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H. Richard Alexander, Jr., MD 
Associate Chairman for Clinical Research, Surgery

Dr. Alexander is an internationally recognized surgical oncologist and clinical researcher. He treats cancer patients at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and is associate chairman for clinical research in the University of Maryland Department of Surgery.

Dr. Alexander came to the University of Maryland after spending 16 years at the National Institutes of Health, where he served as chief of the surgical metabolism section, chairman of the gastrointestinal malignancies section and deputy director of the NCI's Center for Cancer Research.

Dr. Alexander is recognized for developing innovative techniques to treat patients with advanced cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, especially the liver. One example is isolated hepatic perfusion, a way to circulate high doses of chemotherapy directly into the liver to treat patients with inoperable cancer. With this "closed loop" technique, only the liver is exposed to the chemotherapy, protecting other organs and minimizing the side effects of treatment.

Dr. Alexander received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and did a fellowship in surgical oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association and the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is a member of the Society of University Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

Dr. Alexander has written more than 200 journal articles and has lectured throughout the United States and the world. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Annals of Surgical Oncology. He is a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Annals of Surgery and Surgery.

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Andrea Chao Bafford, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Andrea Bafford is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As an undergraduate, she received her B.S. in Biology from Cornell University in 1999, where she graduated summa cum laude. She went on to receive her M.D. from the Washington University School of Medicine in 2003.

Dr. Bafford completed both an internship and residency in general surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. She also completed a colon and rectal surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Bafford is board certified in general surgery.

As a surgeon, Dr. Bafford's special interests include sphincter-sparing surgery for colorectal cancer, surgical treatment of Crohn's disease and colitis, laparoscopic colon and rectal surgery, surgery for anorectal disorders, laparoscopic treatment of diverticulitis, treatment of rectal prolapse, and screening and therapeutic colonoscopy. She is an associate fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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Nader Hanna, MD, FACS, FICS 
Professor of Surgery
Director of Clinical Operations for General & Oncologic Surgery

Dr. Hanna, who specializes in treating gastrointestinal (GI) cancers and soft tissue sarcoma, is head of Surgical Oncology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Previously at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, he served as director of gastrointestinal clinical research at the Lucille Markey Cancer Center and associate professor of surgery.

He received his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, in 1985; completed his surgical residency at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Tufts University; and completed two fellowships at the University of Chicago. He is board-certified in general surgery and surgical oncology.

His research interests include using adenovirus-mediated gene therapy and genetic radiotherapy to treat cancer.

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Stephen Kavic, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery

Dr. Kavic is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in chemistry. He attended medical school at the Yale University School of Medicine. He also received his general surgery residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he served as administrative chief resident. He completed a two-year fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Kavic's clinical interests include minimally invasive abdominal surgery, surgery of the gastrointestinal tract, endoscopy, and the surgical treatment of anorectal disease. He has pursued multiple research projects on colon cell adhesion, clinical outcomes, and quality of life studies.

In addition to being board certified in general surgery, Dr. Kavic has authored or co-authored 25 peer-reviewed scientific papers and chapters. He is also a member of the Association for Surgical Education, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

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Susan B. Kesmodel, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Susan Kesmodel is an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Kesmodel was a surgical oncology fellow and clinical specialist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Kesmodel continued her training as a general surgery intern and resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before serving as a surgical oncology fellow at M.D. Anderson.

Dr. Kesmodel specializes in gastrointestinal tumors, pancreatic cancer and melanoma, and is board certified in surgery.

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Mark D. Kligman, MD, FACS 
Head, Bariatric Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Dr. Mark Kligman, an expert in minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery, is head of Bariatric Surgery, assistant professor of surgery, and director of the Center for Weight Management and Wellness at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has performed more than 400 laparoscopic Roux-en-Y operations in the past five years with an outstanding rate of success.

A trained trauma surgeon, Dr. Kligman developed an interest in bariatric surgery while at the Medical College of Ohio, where he served as division chief of trauma/critical care/emergency services and medical director of the surgical intensive care unit. Eventually, he decided to devote the majority of his practice to weight loss surgery.

He received his medical degree from Wayne State University. In addition to a residency and research fellowship at the University of Maryland, he completed fellowships in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at the University of Miami. He has written many articles and given numerous presentations on laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery

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Jonathan P. Pearl, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Jonathan Pearl, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of General and Oncologic Surgery. He is a nationally recognized expert in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Surgical Endoscopy. His clinical practice focuses on complicated surgical disorders of the esophagus and stomach. He also has expertise in repair of complex hernias, including multiply recurrent hernias.

Dr Pearl is widely published in leading surgical journals and textbooks. His clinical research focuses on hernia outcomes and techniques. He also has an interest in surgical simulation and resident education.

Dr Pearl joins the faculty at the University of Maryland after serving 13 years in the United States Navy as a General Surgeon. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and received his fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopy and Endoscopy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.

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Douglas J. Turner, MD 
Associate Professor of Surgery

Dr. Turner is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and staff surgeon at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System in Baltimore.

Dr. Turner was a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University, earning a B.S. in chemistry, before going to medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his general surgery residency training at the University of Michigan, where he also served as administrative chief resident.

Dr. Turner's clinical interests include thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He's also a very active researcher, dating back to John Hopkins, where he studied models of intestinal apoptosis in ischemia reperfusion models with Timothy G. Buchman, M.D., Ph.D. He also completed a research fellowship while at Michigan, and was awarded an NIH training fellowship in Surgical Gastroenterology under the supervision of Michael W. Mulholland, M.D., Ph.D. During this time he received both the Frederick A. Coller Surgical Society Research Fellowship and the Milton J. Bryant/Margaret Arnold Research Award.

He continues his active interest in research with co-mentors Barbara L. Bass, M.D. and Jian-Ying Wang, M.D., Ph.D. His research investigates the molecular mechanisms through which intestinal epithelial migration is regulated after wounding. For this effort he has received the Frederick Plugge Faculty Research Award, the C. James Carrico Faculty Research Fellowship through the American College of Surgeons, and recently a Research Career Development Award through the VA. He has authored or co-authored 16 peer-reviewed scientific papers and chapters. He is also a member of the ACS, AAS, SAGES, SSAT and the AVAS.

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