William O. Suddath, MD, Named Chairman of Cardiology

 Clinton, Maryland - MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is pleased to announce that William O. Suddath, MD, is the new Chairman of Cardiology and medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

Dr. Suddath is a highly experienced interventional cardiologist, having spent the last 22 years as an integral member of the renowned interventional cardiology team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is the program director for the interventional cardiology fellowship program which trains physicians in advanced cardiac catheterization skills. Dr. Suddath was instrumental in the start-up and growth of CodeHeart, our regional program which expedites the transport and treatment of heart attacks. Dr. Suddath is a Maryland native, and he has worked closely with southern Maryland physicians and EMS for over two decades.

"Bill Suddath will be able to build on the outstanding work already underway by our MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center physicians, leadership, and staff," said Stuart F. Seides, MD, physician executive director, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. "His proven leadership skills and clinical expertise will be invaluable in his role as the new team leader for our cardiovascular colleagues practicing in this region."

Earlier this year, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center was invited to join the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute-Cleveland Clinic alliance, after meeting the high-quality standards required of all members. This alliance between two nationally-recognized cardiac programs has accelerated improvements in heart care and research and resulted in even better outcomes for the patients served by the participating healthcare organizations.

"We are very pleased that Dr. Suddath is taking the leadership role in cardiology at our hospital," said Dr. Chile Ahaghotu, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. "He has an impeccable track record as a top notch clinician and teacher. His leadership will complement our unrelenting commitment to provide best-in-class cardiovascular services for the Southern Maryland community."

Southern Maryland residents have local access to physicians who specialize in cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology (heart rhythm experts), vascular surgery and vascular access surgery at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center located in Clinton, Maryland and at MedStar clinical offices throughout the Southern Maryland peninsula.


About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, located in Clinton, Maryland, is a 182-bed acute care hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland area. The hospital is focused on caring for patients and their loved ones utilizing advanced technology under the guidance of expert clinicians. Quality, Safety, Wellness, and Patient Satisfaction are achieved through a spirit of patient-centered services that connect us to the community we serve.

About MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a national leader in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. A network of 10 hospitals and 150 cardiovascular physicians throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, D.C., region, MedStar Heart also offers a clinical and research alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, the nation's #1 heart program. Together, they have forged a relationship of shared expertise to enhance quality, improve safety and increase access to advanced services. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute was founded at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, home to the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital. Opened in July 2016, the hospital ushered in a new era of coordinated, centralized specialty care for patients with even the most complex heart and vascular diagnoses.

William O. Suddath, MD

MedStar Southern Maryland Welcomes Cardiologist, Malik Al-Omari, MD

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute are pleased to announce that interventional cardiologist Dr. Malik Al-Omari will be joining doctors Hong, Thomaides and Lee. 

The role of an interventional cardiologist is to intervene with heart complications to perform procedures such as angioplasties to open up arteries or veins, or to install stents, which are mesh wire tubes that keep blood vessels open. Without such intervention, artery blockages limit blood supply, which weakens heart muscles.

As an Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Malik Al-Omari will treat patients preventatively with procedures such as angioplasties and stent installations and will treat patients who have suffered heart attacks. Dr. Al-Omari will perform angioplasties, cardiac catheterization diagnostic procedures, stenting and Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) Tests.  He offers care and treatment for angina, aortic stenosis, atrial fibrillation, cardiopulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, heart attack, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and mitral valve stenosis.

Dr. Al-Omari earned his medical degree at Jordan University of Science and Technology in his home country of Jordan and completed an internship at Princess Basma Teaching Hospital in Irbid, Jordan. He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and a Residency in Nuclear Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He also completed a Fellowship in Heart Failure and Transplantation at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, a Fellowship in Cardiology at a Mayo Clinic Program in Florida and a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Tennessee Health Center.

Prior to joining MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Dr. Al-Omari worked as an interventional cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He also served as an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo College of Medicine and is the author of numerous peer reviewed articles. Dr. Al-Omari speaks Arabic and medical Spanish. 

To make an appointment with Dr. Al-Omari or any member of the MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute’s cardiologist group, please call 301-877-5677.


About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, a 182-bed full-service hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland areas, was founded in 1977 and joined MedStar Health in December 2012.  Throughout the hospital’s history, it has remained a community leader, a strong supporter of health care education and a dedicated advocate for quality health care services.

About MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute:

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a national leader in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. A network of 10 hospitals and 150 cardiovascular physicians throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington, D.C., region, MedStar Heart also offers a clinical and research alliance with Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, the nation’s #1 heart program. Together, they have forged a relationship of shared expertise to enhance quality, improve safety and increase access to advanced services. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute was founded at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, home to the Nancy and Harold Zirkin Heart & Vascular Hospital. Opened in July 2016, the hospital ushered in a new era of coordinated, centralized specialty care for patients with even the most complex heart and vascular diagnoses. 

 

Contact:

Cheryl Richardson
Marketing & Community Relations
(301) 877-5556
[email protected]

MedStar Southern Maryland Named in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, 2017

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has been recognized in the most recent Best Hospitals issue of U.S. News & World Report. The hospital was ranked as high performing in the areas of urology, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) procedures, and heart failure procedures. 

“We’re so proud of our mention in the 2017 Best Hospitals Edition of U.S. News & World Report,” said MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center President Christine Wray.  “We appreciate the special recognition of urology, COPD procedures, and heart failure procedures, as we have worked hard to develop these programs in Southern Maryland.”

Several MedStar hospitals earned recognition on the 2017 list. 

In the Washington, D.C. region, three facilities were recognized:

  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

In Maryland, five facilities were recognized: 

  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Harbor Hospital
  • MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
  • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Throughout the years, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has been recognized nationally and regionally for its clinical and operational excellence many times. Read more about some of the hospital's most recent awards.

 

Contact

Cheryl Richardson
Director of Marketing & Community Relations
301-877-5556
[email protected]

About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, a 182-bed full-service hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland areas, was founded in 1977 and joined MedStar Health in December 2012.  Throughout the hospital’s history, it has remained a community leader, a strong supporter of health care education and a dedicated advocate for quality health care services.

What Is Atrial Fibrillation and Can It Be Prevented?

By: Sung W. Lee, MD, Department of Cardiology

Atrial Fibrillation is the technical term for irregular heartbeat caused by malfunctioning electrical impulses in the heart. It is the most common heart rhythm problem, affecting more than three million Americans, and is on the rise in the United States and in this area.

Controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight and treating sleep apnea are all ways to help prevent Atrial Fibrillation. If a patient does develop this chronic condition, Dr. Lee identifies the following three treatment pillars for Atrial Fibrillation:

Stroke Prevention

Using anticoagulants, or blood-thinning drugs, can prevent strokes. In more serious cases, implanting a device called a Watchman Closure prevents blood clots from entering the bloodstream and causing a stroke.

Heart Rate Control

Medications and/or implanted pacemakers can regulate heartbeats and keep hearts functioning effectively. Many pacemaker implantations occur here at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, as a part of the MedStar system and the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute’s shared commitment to bring top-of-the-line care to the residents of southern Maryland.

Rhythm Control

Medications and/or minimally-invasive catheter ablations, which are procedures to burn or freeze the tissue that causes Atrial Fibrillation, have good success rates with a low occurrence of complications. MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is one of the highest volume arrhythmia treatment centers in the country, offering the most sophisticated diagnostic tools and advanced treatment options. Our experts include board-certified, nationally recognized arrhythmia specialists who offer a team-based approach, collaborating with over 140 other cardiac specialists throughout our system to ensure that we provide a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan that’s right for you.

Patient Testimonial: Gaining a Healthy Heart

February is National Heart Month

Dr. Mun K. Hong takes patient James Smith from 90 percent artery blockage to healthier heart and arteries and lower blood pressure

When Oxon Hill resident James Smith, 71, began feeling shortness of breath in the summer of 2015, he thought it was a temporary feeling due to being slightly over-worked.  Still, he decided to get checked out by a physician. Knowing the outstanding reputation of doctors and hospitals in the MedStar system, he asked EMS responders to take him to a MedStar facility, not realizing his closest hospital was part of the MedStar system:  MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

Upon arrival here at 11:00 p.m. on a Sunday night, Smith found out he had, in fact, suffered a heart attack.  He was seen by Chairman of Cardiology and MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute physician Mun K. Hong, MD, FACC, soon after arrival, and surgery to address the 90 percent blockage in one of his arteries was quickly scheduled for 8:00 the next morning.  A stent was put in to address the blockage, and medication was prescribed to clear Smith’s other arteries.

“Dr. Hong was excellent,” said Smith.  “I watched everything on screen as it was done, and he talked me through it.”

“He was fortunate,” said Dr. Hong.  “After experiencing a heart attack, we were able to treat him and he’s been the model patient ever since.  He is compliant with his medications, he finished cardiac rehab and he and his wife have made lifestyle changes to keep him healthy.  He’s also lucky because his wife cares about him and wants him to do all they can to be healthy.”

After being released, Smith was set up with a course of follow-up appointments in MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Cardiac Rehab.

“I didn’t want to go, but my wife insisted,” said Smith.  “And Dr. Hong agreed with her!”

After nine months of attending cardiac rehab, where he walked on a treadmill, rode a stationary bike and strengthened his chest muscles by using an arm cycle, Smith just completed treatment near the end of 2016. 

“Cardiac rehab has been extremely beneficial to Mr. Smith,” said Dr. Mun K. Hong.  “It’s giving patients both an exercise regimen and assurance they can resume activities.  Also, they’re able to provide diet recommendations and psychological resources.  Many patients find the group setting to be a positive thing, as well.  At cardiac rehab, they are very dedicated.  Anyone who completes the program, like Mr. Smith, will leave with a different mindset.”

Smith’s workouts, closely and constantly monitored by cardiac rehab staff, has brought his blood pressure down significantly, for which he, his wife Lola, his son Darren and three beloved grandsons, are all grateful.  Smith will continue to see Dr. Hong every three months in an ongoing effort to make sure he stays as healthy as his procedure and cardiac rehab appointments have made him.

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Cardiac Rehab works in three phases. In phase one, patients are referred here while still in the hospital.  In phase two, patients typically visit three times per week, which is usually covered by insurance.  They exercise while overseen by associates and often pause for blood pressure or pulse checks.  In phase three, patients visit to maintain the progress they have made.  They are less monitored, but blood pressure and blood sugar is still tested. 

If you or a family member needs information about MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Cardiac Rehab facility, please call 301-877-7370

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hong, please call 301-877-5677.