MedStar Health Cancer Network Leads the Baltimore Region in Colon Cancer Screenings

Aims to provide more life-saving colorectal cancer screenings to eligible Baltimore residents

Baltimore—(February 15, 2017)— The MedStar Health Cancer Network (MHCN) is spotlighting colon cancer awareness month by encouraging eligible residents to get a no cost colorectal screening through its ongoing partnership with the Maryland Colorectal Cancer Control Program at one of its three Baltimore city hospitals. Last year, MHCN performed more colonoscopies than any other program participant in the state, working to continue the descending mortality trend of the nation’s second deadliest cancer. 

With funding from the Cancer Prevention, Education, Screening, and Treatment Program (CPEST), Baltimore residents aged 50 and older who are uninsured, underinsured and have limited income, may qualify for a no cost colonoscopy and treatment, if needed. Screenings are available at MedStar Harbor, MedStar Good Samaritan and MedStar Union Memorial hospitals.

A colonoscopy is an outpatient procedure that enables a physician to find and remove polyps from the colon, before they turn into cancer.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.

Early detection has made a significant impact on the increased survival rates of Americans, and though preventable, data shows colorectal cancer remains a leading cancer killer among men and women.

“We’ve known for some time now that early detection is the key factor to all cancer treatments and we cannot stress how crucial regular screenings are in detecting colon cancer, which largely affects both men and women,” said Michael Sickler, program manager of the Colon Cancer Screening Program at MedStar Health. “We are committed to getting our community the information they need and connecting them with resources that could save their lives.”

The screening program will partner with the Susie’s Cause Health Festival at Mondawmin Mall Saturday, March 4, 2017

To learn more about the program or to find out if you are eligible for a free screening click here or call 410-350-8216.


About the MedStar Health Cancer Network

Comprised of four MedStar Health hospitals, the MedStar Health Cancer Network represents a true collaboration in cancer care. Our dedicated team of surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncology nurses and cancer support staff collaborate to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of cancer patients and their families throughout the greater Baltimore region. Our goal is to provide evidenced based quality, care with a focus on service and easy access.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit


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MedStar Harbor Hospital Welcomes General Surgeon Adheesh A. Sabnis, MD, FACS

BALTIMORE—(March 27, 2015) MedStar Harbor Hospital welcomes board certified general surgeon Adheesh A. Sabnis, MD, FACS, effective April 1. With over seven years of experience in general surgery, Dr. Sabnis specializes in the use of both traditional and minimally invasive surgical approaches to treat a full range of medical conditions.

Adheesh Sabnis

Dr. Sabnis joins an experienced surgical team at MedStar Harbor, committed to providing advanced care for patients with a variety of surgical needs. Focused on a collaborative approach to patient care, Dr. Sabnis will work closely with experts in other surgical and medical specialties to find the best treatment approach for each patient.

Previously serving as the co-director of Minimally Invasive and Laparoscopic Surgery at sister hospital MedStar Good Samaritan, Dr. Sabnis has added expertise in laparoscopic hernia repairs, colectomies and peritoneal dialysis access.

After receiving his doctor of medicine degree from The Ohio State University, College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus, OH, Dr. Sabnis completed an internship and residency in general surgery at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He continued his training with a clinical research fellowship in minimally invasive surgery from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, followed by a laparoscopic and bariatric surgery fellowship from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. 

Dr. Sabnis will see patients at the following locations:

MedStar Harbor Hospital
3001 South Hanover Street
Gruehn Building, Suite 216
Baltimore, MD 21225

7310 Ritchie Highway, Suite 515
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Click here to learn more about surgery at MedStar Harbor, or call 410-350-2563 to schedule an appointment.

About MedStar Harbor Hospital

For more than a century, MedStar Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the communities it serves in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. More than 100 years later, the 179-bed hospital continues to offer the personal touch of a community hospital while incorporating the excellence of a high technology medical center. It has been the recipient of the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

With more than 400 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,400 employees, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. MedStar Harbor’s specialty areas include orthopaedics, women’s services, cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital’s continuum of care also includes wellness programs, outpatient services and inpatient treatment.

MedStar Harbor is part of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. MedStar Health's patient-first philosophy emphasizes service, quality and safety, combining compassionate care and clinical excellence. More than a half-million patients trust their care to MedStar Health each year.

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