Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland Medical Center have joined forces to expand regional access to their prominent radiation oncology programs, and to provide cancer patients with state-of-the-art, comprehensive outpatient radiation therapy services at a conveniently located community practice in Howard County.
The state’s two academic medical centers are collaborating to operate Central Maryland Radiation Oncology (CMRO) on the ground floor of the new Medical Pavilion at Howard County General Hospital at 10710 Charter Drive in Columbia. The new venture expands and enhances a community radiation oncology practice operated by the University of Maryland Medical Center for 15 years on the Howard County campus. Sally B. Cheston, M.D., a University of Maryland radiation oncologist and assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is CMRO’s medical director.
An open house for referring physicians will be held on Tuesday, May 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the new facility. Media are welcome to attend.
Theodore L. DeWeese, M.D., professor of oncology and urology and chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at Johns Hopkins, says CMRO physicians can tap into the vast medical knowledge at both institutions. “Our mission is to improve the lives of cancer patients by advancing clinical practice, research and education with the latest technology and highest level of expertise,” Dr. DeWeese says.
“With this new collaboration, patients in Howard County will now have access to cutting-edge cancer treatment options and clinical trials available at Maryland’s two academic medical centers – right in their own backyard,” says William F. Regine, M.D., chief of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman chairman and professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “We’re very pleased to be collaborating with Johns Hopkins Medicine to expand radiation oncology services available to Howard County residents and residents of surrounding counties.”
CMRO will offers patients with all types and stages of cancer the full range of radiation therapies, including image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and prostate brachytherapy (seed implants). The center also provides a variety of support services, including genetic counseling.
“We are very patient-focused in our approach to treatment and try to spend as much time as possible with patients and their family members to explain the various treatment options and answer any questions they might have,” says Dr. Cheston, who specializes in breast cancer therapy.
Other members of the treatment team are Courtney L. Bui, M.D., M.S.P.H., a University of Maryland radiation oncologist and assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Deborah A. Frassica, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences and oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, who is also on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.