About Our Center – Surgical Oncology at Mercy
Surgical Oncology at Mercy in Baltimore is widely recognized for its highly skilled cancer surgeons - known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for their wealth of experience in treating patients with cancer including melanoma/skin cancer, abdominal/stomach cancer, gastrointestinal cancer as well as thyroid cancer.
Patients Inspire Mercy Cancer Doctors to be the Best
Surgical Oncology at Mercy brings together a select team of cancer doctors and health care professionals, leading edge technology and research, state-of-the-art Operating Rooms and Magnet Nursing status patient care services to identify the best possible treatment options for patients with cancer of the digestive system, liver, pancreas and thyroid. In addition to treating abdominal and gastrointestinal tract cancers, the Surgical Oncology doctors at Mercy specialize in treating patients with melanoma and advanced skin cancers.
Mercy values a multidisciplinary approach – garnering the best from the best – to gain effective treatment outcomes. Our cancer doctors work in close collaboration with patients, family members, physicians in Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology, specially trained oncology nurses in Outpatient Chemotherapy, dietitians, primary care physicians, Mercy’s Nurse Navigator and other appropriate cancer specialists to develop carefully designed treatment plans to address the needs of each individual patient. This expertise and combined knowledge is often what gives patients an added advantage in managing their physical condition as well as their emotional concerns and day-to-day routine.
Physician Leadership at the Heart of Mercy Excellence
Surgical Oncology at Mercy is led by Medical Director, Dr. Armando Sardi, whose celebrated reputation has earned local and international acclaim. Dr. Sardi has been named a Top Doc in Baltimore magazine and distinguished in Colombia, South America as one of the 100 Most Influential Expatriates – an honor received, in part, for the medical care he provides through the non-profit organization, Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention.
Patients often seek out Dr. Sardi and his colleague Dr. Vadim Gushchin for their expertise in Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, more commonly known as HIPEC. This innovative procedure for treating late stage, complex, abdominal cancers often can be a lifesaving treatment option. Mercy's medical team leads Heat It to Beat It, an annual fundraising event to support research aimed to continually improve outcomes for patients facing these complex diagnoses.
Dr. Vadim Gushchin serves as Director of The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mercy as well as Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology, a department within Surgical Oncology at Mercy. He provides patients expertise in robotic surgery as well as advanced surgical techniques such as isolated limb infusion (ILI) for melanoma treatment and HIPEC. Dr. Gushchin keeps a steady eye on the latest oncology research and has been instrumental in directing Mercy’s Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. Dr. Gushchin spearheads the continuing medical education program for Surgical Oncology at Mercy, welcoming physicians from across the United States to Mercy to learn, train and collaborate with many of the foremost experts in the Surgical Oncology field. He also has studied the treatment of advanced gastric cancer at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Kurtis Campbell, an accomplished surgical oncologist, offers patients vast expertise in pancreatic and hepatobilliary (liver, bile ducts and gallbladder) surgery. He also brings years of operating room experience to the gastrointestinal and complex abdominal surgeries he performs. Other surgical oncology doctors and primary care physicians refer patients to Dr. Campbell for his expertise in performing the Whipple procedure – an intricate operation to remove the head of the pancreas, a portion of the stomach and other nearby tissues.
Commission on Cancer Awards Full Accreditation
Excellence. We strive to exceed that standard every day. In patient care. In patient satisfaction. In the eyes of those who review and evaluate us. Surgical Oncology at Mercy is a Center of Excellence within The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy where the staff works so closely with patients that it is not uncommon for lasting bonds of friendships to form.
Cards, thank you notes, personal remembrances and hearing the words “in remission” or “cancer free” remind us daily that “excellence” comes in many forms but mostly in the gratifying and rewarding work we do on behalf of our patients. Affirmation also comes in being recognized by the American College of Surgeons and the Commission on Cancer which designated The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy as an approved cancer program.
Award-winning Facilities Complement Outstanding Cancer Program
Surgical Oncology at Mercy is located in The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center in Downtown Baltimore. Patients who require an overnight stay will find expansive, homelike patient rooms on Mercy’s dedicated Oncology Floor in the Main Hospital, The Mary Catherine Bunting Center. Mercy offers patients and their families a full array of comforts and conveniences across our campus, including a variety of eateries, gift shops, pastoral care and Chapel services, parking facilities attached to each campus building by easy-access all-weather bridges, valet service at the main entrance of each building and complementary Wi-Fi and satellite TV service.
In addition to seeing patients at Mercy’s main hospital campus, our cancer doctors also have office hours at our Mercy Community Physician sites in Lutherville, Overlea and Glen Burnie.