Multispecialty Robotic Surgery Center at GBMC

Francis Grumbine, MD
Francis Grumbine
Chief of Gynecologic Surgery
Chairman of the Department of Gynecology

Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Grumbine is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Grumbine specializes in the evaluation and surgical management of women with cancers of the reproductive organs. He also has extensive experience in minimally invasive procedures, specifically robotic surgery.

Amanda Nickles Fader, MD

Amanda Nickles Fader, MD
Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery
Associate Director of Gynecologic Oncology

Medical School:Medical College of Virginia
Residency: Magee Womens Hospital-Univ of Pittsburgh
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Hospital

Dr. 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.

Carol Ritter, MD

Carol Ritter, MD
Director of Women's Minimally Invasive Surgery
Medical School:Medical College of Wisconsin
Residency: Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Dr. Ritter is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and completed her residency at GBMC. She has extensive experience in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and pelvic floor disorders. She created the Minimally Invasive Simulation Center at GBMC which helps train and maintain today's highest levels of laparoscopic surgeons.

Joan Blomquist, MD
Joan Blomquist, MD
Urogynecologist
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: Magee Womens Hospital
Fellowship: Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Dr. Blomquist is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chieft of the Division of Urogynecology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Grinell College and medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Blomquist completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh and went on to complete a two-year fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She is the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins/Greater Baltimore Fellowship Program in Urogynecology and is actively involved in the research on the impact of childbirth on the pelvic floor. She is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Ray Gervacio F. Blanco, MD FACS
Ray Gervacio F. Blanco, MD FACS
Department of Otolaryngology
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Medical School: University of Santo Tomas
Residency: Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center - GC
Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Dr. 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.

Joseph A. Califano III, MD FACS

Joseph A. Califano III, MD FACS
Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Department of Otolaryngology
Medical School:Harvard Medical School
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. 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.

Patrick K. Ha, MD

Patrick K. Ha, MD
Department of Otolaryngology
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. 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.

John R. Saunders, MD

John R. Saunders, MD
Department of Otolaryngology
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Medical School:Georgetown University
Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Dr. Saunders earned his medical degree from Georgetown University, and completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is board-certified in surgery from the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Saunders is also is a past president of The Society of Head and Neck Surgeons and the Baltimore Academy of Surgery. Dr. Saunders has specialized in head and neck surgery since 1980 and has a special interest in quality of life issues for patients with head and neck cancer.

George Apostolides, MD
George Apostolides, MD
Division Head, Colorectal Surgery
Medical School: Saint Joseph's University, Beirut
Residency: Saint Agnes Hospital
Fellowship: Greater Baltimore Medical Center

Dr. Apostolides is the Division Head of Colorectal Surgery and the Director of Colon and Rectal Surgery Residency Program. He earned his medical degree from St. Joseph's University in Beirut, completed his residency at St. Agnes Hospital and completed his fellowship at GBMC. He's a board-certified in colon and rectal surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Randy Tutrone, MD FACS
Ronald Tutrone, MD FACS
Chief of Urology
Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
Residency: Kings County Hospital Center
Fellowship: Peter Bent Brigham

Dr. Tutrone is board-certified in urology. He received his medical degree from Rutgers University Medical School, and completed his Urology residency at Harvard, Brigham & Women's Hospital. He also serves as the Medical Director for Chesapeake Urology Research Associates and is chairman of The William E Kahlert Urology Endowment. His clinical interests include treatment of urologic malignancies, laparoscopic treatment of renal and adrenal tumors, kidney stone treatment and prostate disorders.

Benjamin H. Lowentritt, MD FACS

Benjamin Lowentritt, MD FACS
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics at Chesapeake Urology Associates
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland Medical System
Fellowship: Tulane University Hospital & Clinics

Dr. Lowentritt is board-certified in urology. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed both a general surgery and urology residency at the University of Maryland Medical System. He also completed a fellowship in robotic, laparoscopic, and advanced endoscopic urology at Tulane University Medical Center. His clinical areas of interest are robotic, laparoscopic and endoscopic management of renal, bladder, and prostate cancer, as well as minimally invasive options for benign prostate, hyperplasia, kidney stones and pelvic organ prolapse.

David Goldstein, MD FACS

David Goldstein, MD FACS
Urologist
Medical School: Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Goldstein is board-certified in urology. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency in urology at Harvard Medical School. His clinical areas of interest are minimally invasive surgery for prostate, kidney and bladder cancers and robotic and laparoscopic surgical treatment of kidney stones and male and female incontinence.

Jonathan Rubenstein, MD FACS

Jonathan Rubenstein, MD FACS
Urologist
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: Northwestern University Memorial Hospital
Fellowship: University of California at San Francisco

Dr. Rubenstein is board-certified in urology. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, completed his residency in general surgery and urology at Northwestern University and completed his fellowship in endourology and laparoscopy at the University of California, San Francisco. He has subspecialty training in minimally invasive surgery, metabolic evaluation and treatment of kidney stones.

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