Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at MedStar Health

What programs are in place for bloodless medicine and surgery at MedStar hospitals?

Programs for bloodless medicine and surgery are in place at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. and at MedStar Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Each of the remaining MedStar hospitals has a designated “champion” for bloodless medicine and surgery who serves as a consultant and liaison to MedStar’s bloodless programs to ensure that each patient is treated appropriately.

How have MedStar’s programs for bloodless medicine and surgery improved safety and quality at MedStar Health?

To answer that question, here are some brief comments by MedStar physicians participating in these programs:

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Sumner Gerald Sandler, MD

Sumner Gerald Sandler, MD, Medical Director of Transfusion Service, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital describes how bloodless medicine and surgery has improved quality and safety at MedStar Health.

Suman Rao, MD

Suman Rao, MD, Chief of Hematology, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center explains how she has developed new skills and a new viewpoint that enable her to treat patients successfully while respecting their right to refuse blood transfusion.

Hiep Dao, MD

Hiep Dao, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Co-Director of Bloodless Medicine & Surgery Program, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital describes how education in bloodless strategies and a multidisciplinary team approach has resulted in better outcomes.

Willard A. Barnes, Jr. MD

Willard A. Barnes, Jr. MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital explains how patients and the medical community have benefited from the application of bloodless strategies in gynecologic surgery and chemotherapy.