MedStar Orthopaedics Program Enhances Clinical Expertise in Baltimore Area

Baltimore, MD—(November 10, 2017)— Three new physicians specializing in hand surgery, spine surgery and trauma surgery, have joined the nationally recognized MedStar Orthopaedics team in Baltimore.

 The Baltimore MedStar Orthopaedics program is comprised of over 80 physicians to ensure best patient access to the quality, safety and clinical excellence synonymous with MedStar Health.

Patients can see physicians at multiple locations, including the new MedStar Health at Timonium site, 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.

“We are proud to welcome Drs. Giladi, Moatz, and Richardson to the MedStar Orthopaedic team.  Their backgrounds are a testament to the caliber of providers we have on this nationally recognized team and they will continue the long standing mission of MedStar Health to provide the highest quality and most accessible care to our communities.”

Giladi_ Aviram M. Giladi, M.D., is a fellowship trained hand and upper extremity surgeon at MedStar Union Memorial’s Curtis National Hand Center, where he treats patients and coordinates medical studies as the center’s research director. His clinical specialties are upper extremity trauma, nerve and vascular problems and arthritis care.

Fluent in Hebrew, Dr. Giladi has extensive research experience in surgical outcomes, post-traumatic impairment and disability, the delivery of upper extremity surgical care and its impact on care giving and policy. He is currently an instructor at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Department of Plastic Surgery.

 Dr. Giladi earned his master of science degree in health and healthcare research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his medical degree at Vanderbilt University. He completed a residency program at the University of Michigan, where he focused on plastic and reconstructive surgeries, and completed fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Training Program, with a focus on hand and upper extremity surgery.

 To make an appointment with Dr. Giladi, call: 410-554-6877.

Moatz-Spine surgeon Bradley Moatz, M.D., will see patients at MedStar Union Memorial, Dorsey Hall Medical Center in Ellicott City and MedStar Health at Hunt Valley. Dr. Moatz specializes in spinal stenosis and degenerative spine conditions, with a focus on restoring functional movement and improving quality of life.

 Dr. Moatz is currently researching multi-level cervical fusions and the removal of herniated disc material, known as discectomies.  He studies the biomechanics of a modular nucleus replacement system, which replaces problematic discs.

 Dr. Moatz earned his medical degree at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He completed the orthopaedic residency program at MedStar Union Memorial and Emory University’s top-ranked spine fellowship.

 As an undergraduate, Dr. Moatz was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He was also accepted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, which indicates superior academic performance, leadership, professionalism, a firm sense of ethics, future promise and a commitment to service during medical school.

 To make an appointment with Dr. Moatz, call 410-554-3861.

RichardsonMark Richardson, M.D., a board certified orthopaedic trauma surgeon, is also a decorated war veteran. Dr. Richardson served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Shining Hope (Kosovo), before retiring from the US Air Force in 2008. He has instructed students in war surgery and now teaches advanced trauma life support and fracture surgery around the world. He sees patients at MedStar Union Memorial.

Dr. Richardson has served as chairman for the Center of Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement (COTA), part of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, for eight years, with a goal to advance the field by funding trauma fellowships. He is also a scientific reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program.

Dr. Richardson earned his medical degree at Uniformed Services University. He completed a residency program at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, focused on orthopaedic surgery, and completed an internship at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, a U.S. Air Force hospital on Joint Base Andrews. He also completed a fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center with a focus on orthopaedic trauma.

 To make an appointment with Dr. Richardson, call 410-554-6679.

Media Contacts

Debra Schindler
Regional Director, Media & Public Relations, MedStar Health Baltimore
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Transforms Patient Experience

BALTIMORE—(October 9, 2017) — In the newly opened radial lounge at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, John Lurz is sitting comfortably in a chair with his wife, eating a sandwich and fresh fruit, holding a book in his lap. Wearing khakis and a button down shirt, a small wrist band is the only hint that an hour earlier, John underwent a procedure that opened a potentially lethal coronary blockage.

The scene underscores MedStar Union Memorial’s leadership in interventional cardiology, and its progressive shift toward safer and more comfortable cardiac catheterizations. To be specific, accessing the coronary arteries through the wrist, known as the transradial approach, rather than the traditional access through the femoral artery in the groin, virtually eliminates the risk of major bleeding.

This transradial approach to cardiac catheterization was first performed at MedStar Union Memorial in 2010 when the chief of it’s catheterization lab, Dr. John Wang, became the first physician in the state to widely adopt this advanced technique. Since then, 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.

The radial lounge is a stark contrast to what currently exists in traditional cardiac catheterization recovery units, where patients must lie flat for up to six hours.  In addition, walking or sitting up to eat, are prohibited because of the risks associated with the standard approach to catheterization procedures. 

“I think the radial lounge will change the way patients see their care,” said Dr. Wang. “We can do the most complex procedures radially, and the patients can be in a comfortable and relaxing space, with their family or friends, and have an infinitely better experience with peace of mind knowing our outcomes are stellar.”

An angiogram performed in the Medstar Union Memorial cath lab revealed a blockage in the main blood vessel that feeds the front of John Lurz’s heart. The critical blockage is known as the ‘widowmaker’- so named because of its predictive implications. Dr. Wang inserted a tiny catheter through John’s wrist, to access the blockage, and placed a mesh stent to clear the blockage.

“An hour later,” said Lurz, “my wife helped me get dressed and we were able to pick something to eat from right there in the lounge. Being in the lounge was very positive. My wife and I sat in front of a coffee table with comfortable chairs and the food was delicious. I didn’t feel like I was a patient.  Being in the lounge really de-stressed the entire experience for me.”

For more information about the transradial lounge at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, go to: MedStarUnionMemorial.org/RadialLounge

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 Heart and Vascular Institute, 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
410-274-2496
[email protected]

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