Our Team- Clinical Research at GBMC
Amanda Nickles Fader, MD
Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery and Associate Director of GYN OncologyDr. Fader is the Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery and Associate Director of GYN Oncology. She is also Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Magee Women's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, and her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Fader specializes in the evaluation and surgical management of women with gynecologic cancers. She also has extensive training in advanced conventional laparoscopic, single port laparoscopy and robotic surgery. Her research interests include minimally invasive surgical outcomes, high-risk endometrial cancer, and the role of obesity in carcinogenesis and gynecologic malignancies. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and is invited to lecture regularly on minimally invasive surgical innovations. She is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Barbara Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S
Clinical Director, The Milton J. Dance, Jr. Head & Neck CenterBarbara Messing is a member of ASHA, SID 3, SID 13, IAL- certified instructor of alaryngeal speech, MSHA, and DRS (Dysphagia Research Society)
Barbara has over 20 years of clinical experience in Speech-Language Pathology treating pediatrics through adults. Her clinical interests are in the areas of head and neck rehabilitation, voice, swallowing and craniofacial disorders. She is actively involved in evidenced-based research with patients undergoing combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and is a member of the GBMC Craniofacial team.
Gary Cohen, MD FACP
Medical Director, Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMCWith special interest in hematologic malignancies, stem cell transplant, breast cancer, and melanoma, Dr. Cohen works closely with patients and their families. He is actively involved in national clinical trials. He stresses that his role is to help patients continue living, working, and achieving quality of life even with a cancer diagnosis.
Geoffrey Neuner, MD
Radiation OncologistDr. Neuner recently joined the Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC as a radiation oncologist. Dr. Neuner attended medical school and earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Before being hired at GBMC, he worked as a resident at University of Maryland Medical System.
James Mersey, MD
Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Medical DirectorDr. Mersey went to Johns Hopkins Medical School, and spent 3 years in a medical residency at Johns Hopkins. He completed a fellowship in Endocrinology at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. He then spent 11 years on the full-time faculty at the University of Maryland. He is now in private practice and the chief of Endocrinology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. In addition he retains faculty appointments at University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins. Dr. Mersey is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Mersey and his associates are actively involved in clinical research in diabetes, hypertension, lipid disorders and osteoporosis. He also teaches house staff and fellows and directs the Geckle Diabetes Center at GBMC.
Joseph A. Califano, III, MD, FACS
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryDr. Califano earned his medical degree from Harvard University, completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is a practicing head and neck surgeon with an interest in salivary gland tumors, cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, sinuses, thyroid, and skull base. He is active investigator who described the initial genetic progression model for head and neck cancer development. He is currently the principal investigator of multiple multi-institutional trials focused on head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and premalignant disease of the head and neck. His current laboratory research interests include the molecular biologic basis of head and neck cancer development, with a particular interest in molecular alterations in premalignant lesions, epigenetic regulation, mitochondrial dysregulation, as well as molecular detection and surveillance.
Madhu Chaudry, MD
Medical OncologistWith a special interest in breast cancer and hematology both benign and malignant, Dr. Chaudhry understands that a cancer diagnosis involves more than just the medical aspect. It also affects quality of life issues. Dr. Chaudhry believes that the practice of oncology requires an individual approach.
Marshall A Levine, MD, FACP
Medical OncologistWith more than 25 years of experience in oncology, Dr. Levine has a particular interest in combining three oncology activities: patient care, clinical research, and education. He believes that the practice of oncology means looking at all aspects of a patient's and family's healthcare and addressing the quality of life.
Mei Tang, MD
Medical OncologistWith particular interests in solid tumors, Dr. Tang treats all types of cancer and benign hematological diseases. She actively participates in patient care, clinical research and medical education. She believes in personalized cancer therapy and works closely with patients and their families to address both healthcare and quality of life.
Neri M. Cohen, MD, PhD
Chief of Thoracic Surgery at GBMCDr. Neri M. Cohen is board certified in both Cardiothoracic Surgery as well as General Surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Cohen graduated from the University of Maryland in 1988 with a medical degree and a PhD in Physiology. After completing his residency and a fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, he continued his training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Patrick K. Ha, MD, FACS
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryDr. Ha received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, and completed both his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is a board-certified head and neck surgeon and Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ha is actively involved in NIH-funded research in the basic mechanisms of salivary gland cancers. He also has a special interest in endoscopic laser techniques for organ sparing surgeries.
Paul Celano, MD
GBMC Division Head, Medical OncologyDr. Celano is GBMC's dedicated medical oncologist for gynecologic cancer patients. He's board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and his fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.
Philip Levin, MD
EndocrincologistDr. Levin is board certified in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, and a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He received internship and residency training at Yale Medical Center Hospitals and Georgetown University Hospital. His fellowship training was at Ohio State University Hospital and NIH. Dr. Levin is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has a longstanding involvement in diabetes and directs a diabetes treatment center. Dr. Levin has also been active in diabetes clinical research and has been an NIH Principal Investigator for the DCCT diabetes trial. He has been a principal investigator for studies in inhaled insulins, new oral agents and glucose sensors, and has more than 30 publications.
Ray Gervacio F. Blanco, MD, FACS
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck SurgeryDr. Blanco earned his medical degree from the University of Santo Thomas, completed his residency at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and his fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to the care of head and neck patients with benign and malignant tumors. His special interests include salivary gland tumors, parathyroid gland tumors, cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, cervical esophagus, thyroid, sinuses, head and neck skin malignancy and skull base. Other special interests are organ sparing surgeries, laryngeal preservation surgery (supracricoid laryngectomy). Dr. Blanco is actively involved in the research on the use of Trans Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) for minimally invasive head and neck surgery.
Robert Brookland, MD FACR FACRO
Department Chairmen, Radiation OncologyRobert Brookland, M.D., a board-certified radiation oncologist, earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Following his internal medicine residency, he completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania where he was an American Cancer Society Fellow and served as chief resident.
After staff appointments in the Departments of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Brookland relocated to Baltimore where he currently chairs the Department of Radiation Oncology at GBMC.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Brookland has served as Chairman of Professional Education for the American Cancer Society and Director of Continuing Medical Education at GBMC. Also at GBMC he has been a member of the Institutional Review Board, the Medical Board, and is Vice Chair of GBMC Foundation. He has served as Principal Investigator for the RTOG (Radiation Therapy Oncology Group).
Robert B. Donegan, MD
Medical OncologistDr. Donegan understands that caring for a patient with cancer involves much more than simply treating the disease. Consideration of spiritual, emotional and quality of life issues is of paramount importance. Although he has a particular interest in breast cancer and hematological malignancies, he treats all types of cancers as well as benign blood disorders.
Sara Pai, MD, PhD
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryDr. Pai is an Associate professor of Otolaryngology-Head Neck Surgery and Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include HPV-associated head and neck cancers, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, and salivary gland disorders. Her research interests include the development of novel cancer vaccines for HPV-associated head and neck cancers, understanding how cancer cells can alter their microenvironment to evade the immune system, and genetic changes associated with thyroid malignancies and identification of diagnostic molecular markers for early detection and development of novel treatment strategies.