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Ask An Oncology Expert with Michael Stein

October 13, 2022

Michael W. Stein, MHSA, FACMPE, was named interim Vice President of Support Services in July 2022. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Executive Director of Oncology Services at GBMC, starting in 2014. In this role, Mike expanded the cancer program, adding services such as symptom management, GI Oncology multidisciplinary program, an Owings Mills medical oncology and infusion location, and integrative medicine. He was instrumental in helping to rein in oncology drug costs for both patients and the hospital through a number of tactics, ultimately leading to total deregulation of oncology drug expense.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree in health services administration from the George Washington University School of Public Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives and serves on several boards for community organizations.


On Wednesday, October 12, Stein updated viewers of "Ask the Oncology Expert" with details on the new home for cancer care at GBMC: the Sandra R. Berman Pavilion. GBMC has always been known for excellent medical services in the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute, but the facilities were in need of improvements to match the level of care our team provides.

Below are the key takeaways from this discussion:

  • Stein might have been the leader of this project, but he did not work alone. By partnering with the medical and clinical team, the community and, most importantly, GBMC patients, the new Sandra R. Berman Pavilion design allows staff to be more efficient and provides patients and families an overall better experience. The oncology team traveled around the country to tour cancer centers, large and small, asking what works, but more importantly what is not working.
  • The Sandra R. Berman Pavilion is a 70,000 square foot medical office building designed with to enhance efficiency for medical and clinical teams, as well as patients and their caregivers. There will be elevator access to both Radiation Oncology and the parking garage making it easier for patients and families to attend various appointments. The Berman Pavilion will be located adjacent to the Louis and Phyllis Friedman Building, GBMC’s new three-story inpatient facility.
  • The design of the building matches that of the Friedman building, both of which are focused on a central atrium, allowing ample natural light. Additionally, the team has focused on making it easy for staff to go to and from different sections of the building. For example, the Oncology Support Services team can easily access patient service areas quickly. This is a prime example of how multidisciplinary care teams operate: focusing on the patient as a whole and assisting with both their physical and emotional needs.

The community can always support the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Insitute, and there are many ways to do so! The team welcomes help from volunteers, and is always grateful for donations to support important programs like Oncology Support Services, which is 100% donor funded. The Sandra R. Berman Pavilion is at 88% of its fundraising goal. You can support the project by visiting gbmcpromise.org.

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