For Immediate Release October 26, 2021


Karen Warmkessel:

More than 300 physicians in 109 specialties and sub-specialties who provide care across University of Maryland Medical System hospitals have been recognized as "Top Doctors" in the November 2021 issue of Baltimore magazine. Of the doctors recognized, 141 practice at the System's flagship academic hospital, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and are also on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has made the past year and a half an incredibly challenging time in healthcare," said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS. "Having so many physicians recognized by their colleagues is a true testament to the incredible commitment and determination displayed on the frontlines every day across our System by staff who are delivering compassionate, high-quality healthcare."

"This recognition of our academic medical staff highlights their dedication to our mission, which is to deliver superior health care," said Bert W. O'Malley, MD, President and CEO of UMMC. "The power of the partnership between UMMC and the UM School of Medicine drives our unique brand of compassionate, discovery-based care."

The "Top Doctors" results are based on Baltimore magazine's annual survey of roughly 14,000 physicians in the Baltimore region who were asked to name the best doctors in more than 130 specialties and subspecialties. Names of nearly 20,000 physicians were submitted, and only those who received the highest number of recommendations by their peers made the list.

UMMS hospitals represented in "Top Docs" include the University of Maryland Medical Center – Downtown Campus; University of Maryland Medical Center – Midtown Campus; University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center; University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center; University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital and University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute.

Our "top doctors" are listed below by specialty.

About the University of Maryland Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is comprised of two hospital campuses in Baltimore: the 800-bed flagship institution of the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the 200-bed UMMC Midtown Campus. Both campuses are academic medical centers for training physicians and health professionals and for pursuing research and innovation to improve health. UMMC's downtown campus is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurosciences, advanced cardiovascular care, and women's and children's health, and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the downtown campus are clinical faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The UMMC Midtown Campus medical staff is predominately faculty physicians specializing in a wide spectrum of medical and surgical subspecialties, primary care for adults and children and behavioral health. UMMC Midtown has been a teaching hospital for 140 years and is located one mile away from the downtown campus. For more information, visit




Clinical Genetics


Diabetes Care

Emergency Medicine


Environmental/Occupational Health

Family Medicine


Gastroenterology–Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Gynecologic Oncology


Hospitalist Medicine

Hyperbaric Medicine

Intensivists/Critical Care

Internal Medicine–General

Maternal–Fetal Medicine





Neurology–Movement Disorder


Oncology–Bone Marrow Transplant





Optometry (non-MD)

Orthopedic Oncology

Otolaryngology–Adult General

Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Malignancies

Palliative Medicine


Podiatry (non-MD)


Radiation Oncology


Rheumatology/Clinical Immunology

Sports Medicine (Non-Surgical)



  • Rena Malik, MD


Surgical Specialties


Bariatric Surgery

Cardiac Surgery–Mitral Valve/Aortic Valve/Coronary Artery Bypass


  • Andrea Bafford, MD

Cosmetic Surgery–Breast/Body Contouring

Dermatologic Surgery

Emergency Surgery

General Cosmetic Surgery

General Surgery


Oral Maxillofacial

Orthopedic Surgery–Foot and Ankle

Orthopedic Surgery–Hand

Orthopedic Surgery–Joint

Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine

Plastic Surgery–Reconstructive

Prostate Cancer Surgery

Regional Anesthesiology

Spine Surgery

Surgical Oncology

Thoracic Surgery



  • Joseph Scalea, MD


Vascular Surgery

Pediatric Specialties

Adolescent Medicine

General Pediatric Surgery

General Pediatrics

Pediatric Allergy

Pediatric Anesthesia

Pediatric Behavior & Development

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

  • Joseph Forbess, MD

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Endocrinology

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine

Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Pediatric Nephrology

Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric Ophthalmology

Pediatric Orthopedics

Pediatric Psychiatry

Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric Rheumatology

Pediatric Urology