MedStar Union Memorial Unveils New Musculoskeletal Simulator

System is One of a Kind in the World

BALTIMORE—MedStar Union Memorial Hospital unveiled this month a custom-built, cutting-edge robotic simulator that replicates musculoskeletal motion, allowing researchers to study the forces on muscles, bones and joints, and improve surgical methods utilized in orthopaedic reconstructive surgery.

The system, which is the only one like it in the world, will help anchor the MedStar Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute, a system-wide research initiative in collaboration with the MedStar Health Research Institute, which has expanded and enhanced existing research efforts in the areas of degenerative, deformity, traumatic, and congenital pathologies of the musculoskeletal system. Bryan W. Cunningham, PhD, a seasoned research leader with more than 30 years experience, was hired earlier this year to lead the institute.

“This device will help us to better understand how certain surgical techniques influence the biomechanics of musculoskeletal motions,” Dr. Cunningham said. “It’s an exciting technological advancement that will help us better understand the dynamics of the musculoskeletal motion and improve upon existing technologies in an effort to enhance the surgical care and quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal pathology. That’s what it’s all about – advancing patient care.”

The musculoskeletal simulator is known as a six-degree-of-freedom simulator, so called because it’s capable of replicating multidirectional motions: forward, backward, up and down, and side to side.

The fundamental application of the technology allows for surgeons to perform surgical reconstructions in a laboratory setting to determine how a specific technique (e.g. spinal fusion) affects motions and forces at the operative site and adjacent levels.

The team at the MedStar Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute will use the device to establish and maintain a premier musculoskeletal research and teaching center, while developing a collaborative worldwide network of research colleagues dedicated to the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

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About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years. As one of the region’s top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Sports Medicine, which includes the oldest hospital based sports medicine program in Maryland (founded in 1979).  In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

About MedStar Orthopaedic Institute

In Central Maryland, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute combines the skill and expertise of more than 80 physicians at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, The Curtis National Hand Center, and more than 20 community locations, giving you convenient access to the area’s top orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine care. Our physicians treat the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit MedStarOrtho.org or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.

About MedStar Health Research Institute

MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI), founded in 1963, is the research division of MedStar Health. MHRI provides scientific, administrative, and regulatory support for clinical research throughout the MedStar Health system. Led by Dr. Neil Weissman, MHRI supports more than 1,000 associates dedicated to advancing health through research.

MHRI’s core services include a biostatistics and epidemiological center, clinical research centers, a research pharmacy, two accredited pre-clinical laboratories, biochemistry and biomarker core laboratories, a core platelet center, a cardiac and vascular pathology center, a genetics/genomics/proteomics research core, a cardiovascular core imaging center, an institutional review board, and an office of research integrity. In the last year, more than 1,000 active studies, involving thousands of patients, resulted in nearly 1,000 peer-reviewed publications. MHRI is in the top 20% of U.S. institutions receiving funds from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, with approximately 60% of its studies being federally funded.

MedStar Union Memorial Improves Cardiac Catheterization Procedure with New Device

Makes Procedure More Comfortable, Even Easier to Recover From

BALTIMORE—(November 5, 2018)—MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, part of the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, has become the first hospital in the state of Maryland to use a cardiac catheterization device that allows for a smaller entry into the artery in the wrist, leading to a faster and more comfortable recovery from the common procedure.

MedStar Union Memorial is one of only four hospitals in the country that currently use the device, which received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in June.

The move cements MedStar Union Memorial Hospital’s status as a regional leader in offering transradial cardiac catheterizations, in which the coronary system is accessed through the radial artery in the wrist. The approach is considered the most advanced, but has been slow to be adopted elsewhere because of the additional training surgeons must undergo.

“The bottom line is that with this new device, cardiac catheterization patients will recover even more quickly and be able to go home and relax,” said Dr. John Wang, chief of the cardiac catheterization lab. “We are proud to lead the region in transradial catheterizations that are now done with the most advanced techniques available.”

The new device eliminates the need for a sheath to help guide the catheter into the radial artery, resulting in an access hole in the artery that is 20 percent smaller. Patients will be able to recover and go home even sooner. So far, surgeons at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital have performed several dozen procedures with the new device.

In 2010, Dr. Wang became the first physician in the state to widely adopt the transradial technique. Now, nearly 90-percent of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization procedures are done transradially, a rate that leads the Mid-Atlantic region and is more than twice as high as the national average. In September 2017, MedStar Union Memorial opened the radial lounge, a relaxing space where patients who have just had the procedure can move around, eat snacks or watch TV for a few hours before going home.

Cardiac catheterizations are used to diagnose and treat blood vessel blockages. Traditionally, surgeons access the cardiac system through the femoral artery in the groin. While patients who have the traditional procedure done must lay flat for hours, transradial catheterization patients can sit up and move around. The transradial approach also minimizes the risk of arterial bleeding.

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About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years. As one of the region’s top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Sports Medicine, which includes the oldest hospital based sports medicine program in Maryland (founded in 1979).  In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

About the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a network of highly acclaimed and nationally recognized cardiac experts and care programs spanning all 10 MedStar Health hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Baltimore area, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute experts are accessible at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and more than a dozen community locations.  MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is allied with the Cleveland Clinic, the nation’s #1 heart program, giving patients accelerated access to the most advanced research, technologies and techniques in cardiology and cardiac surgery. This alliance also strengthens excellent clinical care and enables high-level collaboration on research.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Cardiac Team at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Performs Successful MitraClip Procedure

Procedure in Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair is First for the Hospital

BALTIMORE—A team at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute in September successfully clipped together the two flaps of a patient’s leaky mitral value using the MitraClip, a device that may soon be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in many more patients.

The MitraClip offers a way to repair a mitral valve without open heart surgery.  The device is implanted by accessing the patient’s heart through a vein in their groin.

“This is just one of many transformational technologies that MedStar Union Memorial is now able to offer patients,” said John C. Wang, MD, chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at MedStar Union Memorial and scientific director for Baltimore Cardiovascular Research. “We have patients that did not have surgical options and are now able to give them a new lease on life.”

Mitral valve regurgitation happens when the heart’s mitral valve doesn’t close tightly, allowing blood to flow backward into the heart. In severe cases left untreated, it can cause heart failure or heart arrhythmias. Symptoms include heart murmur, fatigue and shortness of breath.

In the 50-minute procedure performed Sept. 26, surgeons went in through the 79-year-old patient’s groin and through the inferior vena cava before clipping together the leaflets of the leaky mitral valve using the tiny MitraClip. The patient recovered well, went home the next day and was back at work within a few days.

Harold Dwin, the patient, said he was pleased with the outcome of the procedure and his recovery. He lived with a heart murmur for years before he found himself struggling on a hike at high altitude while on vacation in Idaho. When he returned from the trip, he was diagnosed with severe mitral valve regurgitation and sought out the heart specialists at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

“It changed my life enormously,” he said. “I had a serious heart condition that could have been fatal to me eventually.”

Many patients with mitral valve regurgitation are treated with open heart surgery; however some cannot undergo the procedure for various reasons. In Dwin’s case, surgeons thought open heart surgery might disrupt the six cardiac bypasses he had placed a couple decades ago. In those cases, the MitraClip is the less invasive option.

The MitraClip is currently approved for use in patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation. In September, researchers reported in a large clinical trial that the device was very effective in patients with another type of mitral valve problem – functional mitral regurgitation. Far more patients have functional mitral regurgitation than the degenerative type, and the study is expected to lead to FDA approval for the device in patients with the functional type of the disease.

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About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high quality care for 160 years. As one of the region’s top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Sports Medicine, which includes the oldest hospital based sports medicine program in Maryland (founded in 1979).  In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

About the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a network of highly acclaimed and nationally recognized cardiac experts and care programs spanning all 10 MedStar Health hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Baltimore area, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute experts are accessible at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and more than a dozen community locations.  MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is allied with the Cleveland Clinic, the nation’s #1 heart program, giving patients accelerated access to the most advanced research, technologies and techniques in cardiology and cardiac surgery. This alliance also strengthens excellent clinical care and enables high-level collaboration on research.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

MedStar Health Baltimore Cancer Program Honored for Exceeding Standards

BALTIMORE—(July 11, 2018)—MedStar Health’s four Baltimore area hospitals have been granted a three-year accreditation with commendation – indicating it exceeded the standard requirements – for their regional cancer program by The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons.

To earn the CoC accreditation, the MedStar Health Cancer Network must meet or exceed the organization’s quality care standards and maintain excellence in patient-centered care. The cancer program is reevaluated every three years.

The MedStar Health Cancer Network exceeded standard requirements in six areas: clinical research accrual, cancer registry education, public reporting of outcomes, oncology nursing care, accuracy of data, and Rapid Quality Reporting System. The Rapid Quality Reporting System is a reporting and quality improvement tool from CoC that helps hospitals track their quality of cancer care. The program is at four Baltimore-area hospitals: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital and MedStar Harbor Hospital.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
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Carrie Wells
Public Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569 
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MedStar Health to Host Innovative Approaches To Heart Care Webcast

BALTIMORE—(June 26, 2018)—MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute will host the Innovative Approaches To Heart Care webcast on Wednesday, June 27 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hosted by WBAL TV 11 News’ Megan Pringle, the forum will be broadcast on Facebook Live and feature top cardiovascular doctors and surgeons.

Viewers and audience members will hear from Drs. John Wang, Nauman Siddiqi and Antony Kaliyadan about cardiac catheterization performed through the wrist, or transradially, and why it is safer and more comfortable than traditional catheterization performed by accessing arteries through the groin. The audience will hear from a patient who had both a traditional cardiac catheterization and a transradial cardiac catheterization, who is in a unique position to compare the two approaches.

In the second part of the webcast, beginning at 7:35 p.m., Drs. Michael Fiocco, John Wang and Momina Mastoor will discuss structural issues of the heart, focusing on conditions such as valve disease and aortic stenosis.

The event will be streamed from MedStar Union Memorial Hospital’s transradial recovery lounge, a comfortable waiting area with snacks and entertainment for patients who have undergone a transradial cardiac catheterization. The lounge opened in September 2017. The webcast will offer viewers the chance to see the lounge, which looks more like a hotel lobby rather than a hospital recovery area.

Nearly 90 percent of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital’s cardiac catheterization procedures are done transradially, a rate that leads the Mid-Atlantic region and is more than twice as high as the national average. The transradial approach to cardiac catheterization was first performed at MedStar Union Memorial in 2010 when Dr. John Wang became the first physician in the state to widely adopt this advanced technique.

To participate in the webcast, viewers can log on to MedStarHeart.org/Webcast to watch streaming video and chat live with the experts. Participants also can follow the event on Facebook and on Twitter, by using the hashtag #AskMedStar.

Meet the panelists:

John Wang, MD, MSc, FACC, FSCAI: Dr. Wang is chief of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He specializes in complex angioplasty, chronic total occlusions, and trans-radial cardiac catheterizations. Dr. Wang is board-certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine. Widely published in his field, Dr. Wang has been principal investigator or sub-investigator on more than 20 studies.

Nauman Siddiqi, MD, FSCAI, FACC: Dr. Siddiqi is an interventional cardiologist who holds two board certifications in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He is fellowship trained in interventional cardiology and cardiology and holds a masters degree in epidemiology. His professional interests include aortic and mitral valvuloplasty; transcatheter aortic valve replacement; the WATCHMAN device implantation, transradial cardiac catheterization; percutaneous coronary intervention, inclusive of pericardiocentesis; atrial septal defect; and patent foramen ovale closure, myocardial biopsy, and rotational atherectomy.

Antony Kaliyadan, MD: Dr. Kaliyadan is a fellowship-trained interventional cardiologist who holds certifications in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and vascular imaging. Dr. Kaliyadan's interests and expertise includes complex coronary interventions, atherectomy, coronary imaging, and circulatory support devices. He also has a special interest in peripheral interventions and structural heart procedures including TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement), PFO (patent foramen ovale) closure, ASD (atrial septal defect) closure, mitral valvuloplasty, etc.

Michael Fiocco, MD: Dr. Fiocco is chief of cardiovascular surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in cardiac, general and thoracic surgery. Dr. Fiocco specializes in providing care for people with artery disease, valvular disease, and aortic aneurysm. His heart care expertise has earned him recognition by Baltimore magazine as a Top Doctor in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017. Dr. Fiocco and his team specialize in beating heart surgery, which allows surgeons to operate without temporarily stopping the heart during surgery. This type of surgery helps reduce complications that can occur when the heart is stopped.

Momina Mastoor, MD: Momina Mastoor, MD, is an active member of MedStar's Structural Heart Disease program, Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory, and runs the Structural Heart Clinic at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. She is board certified in cardiovascular disease, and echocardiography. Dr. Mastoor’s focus is on echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography including interventional echocardiography, a technology that allows physicians and interventional cardiologists to diagnose and treat structural heart disease. This includes conditions like mitral regurgitation, mitral stenosis, aortic stenosis, atrial septal defect, and PFOs (hole in the heart ).  She also provides TEE guidance during WATCHMAN device placement procedures as well as percutaneous closure procedures for patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD).

About the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a network of highly acclaimed and nationally recognized cardiac experts and care programs spanning all 10 MedStar Health hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. In the Baltimore area, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute experts are accessible at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and more than a dozen community locations.  MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is allied with the Cleveland Clinic, the nation’s #1 heart program, giving patients accelerated access to the most advanced research, technologies and techniques in cardiology and cardiac surgery. This alliance also strengthens excellent clinical care and enables high-level collaboration on research.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
[email protected]


Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

Experts at the Curtis National Hand Center Urge Fireworks Safety

Ryan Zimmerman, MD

BALTIMORE—(June 25, 2018)—Hand and extremity experts at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital’s Curtis National Hand Center encourage a festive celebration of the nation’s birthday this year, but stress a safety reminder when handling fireworks. They don’t want your business.

Each year, Curtis National Hand Center surgeons start seeing devastating hand and finger injuries even before the Fourth of July parades and celebrations begin. Legal and illegal explosive devices cause traumatic injuries including permanent damage to nerves and tendons or even loss by amputation. The result could mean multiple innovative and complex surgeries to cover open wounds, reattached digits and hands, and reestablish a functioning limb.

“A few minutes of fun from even those little firecrackers can cause injuries that permanently alter your life,” said Ryan Zimmerman, MD, attending hand surgeon at The Curtis National Hand Center. “We can reattach fingers that are intact, but sometimes the damage is so great, that there’s nothing to work with.” And often times he added, “it is the dominant hand that is affected.”

Four people died in 2016 due to recreational fireworks injuries, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,100 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments, according to the CPSC. The hands and fingers were the body parts most often injured.

While adults aged 20-24 had the highest rate of fireworks injuries, children younger than age five were particularly susceptible, with the second-highest rate of injury from fireworks.

There is no such thing as completely safe fireworks. Even sparklers can burn up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to make lava.

“Our message is to leave fireworks to the professionals so that you can continue to enjoy the Fourth of July year after year,” Dr. Zimmerman said.

The Curtis National Hand Center experts offer these important safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children can suffer injuries from sparklers.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Click here to learn more about The Curtis National Hand Center, or call 877-UMH-HAND for a physician referral.

About The Curtis National Hand Center

Since 1975, people all over the world have placed their hands in ours—The Curtis National Hand Center. From repairing traumatic injuries to treating repetitive motion injuries, arthritic conditions and congenital differences, our goal is to restore the patient's use of the hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder to the greatest degree possible. Our long history of experience, outstanding medical staff, and state-of-the-art facilities combine to create a treatment center that is the first choice in caring for the hand or arm, no matter how common or complex.

Today, The Curtis National Hand Center is recognized as the largest, most experienced hand center in the nation. In fact, the hand center was designated by Congress as the National Center for the Treatment of the Hand and Upper Extremity.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics, and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high-quality care for 160 years. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Sports Medicine, which includes the oldest hospital-based sports medicine program in Maryland (founded in 1979).  In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
[email protected]


Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute Expands Robotic Surgery Program

BALTIMORE—(June 19, 2018)—MedStar Orthopaedic Institute added spine surgery to its portfolio of advanced surgical robotics last week when Dr. Paul Asdourian, co-director of the spine program, used a revolutionary robotic guidance and navigation system at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, to perform lumbar decompression and fusion surgery on a 67-year old woman.

In a five-hour procedure, Dr. Asdourian used a 3-D, GPS guidance system with a rigid robotic arm to help orient placement of instruments and spine implants along a guided pathway. Robotic navigation provided continuous visualization and feedback during the placement of the fusion hardware.

“This is technology we are truly proud to offer our patients who require complex spine surgery,” said Dr. Asdourian. “Robotic surgery of the spine is one of the most significant advancements I have witnessed in 30 years of practice.”

In some cases, robotic surgery can be performed in a less invasive manner, which means less trauma to the muscles of the spine, smaller incisions, potentially shorter hospital stays and less risk of tissue damage and nerve injury.

Since 2017, MedStar Union Memorial has offered patients robotic technology for hip and knee replacements, ensuring precise and customized placement of the joint implants. Surgeons there have more experience using the robotic technology for joint replacement than any other orthopaedic program in the state, and MedStar Union Memorial is the only hospital using robotics for both joint replacement and spine surgery. 

About MedStar Orthopaedic Institute

In Central Maryland, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute combines the skill and expertise of more than 80 physicians at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Harbor Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, The Curtis National Hand Center, and more than 20 community locations, giving you convenient access to the area's top orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine care. Our physicians treat the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Baltimore Blast, Baltimore Brigade, US Lacrosse, and the majority of collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Visit MedStarOrtho.org or call 877-34-ORTHO for an appointment.

About MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit, 223-bed acute care teaching hospital with a strong emphasis on cardiac care, orthopaedics, and sports medicine. With roots stemming back to 1854, MedStar Union Memorial has provided high-quality care for 160 years. As one of the region's top specialty hospitals, MedStar Union Memorial is home to: The Curtis National Hand Center, the largest hand center in the world, focused on the treatment of the hand and upper extremities; MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a premier cardiovascular program in the mid-Atlantic, aligned with Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program; and MedStar Sports Medicine, which includes the oldest hospital-based sports medicine program in Maryland (founded in 1979). In addition, MedStar Union Memorial offers a comprehensive range of inpatient and outpatient services including oncology, diabetes and endocrinology, general surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and palliative care.

MedStar Union Memorial is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC). It is the first hospital in Baltimore to receive spine certification by TJC, and the first in the state of Maryland to receive advanced certification for palliative care. MedStar Union Memorial is also TJC-certified in hip and knee replacement and has been designated as a Primary Stroke Center and the Hand Trauma Center for Maryland.

MedStar Union Memorial is a proud member of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional health care system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area.

For more information, visit MedStarUnionMemorial.org.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-1260
[email protected]


Carrie Wells
Media Relations Specialist, MedStar Health Baltimore
443-613-1569
[email protected]

MedStar Health’s Baltimore Hospitals to Offer Free Narcan Training

BALTIMORE—(June 6, 2018)—MedStar Health’s three Baltimore City hospitals will offer free trainings in August to teach community members, employees and others who want to learn how to administer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, known as Narcan.

The free trainings, offered in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department, will be held in August on the campuses of MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Harbor, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals. Attendees learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, as well as deploy the life-saving treatment during such an emergent event.

Overdose deaths related to heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids reached a record high in the first nine months of 2017, according to the latest available state data. In Baltimore, 523 people overdosed between January and September, 80 more than the year before.

MedStar Health’s hospitals are committed to fighting the opioid epidemic. The free trainings follow a successful effort to screen patients for substance abuse in the emergency rooms and primary care clinics of MedStar Health’s four Baltimore area hospitals – MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan, MedStar Union Memorial and MedStar Harbor Hospital. If patients are determined to be at risk for substance abuse, they are referred to a peer recovery coach and connected with resources to help them. The program, called Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment program or SBIRT, has helped connect more than 3,600 patients to substance abuse treatment.

“Baltimore City is clearly the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, and we feel a responsibility as a community organization to join with the city health department to prepare people to recognize an overdose event and use the medication to reverse it appropriately,” said Ryan B. Moran, the director of community health for MedStar Health’s three city hospitals. “We’re all in this fight together. We all need to do what we can to change the trajectory of this crisis.”

Free trainings, open to the public:

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Hospital Address: 5601 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239
Conference Room / Building: Parker 4
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
Hospital Address: 201 E University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21218
Conference Room / Building: UM Conference Center
Date: Monday, August 6, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

MedStar Harbor Hospital
Hospital Address: 3001 S Hanover St, Baltimore, MD 21225
Conference Room / Building: Baum Auditorium
Date: Monday, August 13, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

To register, call 855-218-2435.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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