Physicians & Staff

The Surgical Oncology team specializes in removing tumors through surgery. Surgical oncologists at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stuart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center collaborate with other specialists in medical oncology and radiation oncology in comprehensive, multidisciplinary teams to provide evaluation and therapy for a wide range of cancers.

John A. Olson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. John A. Olson, Jr., MD, PhD
Campbell and Jeanette Plugge Professor of Surgery
Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
Head, Division of General and Surgical Oncology

Medical Degree: University of Florida
Residency: Barnes Hospital, Surgery
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology
Certification: Surgery


H. Richard Alexander, Jr., M.D. H. Richard Alexander, Jr., MD
Associate Chair for Clinical Research, Professor of Surgery
Special Interests: Gastrointestinal tumors including Pancreatic cancer, Colorectal cancer, primary and metastatic Liver cancer, and Endocrine malignancies
Medical Degree: Georgetown Unversity School of Medicine
Residency: Bethesda Naval Hospital, General Surgery
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology
Certification: General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
410-328-7320 / academic office


Emily C. Bellavance, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Special Interests:Benign and Malignant Breast Disease; Breast Brachytherapy; Nipple and Skin Sparing Mastectomy; Oncoplastic Surgery; Prophylactic Mastectomy for High Risk Patients; Reverse Lymphatic Mapping
Medical Degree: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center, General Surgery
Fellowship: University of Chicago Medical Center, Surgical Oncology; University of Chicago School of Medicine, McLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
Certification: General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
410-328-7320 / appointments
410-328-7320 / academic office


Cherif Boutros, M.D., M.Sc.Cherif Boutros, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Surgery
Medical Director, Tate Cancer Center

Chief, Surgical Oncology, Baltimore Washington Medical Center
Medical Degree: Alexandria University, Alexandria Egypt
Residency: Morristown Memorial Hospital; Beth Israel Newark; Monmouth Medical Center; Surgery
Fellowship: Roger Williams Medical Center, Surgical Oncology
Certifications: Surgery
410-328-7320 / appointments
410-553-8150 / academic office


Photo of Steven I. Hanish, M.D.Steven I. Hanish, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director of Hepatobiliary Surgery

Medical Degree: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University, General Surgery
Fellowship: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Transplant Surgery
Certification: Surgery
410-328-7320 / appointments
410-553-8150 / academic office


Nader N. Hanna, M.D., F.A.C.S. Nader Hanna, MD, FACS, FICS
Professor of Surgery|
Director of Clinical Operations, General and Oncologic Surgery
Special Interests: Pancreatic Cancer; Colorectal Cancer and Sphincter Preservation Surgery (including minimally invasive Robotic and Laparoscopic approaches); Primary and Metastatic Liver Cancer; Gastric (Stomach) Cancer; Peritoneal Carcinomatosis and Peritoneal Surface Malignancies; Carcinoid Tumors; Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors; Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Adrenal Tumors; Endocrine Malignancies; Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery for GI Malignancies (colon, rectum, liver, stomach and pancreas)
Medical Degree: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Residency: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center (Tufts University), Boston, Surgery
Fellowship: University of Chicago, Surgical Oncology
Certification: General Surgery; Surgical Oncology
410-328-7320 / academic office


Susan B. Kesmodel, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Breast Cancer: Benign and malignant breast conditions, mastectomy, neoadjuvant endocrine therapy
Skin Cancer:
Melanoma; merkel, squamous and basal cell carcinoma; dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
Medical Degree: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, General Surgery
Fellowship: University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology
Certifications: General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
410-328-7320 / appointments
410-328-7320 / academic office

Gautam G. Rao, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Special Interests: Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery; Chemotherapy for Gynecologic Malignancies including Clinical Trials; Surgical Management of Ovarian, Uterine, Cervical, Vulvar, and Vaginal Cancer
Medical Degree: University of Miami School of Medicine
Residency: Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Certifications: Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology
410-328-2076 / appointments
410-328-7320 / academic office


Richelle Williams, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Special Interests:Advanced minimally invasive Surgical Oncology; Gastrointestinal Cancer; Melanoma; Sarcoma
Medical Degree: Harvard Medical School
Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center, General Surgery
Fellowship: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Complex Surgical Oncology
MHS: University of Chicago
Certification: General Surgery



Other Program Participants:

The following individuals are faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and treat patients at affiliated hospitals within the University of Maryland Medical System.


Cynthia L. Drogula, MD, FACS
Director, Aiello Breast Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Surgery
Special Interests: Breast Surgery
Medical Degree: George Washington University School of Medicine
Residency: George Washington University School of Medicine, General Surgery
Fellowship: Washington Hospital Center
Certification: Surgery


Meghan L. Milburn, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology
Medical Degree: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland Medical Center, General Surgery
Fellowship: Anne Arundel Medical Center DeCesaris Cancer Institute, Breast Surgical Oncology; University of Maryland Medical Center/Johns Hopkins, Clinical Research
443-643-3020 / appointments



GI Program Coordinator

Medhat NagibMedhat M. Nagib, MBBCh
410-328-7320



Nurse Practitioner:

Latoya TaylorLaToya Taylor, CRNP
410-328-7320



Core Resources

Genetic Counseling:

Jessica Scott, M.G.C.
Certified Genetic Counselor
410-328-7904


Clinical Nutrition Services:

Jenny TaylorJenny Taylor, RD, LDN, CNSD
Senior Dietitian
410-328-5462


Psychosocial Services:

Patricia Widra, MDDr. Patricia Widra
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Special Interests: Anxiety Disorders; Consultation Liaison Psychiatry; Perinatal Mood; Women's Mental Health
Medical Degree: Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Psychiatry
866-408-6885 / appointments




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