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Meet Our Lung Cancer Team

Some of the top experts in the nation are here—focused on you. Together, we can place even greater attention on access to care, communication, innovation, technology, the assurance of safe care, clinical outcomes, research, and patient satisfaction.

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Location Information

MedStar Bel Air Medical Campus
12 MedStar Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases
9103 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Harbor Hospital
3001 South Hanover St.
Baltimore, MD 21225 

 

Patient Navigation

 image of Clara Yoder, BSN, RN, CCRN, is the lung nurse navigator for MedStar Health Cancer Network.

Clara Yoder, BSN, RN, CCRN, is the lung nurse navigator for MedStar Health Cancer Network. In this role, she assists patients in accessing the clinical resources they need whether it be making office appointments, arranging for imaging studies, or scheduling surgery, and is a primary point of contact for patients having questions about their plan of care. If you have a suspicious lung nodule or need a second opinion, call our nurse navigator at 443-777-2467.

 

 

Thoracic Surgery

image of Ziv Gamliel, MD, is chief of Thoracic Surgery at The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital.

Ziv Gamliel, MD, is chief of Thoracic Surgery at The Angelos Center for Lung Diseases at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Harbor Hospital. Dr. Gamliel attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, where he received his medical degree, and completed his internship in Surgery and residency in General Surgery. Dr. Gamliel then completed two more fellowships, one in Lung Transplantation and the other in Thoracic Surgery at University of Toronto. He has also completed a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gamliel specializes in non-cardiac surgery of the chest, treating conditions that include lung cancer, bullous lung disease, esophageal cancer, benign esophageal disorders, mediastinal tumors and tumors of the chest wall. He has extensive experience performing minimally invasive procedures. Ziv Gamliel, MD, FACS, named 2015 "Top Docs" by Baltimore Magazine for Thoracic Surgery.

image of John F. Lazar, MD, is a board-certified thoracic surgeon, director of Thoracic Robotics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and an assistant professor of thoracic surgery at Georgetown University.

John F. Lazar, MD, is a board-certified thoracic surgeon, director of Thoracic Robotics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and an assistant professor of thoracic surgery at Georgetown University. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Society of Robotic Surgery and serves on the executive board of both the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society and the American Lung Association. Dr. Lazar uses laparoscopic, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), robotic and open surgical techniques for the treatment of thoracic conditions.  Dr. Lazar treats patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

 

 

Pulmonology

image of Francois J. Gregoire, MD, specializes in pulmonary disease   and critical care medicine at MedStar Harbor Hospital.

Francois J. Gregoire, MD, specializes in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at MedStar Harbor Hospital. Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, his clinical interests include interventional pulmonary medicine with a focus on advanced diagnostic tools such as endobronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy. Dr. Gregoire is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology.

 

 

Interventional Pulmonology

image of William Krimsky, MD, is director of the Center for Interventional   Pulmonology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

William Krimsky, MD, is director of the Center for Interventional Pulmonology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care medicine with specialty certification in interventional pulmonology, Dr. Krimsky has written more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts on topics related to his areas of expertise.

Dr. Krimsky is an active member of several professional societies including the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Thoracic Society. During the course of his career, he has been invited to present at more than 50 gatherings of these and other medical groups. In addition to his work here in the U.S., Dr. Krimsky has travelled to China on four occasions to teach and proctor Chinese physicians in navigational bronchoscopy.

image of Syd A. Sarkar, FCCP, is the director of Interventional Pulmonology   at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

Syd A. Sarkar, FCCP, is the director of Interventional Pulmonology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. He is board certified in interventional pulmonology, critical care medicine and pulmonary medicine and has written more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts on topics related to these areas of expertise. He was recently recognized by the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) as a 2019 Distinguished CHEST Educator and the first in the state to implant a new FDA-approved lung valve in a patient with severe emphysema.

 

Medical Oncology

image of Kevin Chen, MD,

Kevin Chen, MD, received his medical degree from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and did his residency, serving as chief resident in his last year, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He recently completed a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Chen's clinical interests include genitouring malignancies, thoracic malignancies and hematology. Dr. Chen practices at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

 image of Lois Kamugisha, MD, is a medical oncologist board certified in hematology and medical oncology, as well as internal medicine. Dr. Kamugisha practices at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

Lois Kamugisha, MD, is a medical oncologist board certified in hematology and medical oncology, as well as internal medicine. Dr. Kamugisha is experienced in treating a broad range of cancers. She is the clinical research coordinator for medical oncology at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. As a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Medical Association, Dr. Kamugisha strongly believes in the importance of using her medical expertise to help others and has volunteered with organizations such as MedShare International and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Kamugisha practices at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

image of Shweta Kurian, MD, is a medical oncologist, board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. Fellowship trained. Dr. Kurian sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

Shweta Kurian, MD, is a medical oncologist, board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology. Fellowship trained, Dr. Kurian’s clinical interests include colon and gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancer, lymphoma,thrombosis, and lung cancer. A member of professional organizations that include the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology, Dr. Kurian also serves as a reviewer for several prestigious medical journals. She is proficient in Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi and Gujarati. Dr. Kurian sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

 image of Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, is medical director of the Cancer Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

Mahsa Mohebtash, MD, is medical director of the Cancer Center at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Fellowship-trained in medical oncology and hematology at the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, she is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. Dr. Mohebtash has extensive experience treating all types of cancer particularly breast, lung and colorectal cancer. Her clinical interests include cancer immunotherapy and cancer vaccine research and she runs a variety of clinical trials for several tumor types.  . She serves on the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center Clinical Research Committee which oversees MedStar Health's oncology research program.

image of Charles A. Padgett, MD, serves as chief of medical oncology at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

Charles A. Padgett, MD, serves as chief of medical oncology at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Board certified in oncology and internal medicine, Dr. Padgett is fellowship-trained with more than 30 years of experience treating all types of cancer. Dedicated to the care of patients throughout their cancer journey, Dr. Padgett was instrumental in the development of the hospital's new Cancer Fatigue Program, which helps those struggling with this common side effect. Dr. Padgett is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Maryland Society of Oncology.

image of Suman B. Rao, MD, is a medical oncologist board certified in hematology and medical oncology as well as internal medicine. Dr. Rao practices at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

Suman B. Rao, MD, is a medical oncologist board certified in hematology and medical oncology as well as internal medicine. She is the director of Thoracic Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Fellowship-trained, Dr. Rao is experienced in treating a wide range of cancers. Her clinical interests including lung cancer and breast diseases. A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Rao is a strong proponent of clinical trials and encourages eligible patients to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in such trials at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. Dr. Rao is fluent in Hindi as well as English. She was the PI for the study for Keytruda that included patients around the world. She co-authored the New England Journal of Medicine study which resulted in Keytruda being approved for the first line of lung cancer. Dr. Rao practices at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

 

 

Radiation Oncology

 

image of David J. Perry, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist, is chief of Radiation Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and medical director of the hospital's CyberKnife program.

David J. Perry, MD, a board-certified radiation oncologist, is chief of Radiation Oncology at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and medical director of the hospital's CyberKnife program. Dr. Perry is one of a just a handful of physicians in the region certified in the use of CyberKnife, a state-of-the-art technology that makes is possible to treat inoperable or surgically difficult tumors safely and painlessly without an incision. He also has extensive clinical training in the use of brachytherapy and Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) to treat cancer and noncancerous tumors. He specializes in the treatment of gynecologic, prostate, lung, head and neck, genitourinary and gastrointestinal cancers as well as sarcomas. Dr. Perry sees patients at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus.

 image of Paul B. Fowler, MD is a board-certified radiation oncologist and chief of Radiation Oncology at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.

Paul B. Fowler, MD is a board-certified radiation oncologist and chief of Radiation Oncology at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. He specializes in the treatment of a wide range of cancers, including breast cancer. Dr. Fowler also serves as physician planner for the hospital's Tumor Board and is also an investigator with several clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. A member of professional organizations that include the American College of Radiation Oncology, the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, Dr. Fowler has been recognized as one of the region's Top Doctors by Baltimore magazine on numerous occasions.  

image of Kamila Nowak Choi, MD

 

Kamila Nowak Choi, MD comes is from Philadelphia where she did her medical training at Thomas Jefferson University and completed her residency in radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University’s Bodine Center for Radiation Therapy. She has been trained in CyberKnife Radiosurgery and brachytherapy. She is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American Society for Clinical Oncology. She participates in clinical trials and is presently a co-investigator looking at the use of Telehealth in radiation oncology.

image of Kelly Orwat, MD 

 

Kelly Orwat, MD received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina where she also completed her residency in radiation oncology. She is a member of the American Society of Radiation Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She also has experience in the use of stereotactic radiosurgery and brachytherapy.

 

 

 

Radiology

image of Jennifer Flaim, DO is a diagnostic radiologist

Jennifer Flaim, DO is a diagnostic radiologist specializing in diseases of the breast. Dr Flaim is board certified in diagnostic radiology with fellowship training in breast imaging. Dr Flaim’s principal areas of interest are screening and diagnostic mammography including Tomosynthesis (3D mammography), breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and interventional procedures of the breast. Dr Flaim is a Baltimore native. She completed her residency training at Kettering Hospital followed by a fellowship in breast imaging at the University of Maryland.

 image of Michelle Townsend-Watts, MD chief of breast imaging for MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Townsend

Michelle Townsend-Watts, MD chief of breast imaging for MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Townsend-Watts received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans, LA in 2001. She completed her preliminary year of internal medicine as well as her diagnostic radiology residency training program at the Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport Connecticut. Upon completion of residency training, Dr. Townsend-Watts became a fellow at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center specializing in breast and body imaging. Following her fellowship Dr. Townsend-Watts joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where she became the director of breast imaging from 2008-2011. Dr. Townsend-Watts was most recently a clinical assistant professor as a member of the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 2011-2016.

 

Nurse Practitioner

image of Lisa Bearman, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, is a board-certified nurse practitioner. She is specialty-trained in adult-gerontology acute care.

Lisa Bearman, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, is a board-certified nurse practitioner. She is specialty-trained in adult-gerontology acute care, Lisa collaborates with our specialists in caring for patients with a wide range of lung conditions. This includes assessing common and complex health issues, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing treatment plans to address patient needs. She also assists patients in accessing the clinical resources they need, serving as a primary point of contact for patients having questions about their plan of care. Lisa has nearly 20 years of experience in caring for patients in a variety of healthcare settings. She started at MedStar Franklin Square in 2001 and has worked in oncology, neurology, telemetry, and intensive care.