The new Surgical Oncology Center at Calvert Memorial Hospital – a collaborative effort with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore – offers Southern Maryland residents access to advanced surgical care for complex cancer cases.

CMH has forged similar relationships with other centers of excellence for breast, vascular and neurosurgical care. “This ‘Best of Breed’ model has proven quite successful,” said Dr. Kenneth Abbott, who chairs the hospital’s Cancer Committee, “and it allows CMH to find and implement the best fit for the community.”

“It’s a win-win for our patients,” said Dr. Arati Patel, who is director of medical oncology at the Center for Breast Care at Calvert. “They will have access to cancer specialists at the top of their fields while still enjoying the comfort and convenience of staying in their local community during treatment.”

Dr. Kurtis Campbell, who is board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care, brings a particular focus on gastrointestinal and complex abdominal surgery and exceptional expertise in pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgery.

Dr. Vadim Gushchin, who serves as Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Mercy, offers expertise in malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract and is exceptionally accomplished in minimally invasive surgery as well as in traditional open surgery techniques.

Under this new relationship, Dr. Campbell will serve as medical director of surgical oncology services at CMH. “We’re excited to be working with the great oncology team already in place at Calvert,” he said, “including medical oncologists, general surgeons, gastroenterologists and nurses.”

Initially, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Gushchin will provide patient consults and perform surgery at Calvert Memorial one day per week. The surgeons are supported by a registered nurse, office manager and an office assistant that coordinate scheduling and follow-up to ensure seamless patient care. The Surgical Oncology Center is located in Suite 112 of the Calvert Medical Office Building (next to the hospital).

Their addition builds upon the relationship established with Mercy in 2009 for the Gynecological Oncology Center where Dr. Hyung Ryu treats cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancer.

“Working with Calvert Memorial is consistent with both our missions – to provide the best possible patient care,” said Armando Sardi, MD, Medical Director, The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center and Chief of Surgical Oncology at Mercy.