Childbirth Classes and Maternity Tours

Due to COVID-19 all MedStar Washington Hospital Center Maternity Tours are suspended until further notice.

childbirth classes and maternity tours

MedStar Washington Hospital Center has partnered with Mamatoto Village to help families prepare for the new baby's arrival. Our childbirth classes and maternity tours are designed so you learn more about prepared childbirth, breast-feeding, infant care and safety, parenting skills, and more!

If you have any questions about our maternity tours, please call 202-877-6161.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Podcast Library

Medical Intel:

The inside story of advances in health care that can make a difference for you and your family

Welcome to Medical Intel, MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s podcast library! 

Tune in to hear the latest in health and wellness news, straight from our team of physicians and healthcare specialists.
Whether it’s advice on managing an illness or condition, or details of the technology providing revolutionary treatment to our patients, find it here on Medical Intel.

Visit often to keep up with new topics for health and wellness.


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Our Services

Comprehensive Outpatient and Inpatient Services for Rheumatic Diseases

MedStar Washington Hospital Center rheumatologists have a long tradition of providing exceptional patient care, training the next generation of rheumatic disease specialists, and conducting cutting-edge research to develop innovative new treatment approaches.

Because these disorders often are complex and involve more than one organ system, patients benefit from ready access to a host of experts and to holistic patient management. The division works closely with other medical subspecialists to provide expert consultation and state-of-the-art approaches to patient management. This systemic approach to treatment for these multi-organ diseases helps improve patient outcomes, as well as their quality of life.

Inpatient and Outpatient Services

Our specialists provide inpatient care to patients with rheumatologic disorders and are on-call 24-hours-a-day to provide expert consultation to patients throughout MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the region’s busiest referral hospital center.

State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities, such as angiography, CT angiography, cardiac MRI, PET-CT and 3.0 Tesla MRI, ultrasound, and DEXA screening for bone density are important tools to pinpoint diagnosis. The division also has its own dedicated musculoskeletal ultrasound—the latest in ultrasound technology.

Our medical team provides the full-range of advanced treatment options for patients, including outpatient infusion services for administration of the latest biologic therapies.

Clinical Trials

Members of the medical team are researchers, who have led numerous investigations of new treatments. They serve as investigators for national studies and as consultants providing their expertise in the design of clinical research.

Our patients benefit from access to participation in ongoing clinical trials of new therapies for a number of rheumatic diseases including:

  •  Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus/ Connective tissue disorders
  • Gout
  • Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis
  • Vasculitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleroderma
  • Other forms of arthritis and rare autoimmune disorders

Speciality Clinics

The division also offers three unique outpatient clinics that provide comprehensive diagnosis and disease management and that are staffed by rheumatologists with specialized training and experience.

  • Arthritis Clinic
  • Lupus Clinic
  • Rheumatology-Neurology Clinic (For patients with neurologic complications from rheumatic diseases)

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Urologic Robotic Surgery

Urological Robotic Surgery for the Treatment of Malignant and Benign Conditions

When medication and other non-surgical treatments are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery may be recommended as a treatment option. At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, our urology specialists perform minimally invasive robotic surgery using the da Vinci  .

The da Vinci® Surgical System allows physicians to perform minimally invasive procedures through small incisions using robotic technology. The robot's unique EndoWrist instruments offer physicians the dexterity not available to them when using conventional laparoscopic instruments. By offering the surgeon, urologist or oncologist a high-definition 3-D view, the da Vinci surgical robot allows physicians to better distinguish vital muscles and delicate nerve tissues surrounding the operative area, preserving them.

Our Urological Robotic Surgery Specialists

Dr. Jonathan Hwang is the Chairman of Urology, the Director of Robotic Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and an Associate Professor in Urology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Since 2003, he has completed more than 2,700 robotic surgeries including over 2,300 robotic prostatectomies to date. He is considered one of the foremost robotic surgery experts in urologic oncology in the mid-Atlantic region.

Dr. Lambros Stamatakis is leading minimally invasive, robotic surgery at the Hospital Center. His training includes a specialized fellowship in Endourology/Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine, which has built a strong foundation for his experience with minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Ross E Krasnow has extensive experience using robotic and minimally invasive surgical techniques for both cancer excision and reconstruction. He is fellowship trained in Urologic Oncology at Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital). Dr. Krasnow specializes in robotic partial nephrectomy (transabdominal and retroperitoneal), nephroureterectomy, radical nephrectomy, radical cystectomy for bladder cancer, female anterior exenteration for bladder cancer, robotic intracorporeal urinary diversion, upper urinary tract reconstruction, and robotic radical prostatectomy.

Beneficial Treatments Using Robotic Surgery

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men not involving the skin. Often times, men won’t notice any health problems, as prostate cancer tends to grow slowly. The treatment for prostate cancer is dependent on the patient’s specific diagnosis. Your physician will work in conjunction with you to decide which treatment option is best.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy is the most common robotic surgery performed by the Urology Department at the Hospital Center. During the procedure, the prostate gland and the seminal vesicles are removed. This treatment is highly precise, contributing to its reputation as the standard of care for prostate cancer surgery.

Bladder Cancer

The bladder is a hollow muscular organ located in the lower part of the abdomen that collects and stores urine from the kidneys until it is passed out of the body. Typically, blood in the urine is the first indication of bladder cancer. However, bladder cancer may also cause a constant urge to urinate, even when the bladder is empty, and urinating more often than usual. These symptoms may also be related to non-cancerous conditions. For this reason, if you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to speak with your doctor.

Robotic-assisted cystectomy is a minimally invasive surgical method for the treatment of bladder cancer. This procedure offers bladder cancer patients the prospect of a more effective surgery and less problematic post-surgical recovery. Minimally-invasive, robotic technology allows surgeons to make smaller incisions, which spare vital, but delicate, nerve and muscle tissue. Following a robotic cystectomy procedure, patients experience a shorter hospital stay, fewer complications, and a faster recovery time.

The treatment for bladder cancer is dependent on the patient’s specific diagnosis. Your physician will work in conjunction with you to decide what treatment option is best.

Kidney Cancer

Each year, more than 50,000 individuals are diagnosed with kidney cancer. For many, kidney cancer is discovered when imaging procedures are performed for other conditions. For some, abdominal pain, back pain or anemia may indicate the presence of kidney cancer.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy delivers the efficacy of open surgery with a safe method for removing small renal tumors, while preserving surrounding kidney tissue. Using a near-infrared camera and a benign tracer that is injected into the blood, surgeons are able to see the blood supply to the kidney and tumor, as well as differentiate cancerous tissue from normal kidney tissue. This allows for better control of the kidney's blood supply, potentially less injury to the area surrounding the kidney, and limits the risk of leaving any tumor behind.

This minimally-invasive technique leaves patients with less discomfort and allows them shorter hospital stays, earlier return to daily activities and smaller incisions.

Upper Urinary Tract Reconstruction

There are benign conditions of the upper urinary tract that may require reconstruction. These conditions include ureteropelvic junction obstruction and ureteral obstruction.

Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction

Ureteropelvic junction obstruction is a condition where a blockage occurs where the ureter (the tube that drains urine from the kidney to the bladder) and the kidney meet. This blockage may cause urine to build up in the kidneys.

Robotic-assisted laparoscopic pyeloplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure used to repair congenital or acquired narrowing or scarring of the ureteropelvic junction. During pyeloplasty, the obstruction is removed and the urinary tract is then reconstructed. Damage caused by the buildup of fluid pressure is repaired before the ureter and the kidney are sutured back together.

This minimally-invasive procedure incorporates the same efficacy and safety as open surgery with less post-operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, and earlier return to work and daily activities.

Ureteral Obstruction

Ureteral obstruction may be acquired in situations where a blockage in the ureter prevents urine from passing easily from the kidney into the bladder. Additionally, a ureteral obstruction may occur due to the ureter having been damaged during a surgery in the abdomen or after gynecologic surgery.

If the ureter is damaged, it may be possible to reattach the ureter to the bladder with ureteral reimplantation. The Hospital Center's state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic surgical system allows doctors to perform a precise, minimally invasive procedure through a few tiny incisions with enhanced vision, dexterity and control.

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Our Infectious Disease Experts Provide Care in Two Locations 

Infectious Disease Outpatient Clinic

110 Irving Street NW
Room 1A50B
Washington, DC 20010


Infectious Disease Medical Staff Offices

110 Irving Street, NW
Suite 2A-56
Washington, DC 20010

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Why Choose Us

Why Choose Us

  • Our medical team represents expertise in a broad range of infectious diseases—and provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and individualized treatment utilizing the most advanced therapies.
  • The hospital’s infectious disease division is the busiest in the region, treating more patients than any other area hospital.
  • Our outpatient clinic provides the full scope of services for patients who require ongoing care and support to live their most productive lives.
  • Our medical team also provides consultation for hospitalized patients who have an active infection or a chronic infectious disease—and for those who need speedy evaluation and diagnosis to ensure recovery.
  • A home care nursing service provides critical follow-up care—including home infusion services—following hospitalization to promote patients’ continued recovery.
  • The division provides important psycho-social support to help patients cope with their disease and live a full life despite their illness.
  • The division is a recipient of Ryan White funding, which supports a program to provide medical care, case management, as well as peer navigator and social work services to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Our Travel Clinic provides an array of services—including preventive care, vaccinations, and treatment for international travelers.
  • We are a center for graduate medical education, offering a much sought-after fellowship for physicians who wish to specialize in the field of infectious diseases.

Our Skilled Team of Infectious Disease Specialists

Our team of infectious disease specialists are board certified physicians with years of training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of the full-range of infections.  

In addition to clinical responsibilities, team members are academicians, training a new generation of infectious disease specialists through the hospital’s sought-after fellowship program.

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Visit the Eye Center

Your Vision is Important to Us

They say that the eyes are the windows to your soul. Here at the Eye Center at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, we treat not only your vision, but use your eyes to detect possible trouble in other parts of your body. An eye examination can include looking at blood vessels without resorting to surgery or using a camera – anomalies in these vessels inside the eye can be an alert to possible diabetes or high blood pressure. In addition, an ophthalmologist can test your eyes for possible glaucoma, an as-yet incurable eye disease that often goes undetected without regular ophthalmic examinations.

About the Eye Center

Originally founded in 1897 as the Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, it formed Washington Hospital Center in 1958 by merging with 2 other local hospitals (Emergency Hospital and Garfield Hospital). The Eye Center boasts the first residency program of any kind in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a comprehensive eye care facility, divided into 14 clinical areas: glaucoma, retina, ocular motility, contact lenses, low vision, cornea, oculoplastics, orbital disease, uveitis, neuro-ophthalmology, diagnostic testing, minor surgery and lasers, and, of course, general ophthalmology, which includes cataract evaluation. Most ophthalmic surgery is performed in 2 OR suites reserved for ophthalmic surgery. Our patients receive care from a battery of ophthalmic specialists, including faculty ophthalmologists, ophthalmologists-in-training, and technicians. Our goal is to provide the very best eye care possible to all members of the Washington, DC, Area community, regardless of financial status. Patients are first assessed by our residents, then immediately afterwards by one of our attending faculty ophthalmologists.

Ophthalmic Conditions We Diagnose and Treat 

  • Cataract
  • All glaucomas
  • Retinal detachment and macular holes
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration
  • Corneal abrasions and corneal ulcers
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Myopia, amblyopia and presbyopia
  • Dry eye and blepharitis
  • Chalazion
  • Diplopia and strabismus
  • Pterygium
  • Orbital fractures and globe ruptures
  • Much more

Cataract Examinations and Surgery Services

Annual Statistics:

  • 20,000+ patient procedures
  • 2000+ total surgeries
  • 500+ resident surgeries
  • 12,000+ cataract/general evaluations
  • 4,500+ glaucoma evaluations
  • 2,500+ retina evaluations

Our Eye Center Team

The Eye Center is extremely proud of its 100 attending faculty ophthalmologists, 18 residents and 2 retina fellows. Our chair, Jay M. Lustbader, MD, is a well-known cornea specialist and also chairs the department of ophthalmology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. Our residency program director, Michael Summerfield, MD, is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and has dedicated himself to our residents and our residency program, which is considered one of the finest in the country.


Contact Us Today

To make an appointment, please call 202-877-EYES (3937). Press option1 to schedule an appointment, option 2 for all other calls.

Patient Information

When you arrive for your appointment, please be sure to have your insurance card and a valid photo ID, as well as a list of your current medications, if any, and copies of any recent eye exams performed elsewhere, if available. Our hours are 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Our Location

The Eye Center is located in Suite 1A-19 of the main Medstar Washington Hospital Center Building, on the 1st Floor just inside the bus entrance.


Winter Weather Update

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for our region from Friday afternoon, Jan. 22, through 6 a.m. Sunday morning.  Current predictions are for heavy snow and wind to affect our area, with snow accumulations of anywhere from 18 to 30 inches.

The Hospital Center is open and fully operational for our community. Please do everything you can to keep yourself and your families safe. New information will be posted here as the situation changes. Thank you.

Friday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m.: 

The outpatient physician practices plan to close by noon today (Friday, Jan. 22, 2016) for the safety of our patients and associates. The office staff of the practices are currently calling patients to reschedule everyone who has an appointment scheduled for this afternoon.  If you have an appointment today at one of our outpatient offices and you haven’t heard from the practice to confirm your appointment, please contact the office directly before coming to the hospital.  Stay safe and we look forward to serving you either this morning or on another day that is convenient for you.


Comprehensive Pituitary Care

RonTekel_PituitaryPatient_9906FinalIt started several years ago, when Ronald Tekel went to his doctor in Arizona for a routine checkup. A blood test revealed a high calcium level. Months later, an endocrinologist conducted further tests, which showed an irregularity in a hormone called human growth factor. 

Then Tekel relocated to Bethesda. Additional tests confirmed other hormone levels were abnormal, which indicated a problem with the pituitary gland. He was referred to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where a team of pituitary specialists could examine him and develop a treatment plan.

Edward Aulisi, MD, a neurosurgeon who specializes in endocrine tumors, confirmed an unusual condition: acromegaly, a benign pituitary tumor in the base of his skull.

“The signs had been there all along,” Tekel says, “but they were subtle,” He had a jutting jaw and his shoe size was increasing, both characteristic of acromegaly.

The tumor needed to be removed. In the May 2015 surgery, Stanley Chia, MD, otolaryngology, created a small tunnel under Tekel’s upper lip into his nasal cavity, and opened the sinus where the tumor was located. Dr. Aulisi then removed the tumor without opening his skull.

“The surgery was on a Monday, and I went home on Thursday,” Tekel, now 59, recalls. After two weeks, he was enjoying all the activities of daily living, and with more energy. “I was very happy with the care and direction I received,” he says. “The doctors took a wider view of my body and me to come up with the right diagnosis.”

This is but one case that showcases the expertise of the MedStar Pituitary Center, the region’s only such program, located at the Hospital Center. The Center integrates care in one place to diagnose and treat the full gamut of pituitary conditions.

The Pituitary Gland and Tumors

The pituitary gland produces hormones that travel around the body directing specific processes. The size of a pea, it is located at the base of the brain. Several kinds of tumors can occur, and almost all are not cancerous. Some tumors secrete too much hormone, others secrete too little; either condition may require medical treatment or surgery. Pituitary tumors can also press on other areas of the brain, causing headaches, vision problems and other side effects.

That’s why a pituitary tumor requires the expertise of several different kinds of specialists. An endocrinologist manages hormone irregularities; a neuroophthalmologist addresses vision problems; a neuroradiologist interprets imaging results; an otolaryngologist specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery; a neurosurgeon specializes in brain surgery. Together, these specialists can diagnose precisely what is going wrong and devise the best treatment plan. “This is one of only a few programs that is focused on pituitary treatment,” Dr. Chia says. “We offer a true multidisciplinary approach. 

“We provide one-stop shopping for patients with all kinds of pituitary disorders,” says Dr. Aulisi, medical director of the Center. “We offer first opinions, second opinions, and we treat the most complicated cases.”

The Treatment Path

A patient coordinator schedules appointments and manages all facets of care. The patient sees all the doctors who may be involved in his or her care in one place at one time. The first step is evaluation and diagnosis. After a thorough physical exam, the team can order blood work and sophisticated imaging tests that confirm the diagnosis.

After diagnosis, the team decides on the best course of action. For some patients, a “watch and wait” approach is best; others may benefit from medication to control the tumor’s growth; some need to have the tumor removed surgically.

The MedStar Pituitary Center performs the most advanced surgeries that offer the best outcomes with the least invasive surgery. Some patients, like Ronald Tekel, have tumors removed through tiny incisions under their upper lip. Other patients may have tumors removed through their nasal cavity. A few patients need a more extensive surgery through the skull.

Drs. Aulisi and Chia have years of experience working together and perform these kinds of surgery every week in a specially equipped operating room with image-guidance technology.

Because pituitary tumors can recur, long-term follow-up is required. Some recurrent tumors may respond to a special kind of intense, focused radiation, delivered by the hospital’s Gamma Knife. “We focus on developing long-term relationships with our patients,” Dr. Aulisi concludes. “This ensures the best results.”


Symptoms of Pituitary Tumors

  • Headaches
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Unintended weight loss or gain
  • Body hair loss or excess growth
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Infertility
  • Milky discharge from breasts
  • Coarsened facial features
  • Enlarged hands and feet

Why Choose Us for Pituitary Care

MedStar Pituitary Center: Why Choose Us?

From the moment you enter our facility, you are in the hands of the nation’s top pituitary experts. Our highly regarded team includes leaders in the fields of neurosurgery, otolaryngology, endocrinology and neuro-ophthalmology.

We provide everything you need, from diagnostic imaging to treatment to follow-up care. At our center, you will find:

  • Excellent outcomes: The high volume of patients we treat has led to outstanding outcomes with low rates of complications. Most of our patients experience remission of symptoms, able to live healthy lives without signs of pituitary disease.
  • Centralized care: We are a center of excellence for comprehensive evaluation and treatment of pituitary disorders. Our specialists work together to provide in-depth evaluation, a comprehensive treatment plan and meticulous follow-up tailored to each patient. Our clinic coordinator helps you navigate the treatment process and understand what to expect at every step.
  • Expertise: Our physicians have dedicated their careers to pituitary disorders. Research has shown that this type of focused expertise leads to better outcomes for patients. Our team includes:
    • Edward Aulisi, MD, one of the leading neurosurgeons in the country, with decades of experience in pituitary surgery.
    • Stanley Chia, MD, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist along with neurosurgery treat patients with pituitary disorders. Selected pituitary tumors can be removed via transnasal endoscopic approaches.
    • Martin Kolsky, MD, a neuro-ophthalmologist who specializes in the care for patients who have neurological-related vision problems, helping patients avoid losing their vision or restoring normal vision.
    • Susmeeta Sharma, MD, a neuro-endocrinologist who is an NIH-trained expert in evaluation and medical management for pituitary tumors and disorders.  
    • Kenneth Burman, MD, an endocrinologist who diagnoses and treats hormone imbalances. 
    • Joseph Verbalis, MD, an internationally renowned researcher, focusing on complex posterior pituitary tumors. At the MedStar Pituitary Center, we not only use the most innovative technology available today, but we are also actively involved in researching better treatment options for the future. 
  • Leading treatments: We have the top pituitary surgery team in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. But not everyone will need surgery. Our team develops a treatment plan that offers you the best long-term outcome. Treatment options can include medication, surgery, radiation therapy or watchful waiting. Learn more about pituitary tumor treatments.
  • Research: Our team has an unparalleled depth of expertise in treating pituitary tumors. We combine our years of experience with the latest research in pituitary care—much of it conducted right here at our center. Read more about our research.

Your Pituitary Gland: The Master Gland

The pituitary gland is small—about the size of a pea—but it is the body’s “master gland” due to its important role in regulating many of the body’s functions, including metabolism, growth, sexual maturation, reproduction and blood pressure. Because the pituitary gland is responsible for so much of your body’s activity, a pituitary tumor can cause many different and complex conditions. Learn more about understanding pituitary tumors.

Contact Us

Neuroscience Center, G019N
100 Irving Street, NW
Washington, D.C., 20010

To make an appointment, or for more information, contact us at 844-PITUITARY (748-8482).

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