health. Additionally, Ms. Raksin is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation.

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  5. Sheila K. Riggs Radiation Oncology Center

    The Radiation Oncology Center provides advanced radiation therapy to cancer patients. GBMC offers 3D conformal radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), imaged- guided radiation therapy (IGRT), transperineal prostate implants, a wide array of brachytherapy treatments, stereotactic radiosurgery, and radioimmunotherapy. Through participation in national clinical trials, the department helps identify and bring the most promising therapies and new cancer treatments to our patients as soon as possible. For example, GBMC was the first community hospital in the area and one of few institutions nationwide to offer the sophisticated Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) to oncology patients.

    The Radiation Oncology Center is a statewide model of excellence. Patient care is paramount. All patients are provided with the highest quality of radiotherapeutic care. Board-certified radiation oncologists and a board-certified medical physicist are on staff. Patient satisfaction survey results show that 97% of the patients participating in the survey have had a good to excellent experience. A recent special medical report issue of Baltimore Magazine named each of the radiation oncologists as "Top Doctors". The Top Doctor recognition is a peer-review honor, where fellow physicians name doctors who they would recommend to loved ones.

    Radiation therapy is multidisciplinary. It requires teamwork from a variety of professionals to provide quality care to cancer patients. Our radiation oncology team consists of radiation oncologists, radiation oncology nurses, radiation therapists, medical dosimetrists, medical physicists, medical assistant, secretaries, receptionists, and volunteers. The radiation oncologist is the patient's physician in the department. He or she is board certified with the American Board of Radiology to treat cancer with radiation. The radiation oncologist prescribes the dose of radiation and manages the patient's treatment and/or side of effects. In addition, the radiation oncologist follows the patient's post treatment. Radiation oncology nurses work closely with the radiation oncologist to manage side effects. This includes educating the patient about side effects and the necessary steps to minimize side effects.

    The nurses also make recommendations about diet and skin care. Radiation therapists are health care professionals certified in radiation therapy by the American Registry of Radiologic Technology. Radiation therapists deliver the radiation treatment by operating the linear accelerator. Radiation therapists also participate in the simulation process and aid in the education of patients. Medical dosimetrists are responsible for providing treatment plans that meet and adhere to the radiation oncologist prescription. Medical physicists are responsible for providing clinical physics service and quality assurance.

    Medical assistants work in all aspects of department work, such as clerical, nursing, and radiation therapist duties. Secretaries are responsible for the radiation oncologists' schedules and making sure that the physicians have all necessary records for consultations. The receptionists greet patients daily and schedule follow up appointments.

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The 281-bed medical center (acute and sub-acute care) is located on a beautiful suburban campus and handles more than 26,700 inpatient cases and approximately 60,000 emergency room visits annually. To learn more, please watch our videos or visit us at: or call 443.849.GBMC.

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