Daniel Marchalik, MD,MA is the Medical Director of Physician Wellbeing at MedStar Health. He also serves as the Director of Ambulatory Urologic Surgery and Medical Education at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Marchalik offers a variety of treatment options of kidney stone disease, including enodoscopic laser surgery, minimally invasive extracorporeal shock wave therapy, and percutaneous treatment of large stone disease. Dr. Marchalik places a strong emphasis on preventative care such as medical and dietary modifications for the prevention of kidney stones.
He also specializes in the use of noninvasive, minimally invasive, and endoscopic methods to treat some of the most common conditions in urology such as voiding difficulty caused by prostate enlargement. He offers a variety of treatment options, including green light laser therapy for BPH.
His clinical interests include medical and surgical treatment of stone disease as well as the use of advanced imaging techniques specifically, the innovative use of ultrasound and MRI fusion to analyze the health of the urinary tract. Dr. Marchalik's focus on and experience with MRI-fusion biopsy of the prostate can provide patients with important and necessary information that may help guide their treatment.
Dr. Marchalik completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He then stayed at Rutgers to receive his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and was inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society. He completed his internship and residency training with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
As the author of a monthly column in the Lancet, Dr. Marchalik dedicates his time to literature, medicine, and medical education. His interest in literature has helped him craft a depth of care that is unique in the field of surgery. He is the creator and director of the Literature and Medicine Track at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Marchalik has completed a master's degree in English Literature at Georgetown University.
Philosophy of Care
"There's a tremendous value in carefully listening to patients and taking the time to discuss values and preferences that are important to each individual. I spend a lot of time thinking about and writing about the patient's perspective as well as understanding the value of patient stories.
In situations that may provoke anxiety, I help my patients feel as comfortable as possible and make sure that they feel that they are being listened to.
Through clear communication, I help my patients understand the diagnosis and treatment process in order to empower them when making decisions regarding their health. With each diagnosis, there are multiple treatment options. The right choice depends as much on the patient as it does on the disease process."
Marchalik D, Jurecic A. "Suffering in the Age of Technology." Lancet. Dec 2016.
Jurecic A, Marchalik D. "Breathing Lessons: Reading Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air." Lancet. Nov 2016.
Jurecic A, Marchalik D. "Distorted Memories: Literary Perspective on HM and Memories." Lancet. Oct 2016;388(10054):1874. PMID: 27751389
Jurecic A, Marchalik D. "After Plague." Lancet. Aug 2016;388(10044):553.
Jurecic A, Marchalik D. "Perspectives on Mortality." Lancet. Jul 2016;388(10039):19. PMID: 27397781
Marchalik D, Jurecic A. "The Surgical Theater." Lancet. Jun 2016;387(10036):2371. PMID: 27312296
Jurecic A, Marchalik D. "Emotion, Error, and Redemption." Lancet. May 2016;387(10031):1897. PMID: 27203640
Marchalik D, Jurecic A. "Kazuo Ishiguro's Uncanny Science." Lancet. Apr 2016;387(10026):1365. PMID: 27115806
Jurecic A, Marchalik D. "The Literary Legacy of Oliver Sacks." Lancet. Feb 2016;387(10021):835. PMID: 26972068
Marchalik D, Jurecic A. "The Judgment Dilemma." Lancet. Jan 2016;387(10016):330. PMID: 26842411
Marchalik D, Jurecic A. "We the Animals." Lancet. Nov 2015;386(10009):2132. PMID: 26638955
Jurecic A, Marchalik D. "Examining Empathy." Lancet. Oct 2015;386(10004):1618. PMID: 26595622
Marchalik D, Jurecic A. "Stories for Survival." Lancet. Sep 2015;386(10000):1230. PMID: 26460648
Marchalik D, Jurecic A. "Novel Remedies." Lancet. Sep 2015;386(10000):1223. PMID: 26460642
Marchalik D. "Saving the Professionalism Course." Lancet. Jun 2015;385(9985):2346-7. PMID: 26088632
McDaniel C, Marchalik D. "Drawing a Line In Research." BMJ. Aug 2016. Available online
McDaniel C, Marchalik D. "Survival is a Myth." BMJ. Jul 2016. Available online.
McDaniel C, Marchalik D. "Considering Patient Stories Through Adam
Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son." BMJ. May 2016. Available online.
McDaniel C, Marchalik D. "Huruki Murakami's The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Complexity of Grief." BMJ. Apr 2016. Available online
Marchalik D. "Rethinking Medical Education–In Defense of Fiction." BMJ. Mar 2014 Available online
McAleese S, Marchalik D. "Cura Personalis in the Age of Healing." Invited response to Ventres W. "Healing" Ann Fam Med. Jan 2016:14(1):76-78. PMID: 26755787
Marchalik D. "We Doctors See Death All Around Us, But We Don't Like to Think About Our Own." The Washington Post. Aug 15, 2016.
Marchalik D. "Reading Novels at Medical School." The New York Times. Jun 23, 2016.
Marchalik D. "Gender Dysphoria is Killing Transgender Kids. Why Aren't We Talking About It?" Slate. May 19, 2016.
Marchalik D. "Yes, Your Doctor Really Needs to Ask You About Your Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity." Slate. Feb 29, 2016.
Marchalik D. "Teaching LGBT Issues in the New Era of Medical Education." Slate. Feb 5, 2016.
Shaw N, Marchalik D, Stamatakis L. "Incidentally Discovered Urachal Cancer in a Patient with Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Abdominal Wall." BMJ Case Reports. Apr 2016. PMID: 27118740
Fisher H, Island H, Rich J, Marchalik D, Brown L. "Four Broad Temperament
Dimensions: Description and Comparison with the Big Five." Frontiers in Psychology. July 2015. PMID: 26284018
Marchalik D, Krishnan J, Verghese M, Venkatesan K. "Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma of the Bladder with Intravesical Cervical Insertion." BMJ Case Reports. June 2015. PMID: 26109625
Lee N, Marchalik D, Lipsky A, Rushton H, Pohl H, Song X. "Risk Factors for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in a Pediatric Institution." Journal of Urology. Apr 2015; PMID: 25858421.
Kwon Y, Ha Y, Modi P, Salmasi A, Parihar J, Patel N, Faiena I, May M, Lee D, Llukani E, Patrick T, Rha K, Ahlering T, Sharecky D, Ahn H, Choi S, Pakr S, Jeon S, Ou Y, Eun D, Albala D, Badani K, Yuh B, Wilson T, Kwon T, Marchalik Marchalik 5
D, Hwang J, Kim W, Kim I. "Oncologic Outcomes in Men with Metastasis to the Prostatic Anterior Fat Pad Lymph Nodes: a -Institutional International Study." BMC Urology. Aug 2015;15(1):79. PMID: 26231860
Marchalik D, Triest J, Wright H, Bandi G. "Use of 'Off-the-Shelf' Extraceluular Matrix Graft Material for Repair of Testicular Rupture: A Novel Technique." UROLOGY. Sep 2014;84(3):719-721. PMID:25168558
Marchalik D, Hill F, Wright H, Vora A. "The Use of Intralesional Collagenase In the Treatment of Peyronie's Disease." World Journal of Clinical Urology. Nov 2014;3(3):364-369.
Vora A, Marchalik D, Nassim H, Kowalczyk K, Bandi G, McGeagh K, Lynch J, Venkatesan K, Hwang J. "Multi-Institutional Outcomes and Cost Effectiveness of
Using Alvimopan to Lower Gastrointestinal Morbidity After Cystectomy and Urinary Diversion." Canadian Journal of Urology. Apr 2014;21(2):7222-7. PMID:24775576
Vora A, Marchalik D, Kowalczyk K, Nassim H, Bandi G, McGeagh K, Lynch J, Ghasemian R, Verghese M, Venkatesan K, Borges P, Uchio E, Hwang J. "Robotic-Assisted Prostatectomy and Open Radical Prostatectomy For Locally-Advanced Prostate Cancer: Multi-Institutional Comparison of Oncologic Outcomes." Prostate International. Mar 2013;1(1)31-36. PMID: 24223399
Vora A, Larg T, Aronia J, Haynes S, Harbin A, Marchalik D, Nassim H, Lynch J, Bandi G, McGeagh K, Kowalczyk K, Ghasemian R, Venkatesan K, Verghese M, Hwang J. "Predictors of Gleason Score Upgrading in a Large African-American Population." International Urology and Nephrology. Jul 2013;45(5):1257-62. PMID: 23864415
Vora A, Harbin A, Marchalik D, Nassim H, Verghese M, Bandi G, Hwang J. "Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Simple Prostatectomy in Men With Bladder Outlet Obstruction: Modified Urinary Reconstruction Leading to Improving Perioperative Outcomes." Journal of Endourology: Part B: Videourology. Apr 2013;27(3).
Shiroff A, Gale S, Martin N, Marchalik D, Petrov D, Ahmed H, Rotondo M, Gracias V. "Penetrating Neck Trauma: A Review of Management Strategies and Discussion of the 'No Zone' Approach." The American Surgeon. Jan 2013;79(1):23-29. PMID: 23317595
Fisher HE, Rich J, Island H, Marchalik D. "The Second to Fourth Digit Ratio: A Measure of Two Hormonally-based Temperament Dimensions." Personality and Individual Difference, Nov 2010;49(7):773-7.
Singer E, Gupta G, Marchalik D, Srinivasan R. "Evolving Therapeutic Targets in Renal Cell Carcinoma." Current Opinion in Oncology. May 2013;25(3):237-280. PMID: 23455028
Marchalik D, Lipsky A, Petrov D, Harvel JD, Milgraum S. "Dermatological Presentations of Orthopedic Pathologies: A Review of Diagnosis and Treatment." American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. Oc 2012;13(5):293-310. PMID: 22494476
Petrov D, Marchalik D, Sosin M, Bal A. "Factors Affecting Duration of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Pediatric Patient." Indian Journal of Pediatrics. Jan 2012;79(1):52-5. PMID: 21617905
Petrov D, Marchalik D, Lipsky A, Milgraum S. "Asymptomatic Enlargement of the Clavicle: A Review of Underlying Aetiologies." Acta Orthopaedica Belgica. Dec 2010;76(6):715-8. PMID: 21302566
Fisher HE, Island H, Marchalik D, Rich J. "Temperament as a Biological Mechanism for Mate Choice: A Hypothesis and Preliminary Data." Family Relationships: An Evolutionary Perspective. Todd Shackelford and Catherine Salmon, Eds. Oxford University Press, 2007:275-312 ISBN#: 0195320514
Marchalik, D. "Humanitarian Education of Physicians." Essays on Medical Law and Ethics. Anatoly P. Zilber. Moscow: MedPressInform, 2008