John Flowers, MD

John Flowers, MD
Chairman, Department of Surgery
Medical School: Hahnemann University College of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland Medical System
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical System

Dr. Flowers was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with honors in 1980. He graduated from medical school at the Hahnemann University of the Health Sciences with honors in 1984 and moved to Baltimore, Maryland for his surgical training. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Maryland and was the first ever Fellow in Surgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy there.

After completing surgical training, Dr. Flowers remained on the faculty at the University of Maryland for 13 years, where he directed the nationally recognized Surgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy fellowship and established one of the first Minimally Invasive Surgery centers in the United States. Dr. Flowers has published more than 100 articles on the subject of laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgical procedures, and has taught flexible endoscopy and advanced laparoscopy to hundreds of surgeons in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

At present Dr. Flowers is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he joined the surgical staff in 2006. His practice interests center around complex gastrointestinal surgery, advanced laparoscopic procedures, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of several specialty societies. In his spare time, Dr. Flowers enjoys football, physical fitness, travel, and spending time with his family.


Timothee Friesen, MD

Timothee Friesen, MD
Medical School:University of Maryland
Residency:Washington Hospital Center

Timothee J. Friesen, MD, General Surgery, earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and completed his General Surgery residency training at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He finished a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the North Shore University and Long Island Jewish Hospitals in Manhasset, New York. Board-certified in General Surgery, Dr. Friesen has a special interest in laparoscopic foregut and abdominal wall surgery, as well as minimally invasive approaches to treat gastrointestinal disorders and obesity.


Laurence Ross, MD

Laurence Ross, MD
Medical School: Case Western Reserve University
Residency:Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Laurence Ross earned his medical degree with honors from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his surgical residency, research fellowship and chief residency at Duke University Medical Center. He joined the prestigious surgical group Finney Trimble and Associates in 1987 and has pursued the private practice of general and vascular surgery. Throughout his career, Dr. Ross maintained his board certification from the American Board of Surgery and a member of American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ross performs a vast array of general and vascular surgical procedures, including hernia repairs, laparoscopic gallbladders, colon surgery, breast surgery, carotid endarterectomies, aortic aneurysm repair, peripheral vascular surgery, dialysis access surgery and varicose vein surgery. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the "Top Docs" in the Baltimore Magazine several years.


Francis Rotolo

Francis Rotolo, MD
Medical School:University of Michigan School of Medicine
Residency:Duke University Medical Center

Frank Rotolo, M.D., F.A.C.S. is the division head of General Surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC). A native of Maryland, he completed his undergraduate studies Magna cum laude at Georgetown University where he received the Milievik Chemistry Award. At the University of Michigan Medical School he was the awarded the Gardner Child 3rd award as the top graduating medical student entering surgery. He completed his general surgical residency at Duke University Medical Center in 1989 under the Direction of David C. Sabiston, M.D. At Duke he spent two research years in the hepatobiliary laboratory of William C. Meyers, M.D.

Dr. Rotolo is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.) and a member of the Baltimore Academy of Surgery, the Baltimore County Medical Association, the Sabiston Society, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

In addition to his appointment as the division head of general surgery he serves as the secretary/treasurer of the medical staff at GBMC and secretary/treasurer of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He is currently the Maryland State Chair for the Cancer Liaison Physicians for the Commission on Cancer. He is a past president of the Baltimore Academy of Surgery. He has been selected as one of "Baltimore's Best Docs" six times. Dr. Frank Rotolo is board certified in general surgery. His clinical interests include oncologic surgery on the breast, colon, stomach and skin as well as open and advanced laparoscopic procedures for gastrointestinal disease and abdominal wall hernias.


Joel Turner, MD

Joel Turner, MD
Medical School:University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland Medical System
Fellowship: University of Maryland Medical System

Dr. Turner has lived in Baltimore for over 35 years and received his medical degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital. In addition, he obtained further training in advanced laparoscopic procedures during his fellowship, also at the University of Maryland Hospital. During residency and fellowship he was exposed to a broad range of advanced laparoscopic procedures involving solid organs (spleen, kidney, adrenal) as well as hollow organs (stomach, small bowel, large bowel). In addition, he received extensive training in endocrine surgery from one of the states busiest endocrine surgeons, Dr. William Scovill.

Dr. Turner has been a member of the GBMC community since 1999. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the department of surgery as well as the Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery.

His practice specializes in endocrine and advanced laparoscopic procedures ( Nissen Fundoplication, Heller Myotomy, ventral hernia repair) as well as general surgery. He has extensive experience in endocrine surgery (thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy) having performed over 1700 endocrine cases while at GBMC. Dr. Turner is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and is an active member in the American College of Surgeons and the society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Turner is married to Dr. Jennifer Heller and has one daughter, Hannah. He not only enjoys surgery but is also an avid hiker and biker.


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