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University of Maryland Medical Center/System and School of Medicine News

The Media Relations Team assists members of the news media with all of the elements necessary to develop and report stories at the University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical System, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Media relations staff members help reporters, producers and editors to find experts on particular topics, set up interviews and provide video and other materials. We have an onsite TV studio with 24/7 satellite capabilities for live or taped interviews with our experts on breaking medical/science news and timely health features.

For assistance in covering stories and to set up interviews with our experts, please send an e-mail to This is the quickest way to reach a member of the media relations staff. Please include your contact information in the body or signature of your e-mail, state how we can be of assistance and include your deadline. Messages are monitored 24/7; urgent messages will receive immediate attention. During normal business hours you may also reach the media team at 410-328-8919.

Please direct inquiries regarding patient conditions to Media must provide the correct first and last name of any patient about whom they are inquiring. Per federal privacy guidelines, we are able to provide one-word conditions about patients in our care: Critical, Serious, Fair or Good. We may also report that a patient has been discharged. Conditions about minors in our care will not be released unless consent has been granted by the parent or guardian. 

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Joint University of Maryland Medical School/University of Maryland Medical Center/System Media Relations Team:

Bill Seiler
Assistant Director of Media Relations

Karen Warmkessel
Senior Media Relations Manager

Andrea Baird
Media Relations Manager

Karen Lancaster
Vice President, Media Relations & Corporate Communications

Michael Schwartzberg
Media Relations Director (Community Hospitals and Corporate)

For patient inquiries or to make an appointment call 1-800-492-5538.

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