Category Archives: Pulmonology

Blood Gas Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation


The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded a 2-year accreditation to the Blood Gas Laboratory at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

Under the direction of David G. Oliver, MD, the Blood Gas Laboratory is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

During the inspection process, examiners evaluate the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, facilities, safety protocols and record management.

The Blood Gas Laboratory at UM SMC at Easton analyzes more than 2500 blood gas tests annually. Blood gas testing is typically ordered for patients who have increased respiratory symptoms and breathing difficulties. It may also be used monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of supplemental oxygen therapy. Additionally, blood gas analysis provides essential information to assist physicians in caring for patients assisted by mechanical ventilation.

Congratulations to Dr. Oliver and the entire team at the Blood Gas Laboratory!

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and Shore Medical Group Congratulates What’s Up? Media’s 2013-2014 Top Docs

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and its affiliate, Shore Medical Group, are pleased to announce that numerous physicians will be featured in What’s Up? Eastern Shore’s  “Top Docs” issue which will be hot off the presses on October 1.

Every other year, What’s Up Media surveys more than 250 local physicians, asking the question, “If you or a loved one needed to see a doctor (other than yourself), whom would you recommend?”

Those Shore Medical Group physicians being honored, having been nominated by their peers, are:

  • John Foley, MD – Shore Comprehensive Urology
  • Scott D. Friedman, MD, FACC, CCDS – Chesapeake Cardiology
  • S. Robert Hanna, Jr., MD, FACC – Chesapeake Cardiology
  • R. Bruce Helmly, MD, FACC – Chesapeake Cardiology
  • Khalid Kurtom, MD, FAANS – Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, LLC
  • Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD – University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health
  • Christopher Runz, DO – Shore Comprehensive Urology
  • Timothy J. Schneider, MD – Chesapeake ENT
  • Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD – University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton

Additionally, UM Shore Regional Health would like to congratulate Deborah S. Davis, MD, Chief of Staff and Chief of Emergency Medicine at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, who was also named a “Top Doc.”  Dr. Davis is also employed by Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, LLC.

Congratulations to all of our local “Top Docs 2013-2014” physicians who provide excellent care to Mid-Shore residents each and every day!  For the full listing of local physicians being honored, be sure to pick up the Ocotber issue of What’s Up? Eastern Shore.

*Click on photo icons in gallery to see full photos of our featured physicians*

“Ask the Expert” Series Kicks off in October with Breast Cancer Presentation

Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, medical director for radiology for UM Shore Regional Health, will kick off the “Ask the Expert” Series on Tuesday, October 1 with a free educational talk about “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care.” The talk takes place at 7:00 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, located at 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown.

Current dates and locations for the Ask the Expert series include:

  • Roberta Lilly, MD, UM Shore Regional Breast Center and Christopher Levey, MD, “What is New and What is Old in Breast Cancer Care,” 7:00 p.m, UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown;Richard Fritz, MD, Shore Pediatrics, “Keeping your Children Healthy this Season,” Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m., Talbot County Library, Easton;
  • Khalid Kurtom, MD, Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, LLC, “Management of Back Pain,” Wednesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m., Caroline County Public Library, Denton;
  • Anna Ahn, MD, Midshore Pulmonary Associates, “Living Well with Obstructive Lung Disease,” Thursday, October 24, 2:00 p.m., Talbot Senior Center, Easton;
  • Duane Cespedes, MD, Shore Comprehensive Urology/The Continence and Pelvic Health Center, “Fixing the Leaky Faucet: Evaluation and Treatment of Urinary Incontinence,” Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown.

“Ask the Expert,” is a free community health program sponsored by UM Shore Regional Health. The “Ask the Expert” series is an ongoing program that will be offered throughout the year. The next seminar series takes place in early 2014. Seating is limited; please RSVP to Cathy Wright at 410-822-1000, ext. 5222 or