Programs and Services - Cancer Institute - Areas of expertise

Because cancer takes many forms and may attack all parts of the body, the UM St. Joseph Cancer Institute is structured to provide the highly specialized expertise required to meet the many varied challenges that cancer presents.

Breast Center

The Breast Center at UM St. Joseph Medical Center, nationally recognized for excellence by The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program of the American College of Surgeons, combines the expertise of advanced imaging diagnostics with breast and reconstructive surgery, medical and radiation oncology, and other key disciplines such as pathology, nursing, lymphedema management, nutritional services, social work, and genetic counseling – in a comfortable, convenient setting that is individualized and sensitive to the unique needs of breast cancer patients.

With more than 35 years experience as a breast surgeon, Dr. Michael J. Schultz leads the Breast Center staff and its team of dedicated breast oncology experts, including breast surgeon Dr. Ethan S. Rogers. He and his entire team believe strongly that compassion and sensitivity are key to effective treatment and successful outcomes.

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) is a resourceful network of women who have battled breast cancer and are making a difference by offering their support and knowledge to newly-diagnosed patients. SOS is funded by the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and UM St. Joseph Medical Center. learn more

Colorectal Oncology Center

The staff and physicians of the Colorectal Oncology Center at UM St. Joseph Medical Center have consistently led efforts to educate our community on the importance of screening, and they continue to promote screening as the single most important tool for the prevention and treatment of colorectal cancers. When there is a diagnosis, the center’s staff is skilled in treating the most common to the most complex conditions, providing individualized treatment pathways for patients.

Surgical Director Dr. Howard Berg specializes in the medical and surgical management of problems affecting the colon, rectum and anus as well as the small intestine when involved by inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Berg leads an expert multidisciplinary team that includes gastroenterologists, medical and radiation oncologists and other support staff that are committed to the successful treatment of patients. 

To learn more about Dr. Howard Berg and colon/rectal surgery, please click here.

Two experienced colorectal surgeons from University of Maryland are now seeing patients at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Cancer Institute in Towson, Maryland.

Dr. Andrea Bafford is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland Department of General Surgery. Dr. Bafford sees patients with colon and rectal cancer as well as benign gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Jonathan Chun is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland Department of General Surgery. Dr. Chun's specialties include diseases of the colon, rectum and anus which include cancer and benign disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrea Bafford or Dr. Jonathan Chun, please call 41-427-2569.

Gynecologic Oncology Center

The Gynecologic Oncology Team at UM St. Joseph is a collaborative partnership between Mercy Medical Center and University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (UM SJMC). The team provides advanced treatment options for ovarian, cervical, uterine cancers and other reproductive system cancers. Nationally renowned gynecologic surgeon Dr. Dwight D. Im directs this newly formed team, and is joined by colleague Dr. Jennifer Ducie. Addressing GYN cancers from early, Stage I to complex, Stage IV, genital tract cancers- Drs. Im and Ducie work closely with UM SJMC's multidisciplinary oncology team. Women with gynecologic cancers rely on these gifted diagnosticians for their skill, expertise, compassion and surgical talent. To ensure continuity of care, the physicians at UM St. Joseph’s Cancer Institute keep the referring physician informed of a patient’s treatment and progress every step of the way.

This expert team of specialists is dedicated to the care of women with gynecologic cancers, including a holistic philosophy that is attentive to mind, body and spirit, and focuses on patients as individuals.

For more information about Gynecologic Oncology at UM SJMC, or to make an appointment, call 1-800- 441-7562.

The Liver & Pancreas Center

The Liver and Pancreas Center is the only facility of its kind in Maryland and the region -- a multidisciplinary program that treats patients with complex diseases related to pancreatic cancer, primary liver cancer, metastatic colorectal cancer, and bile duct cancer.

Dr. Mark Fraiman and Dr. Richard Mackey are among the state’s leading experts in the diagnosis and treatment of hepatobiliary disease. Their expert team is comprised of specialists in gastroenterology, hepatology, oncology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, pathology, and liver and pancreas surgery. Working together, they attack disease from every angle and ensure patients a fast track from diagnosis to treatment.

To learn more about the Liver and Pancreas Center please click here.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

Under the direction of Dr. Neil Goldberg and Dr. Joshua Forman, the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center offers a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to treatment of IBD. Every patient receives expert care from a specialized team of gastroenterologists, nutritionists, nurse navigators, colorectal surgeons, social workers, and ostomy specialists.

Patients who require infusion treatments receive care in our state-of-the-art infusion center in a sunny atrium setting. The center features first-class, reclining infusion chairs and amenities such as DVD players, I-pod ports, and a Wi-Fi work area for laptop computers.

The Ostomy Center at UM St. Joseph is located in the same building, for patients requiring this customized service. UM St. Joseph has the only dedicated Ostomy Center in the state of Maryland, staffed by specialized ostomy nurses who focus on patient comfort, education and care.

More than 1 million people in the U.S. suffer from IBD, and that number is increasing. At UM St. Joseph Medical Center, we treat more IBD patients than any other area hospital and have the experience and the resources to provide the most expert and personalized care.

Medical Oncology & Hematology Center

The Medical Oncology and Hematology Center at UM St. Joseph Medical Center provides a seamless continuum of patient-centered medical care under the personal supervision of director Dr. Richard Schraeder and medical oncologists Dr. Rima Couzi and Dr. Yousuf Gaffar. They work closely with surgeons, radiation oncologists and specialized infusion nurses.

Both inpatient and outpatient consultative services are available. The medical oncologists stay involved with patients and remain available throughout the cancer journey. They treat the patient, not just the diagnosis, helping provide psycho-social care as needed. They work with the patient’s Cancer Navigator, coordinating such support services as nutrition counseling, genetics counseling and ostomy/wound care, when needed.

When patients no longer respond to curative treatment, medical oncologists help patients and their families decide on and choose hospice care, or palliative care for symptom management and bring in spiritual resources so that each patient is as comfortable as possible.

There are also a multitude of support services available for our patients such as:

For more information or for a patient consultation, please call 410.337.1338.

Neuro-Oncology Center

In 2009, the Neuro-Oncology Center surpassed the projected volume of brain lesions treated with stereotactic radiosurgery. Headed by Dr. Neal Naff, Baltimore’s most experienced stereotactic radiosurgeon, the team also includes Dr. Jason Citron and Dr. Stephen Ronson. Adhering to a multidisciplinary approach, they meet regularly to discuss each patient’s case from diagnosis to treatment. The result is faster, safer, more exact treatment for our patients.

Orthopaedic Oncology Center

The Cancer Institute and the Orthopaedic Institute at UM St. Joseph are partnering to enhance treatment of tumors of the spine with the implementation of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), which can bend around the spinal cord and other critical organs. This collaboration, under the direction of orthopaedic surgeon and Orthopaedic Institute Medical Director, Dr. Scott Tarantino and spine surgeon Dr. Ira Fedder, brings new perspective to our advanced multidisciplinary approach, combining SRS with orthopaedic surgery as needed.

Radiation Oncology Center

The Radiation Oncology Center, led by Dr. Jason Citron and Dr. Stephen Ronson employs state-of-the-art radiotherapy equipment including:

  • MammoSite® Targeted Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI)
  • Biograph 40 PET/CT
  • Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
  • Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
  • Varian Clinac iXTM Linear Accelerator
  • High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy for GYN and Breast Malignancies
  • Low-Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer
  • 4-D CT-Simulator with Respiratory Gating
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • 3-D Cone-Beam CT for precise pre-treatment alignment

For more information about radiation oncology, click here.

Stereotactic RadioSurgery

The Radiation Oncology Center has installed Stereotactic RadioSurgery (SRS) equipment for the purpose of delivering radiosurgery treatment for patients in need. Radiosurgery is a technique that precisely delivers large doses of radiation to tumors and other abnormalities in a single treatment or in a small number of treatments (typically up to five). The goal of this non-invasive procedure is to eradicate the target anatomy without harming nearby healthy tissue and without involving traditional surgery.

Radiosurgery was first used to treat targets in the brain and it has now been extended to extracranial targets such as the spine and other organs. Recent studies have suggested radiosurgery is effectively controlling certain types of cancer. The clinical targets for radiosurgery must be relatively small and well defined. High-resolution 3-dimensional imaging techniques such as CT and MRI help identify and clinically define these targets and the critical structures surrounding them. Occasionally, a small number of targets are treated simultaneously. Most treatment courses involving radiosurgery are generally completed within the same week.

If you have questions about this new advanced technique, please contact Dr. Jason Citron, medical director of the Radiation Oncology Center or Dr. Stephen Ronson, director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery at 410.427.2525.

Thoracic Oncology Center

The Thoracic Oncology Team at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center’s Cancer Institute provides the latest diagnostic and treatment advances and has attracted nationally renowned medical and surgical experts in thoracic cancers. Its multidisciplinary philosophy, which integrates and coordinates cancer care in a single setting, is critical to successful outcomes and patients’ peace of mind.

Lead by thoracic surgeon, Dr. Shelby Stewart, the team also includes specially trained medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, oncology nurses and social workers. This cohesive group provides each patient with comprehensive, compassionate and personalized care. Comprehensive evaluation and advanced treatment options are offered for cancers of the lungs, esophagus and other organs in the chest.

For more information about Thoracic Oncology at UM SJMC, or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-441-7562.

Urologic Oncology Center

UM St. Joseph Medical Center’s Urologic Oncology Center provides experienced, coordinated care to patients who have been diagnosed with a urologic malignancy. Until recently, urologic cancers were some of the most difficult to treat, but luckily for these patients, the Urologic Oncology Center is home to some of the most experienced and highly credentialed urologic oncology specialists in Maryland.

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with a urologic cancer, you can take comfort in knowing the physicians at UM St. Josephs’ Urologic Cancer Center are trained in the most up-to-date treatments for prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer, and other complicated urologic diseases.

Because urologic cancers often require a variety of treatments, the center takes a multidisciplinary approach to fighting them, involving specialists from oncology, radiation oncology, urology, and pathology.