Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiation oncUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences
Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Brain Tumor, Hearing, Balance, Radiosurgery, UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Isaac Yang, M.D., is a nationally renowned neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumors, superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD), and skull base brain surgery at UCLA. Yang is a board-certified neurosurgeon and director of medical student education for the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery; an associate professor of neurosurgery, head and neck surgery, and radiation oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a principal investigator at the UCLA brain tumor laboratory. Yang is highly sought out by peers, patients and the media for his expertise in neurological diseases and brain health. He has made multiple TV appearances on Good Morning America, CBS' The Doctors, Dr. Drew LifeChangers, and several national news outlets. Originally from Lodi, Calif., Yang developed an interest in neurobiology as an undergraduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree with Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley. His training followed with a medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Yang completed a neurological surgery residency at the University of California San Francisco, as well as an NRSA NIH-funded F32 postdoctoral brain tumor research fellowship. Yang’s clinical focus has been primarily on brain tumors, both glioblastoma and skull base tumors. His research efforts have examined antigen expression and manipulation of the immune response to glioblastoma. His work was recognized by a UCSF Clinical and Translational Scientist Training Award and the CNS Dandy Clinical Research Fellowship. Yang has been the recipient of several distinguished regional and national awards, including the UCSF Medical Center 2010 Exceptional Physician Award, the AANS Integra Brain Tumor Research Award, San Francisco Neurological Society Edwin Boldrey Award for Basic Science Research, American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons Research Award, Kaiser Award for Clinical Research, the national AANS Leksell Radiosurgery Award, and the Tumor Section Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research. Yang has published more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and authored more than half a dozen book chapters. At UCLA, he is investigating the use of nanoparticles and nanotechnology for their application in brain tumor immunotherapy and vaccines. Dr. Isaac Yang is dedicated to improving the care and treatment of all patients undergoing neurosurgery. If interested please follow Dr. Yang on Facebook at Isaac Yang UCLA Neurosurgery or find his most recent book, Service Minded Physician, on Amazon.
John-Paul Rue, M.D., is a fellowship-trained Board Certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, specializing in arthroscopic repair of sports-related injuries, including complex knee and shoulder reconstructions with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy. Dr. John-Paul Rue specializes in the prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. He treats patients of all ages, serving athletes ranging from the casual jogger or weekend warrior to competitive and collegiate athletes and beyond. His primary focus is treating injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow, from ACL tears, meniscus and cartilage injuries to shoulder instability and rotator cuff injuries. He also sees patients with injuries such as overuse tendonitis, ankle sprains, and fractures. As an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Dr. Rue is able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of acute and overuse injuries utilizing both surgical and non-operative techniques. He works closely with colleagues and rehabilitation specialists to guide patients through the recovery process, recommend related strength and conditioning exercises and offer return-to-play insight and guidelines. Dr. Rue’s patient-centered approach to treatment and rehabilitation allows him to develop strong doctor-patient relationships and personalized treatment plans for each patient. He is committed to helping his patients perform at their very best when participating in their chosen sports and physical activities. Dr. Rue is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and served as the head team physician for the Naval Academy before coming to Mercy. He deployed to Iraq with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Chief Orthopedic Surgeon, Charlie Surgical Company Forward Resuscitative Unit, Camp Fallujah, Iraq and continues his commitment to service as a Naval Reservist. As a respected sports medicine physician, Dr. Rue has contributed numerous print and online publications highlighting his research and experience in the field of orthopedic sports medicine and has given invited lectures on a variety of orthopedic conditions at national and international scientific meetings. His research has garnered 2 major awards from the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is a member of multiple notable medical associations and serves as an expert scientific reviewer for several medical journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, and The Journal of Knee Surgery.
Clifford L. Jeng, M.D., is Medical Director of The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center and an award-winning foot and ankle surgeon. Patients from Baltimore and across the Mid-Atlantic region come to Dr. Jeng for his expertise in foot and ankle injuries and conditions.Dr. Clifford Jeng leads a talented team of surgeons who offer innovative treatments for complex foot and ankle issues as well as comprehensive treatment for common foot and ankle conditions. As a long-standing member of the physician team, Dr. Jeng has invested over a decade in The Institute and continues to carry on the legacy of excellence as its Medical Director. Built on a foundation of continued education and innovation to benefit patient care, The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy remains a leading Center of Excellence in complete foot and ankle care including treatment for ankle injury and Achilles tendon problems, foot injury and conditions, big toe and smaller toe problems, heel injury and diabetic foot conditions.Dr. Jeng and his team offer comprehensive initial visits as well as second opinions. Physicians and patients alike value Dr. Jeng's expert opinion and hopeful patients have been known to travel long distances to be evaluated and cared for by Dr. Jeng. Various media outlets and television stations also rely on Dr. Jeng to provide thorough analysis and explanation of foot and ankle conditions as well as information on the latest technologies and techniques offering new hope to patients with complicated foot and ankle injuries or problems. Dr. Jeng has been recognized as a Top Doc by Baltimore magazine multiple times. Board Certified, Dr. Jeng has specialized training in advanced surgical techniques, including minimally invasive surgery and arthroscopy. Dr. Clifford Jeng established the prestigious Foot and Ankle Fellowship program at Mercy and has trained peers and elite orthopedic surgeons. Following the spirit and mission of the Sisters of Mercy, Dr. Clifford Jeng is dedicated to providing foot and ankle care to the less fortunate in the Baltimore community. Dr. Jeng, along with fellow surgeons Dr. John Campbell and Dr. Rebecca Cerrato, has volunteered foot care services during an annual event for homeless men who find refuge at Baltimore’s Helping Up Mission. Additionally, Dr. Jeng has regularly participated in Baltimore's Run to Remember, running alongside colleagues, patients and Baltimore residents to honor the heroes of 9-11 and raise money for The Baltimore City Police Foundation and The Baltimore City Fire Foundation.
Dr. Christina Li received her medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland and was also a research fellow at the Maryland Center for Videoscopic Surgery. She completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been performing bariatric surgery for LifeBridge Health since 2004 and is a founding member of Sinai Hospital's Bariatric Center for Excellence.
Dr. Katlic serves as chief of the Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Sinai Hospital, is the director of the Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery and is the founder of The Aging Surgeon Program. While a resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he cared for several 100-year old surgical patients and reviewed the records of other elderly patients publishing his results in 1985 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is also an author of five textbooks on geriatric surgery. The Aging Surgeon Program is a comprehensive evaluation of the physical and cognitive functions of older surgeons.
Dr. Richardson practices in the Department of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Northwest Hospital and Sinai Hospital, both in Maryland. She completed her fellowship at Northwest Hospital and her residency at Emory University Hospital. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Richardson is also proficient in robotic surgery and general surgery. She also speak French (Canadian) and Spanish.
Joseph J. Ciotola, M.D., is a top rated orthopedic surgeon at Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center. Board Certified, Dr. Ciotola’s extensive expertise in anterior hip replacement makes him one of the most sought-after orthopedic surgeons in the Baltimore region for hip replacement. Dr. Ciotola also specializes in knee replacement and knee resurfacing using MAKO® robotic arm technology, ACL reconstruction and shoulder/upper extremity surgeries including total shoulder replacement and the LRTI procedure to relieve arthritis of the thumb. Dr. Joseph Ciotola’s dedication to providing advanced orthopedic techniques helped bring anterior hip replacement to Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy. Dr. Ciotola, who is one of the first orthopedic surgeons in Baltimore to perform anterior hip replacement, teaches orthopedic surgeons throughout the country how to perform this minimally invasive approach to hip replacement. Many of his patients have expressed their gratitude and satisfaction by recommending Dr. Ciotola to family, friends and even strangers who are in need of a hip replacement. Dr. Joseph Ciotola is dedicated to providing his patients the best orthopedic care possible. Patients turn to Dr. Ciotola for his clinical expertise when they have hip or knee pain. His great compassion and concern for helping relieve their pain provides patients with the confidence that they will be able to return to their daily routines. Dr. Ciotola works individually with patients to develop the best treatment options to help with the return to normal activities.
Kamala H. Littleton, M.D., is an expert orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Board Certified, Dr. Littleton specializes in joint replacement and reconstruction for the hip, knee and shoulder, including: Anterior hip replacement MAKO® knee resurfacing and knee replacement Minimally invasive total knee replacement ACL reconstruction Shoulder surgery and reconstruction Dr. Kamala Littleton is committed to providing her patients some of the best treatment options for their joint, hip, knee and shoulder pain. Dr. Littleton offers years of experience and specialized training to perform anterior hip replacement as well as MAKO knee resurfacing and knee replacement. These innovative orthopedic procedures enable her to help patients reduce their hip or knee pain so they can get back to normal daily activities. Dr. Kamala Littleton leads The Women’s Orthopedic Program at Mercy, which was developed to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions which most frequently affect women. Dr. Littleton recognizes that women have hormonal, anatomical and biomechanical characteristics that make them more vulnerable to certain orthopedic injuries and diseases. Some of the conditions more common to women include ACL tears, arthritis and osteoporosis. Prevention, treatment and avoiding reoccurrence are Dr. Littleton’s focus when treating women for their joint conditions. Her conservative approach coupled with her surgical expertise make her a top choice for patients seeking relief from hip, knee and shoulder pain.
Bernard (Bernie) W. Chang, M.D., Director of Baltimore’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Mercy, also leads The Breast Reconstruction and Restoration Center at Mercy. Dr. Bernie Chang is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and General Surgery. He pioneered and advanced surgical treatment options like DIEP flap surgery for breast reconstruction. With a skilled and highly specialized team of doctors, Mercy's Plastic Surgery and Breast Reconstruction Centers are known as one of the Mid-Atlantic’s best in breast reconstruction and restoration, cosmetic medicine and plastic surgery. As the Assistant Director of The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Dr. Bernie Chang works closely with the Breast Center doctors to provide seamless care for those women who choose immediate breast reconstruction after breast surgery. The industry-leading expertise of Dr. Chang and the renowned reputation of the physicians of The Breast Center result in choices that women may not find elsewhere. With more than 20 years of medical experience, Dr. Chang offers women peace of mind in breast reconstruction and restoration. His quiet thoughtfulness and attention to the needs of his patients provide a calming touch that helps each woman focus on her treatment options and recovery. His expertise is in helping women reclaim their feminine form and personal self-esteem after a diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Women say they have regained their physical and emotional balance in the care of Dr. Chang. Dr. Chang has performed DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery for decades and his leadership is widely known. DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery is one of the most widely performed breast shaping options for women. Dr. Chang is also skilled in other microsurgical flap procedures including: DIEP flap SGAP flap & Bilateral SGAP Flap IGAP flap TUG flap Latissimus flap Dr. Bernie Chang’s surgical expertise attracts surgical fellows from across the nation to train in the renowned Fellowship Program at Mercy in breast reconstruction and surgical flap treatment options.
Vadim Gushchin, M.D., serves as Director of The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mercy as well as Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology, a division of Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Gushchin offers expertise in complex malignancies and is a skilled cancer surgeon. He is exceptionally accomplished in minimally invasive surgery – most notably in da Vinci Robotic Surgery – as well as in traditional open surgery techniques. Gastrointestinal Cancer (GI Cancers), melanoma – more commonly known as skin cancer, and thyroid cancer are among the many cancer diagnoses Dr. Gushchin treats. To determine the best treatment option for his surgical oncology patients, Dr. Gushchin carefully evaluates each patient’s risk factors, medical history, current clinical condition, surgical alternatives and post-surgical recovery options in order to fully develop a thorough, personalized care plan. Dr. Gushchin comforts and compassionately walks his patients through the treatment steps needed to care for melanoma, thyroid and parathyroid disease, peritoneal surface malignancies (abdominal tumors), and recurring tumors within the colon, rectum and liver. Dr. Gushchin is well-recognized for his experience in treating complex cancers with HIPEC (Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy). Dr. Gushchin trained under the internationally renowned surgical oncologist Dr. Paul Sugarbaker to master this procedure, which involves cytoreductive surgery followed by a heated chemotherapy solution to reduce and eliminate tumors. Dr. Gushchin has participated in over 150 HIPEC surgeries and provides patients expertise in complicated HIPEC surgeries including repeat HIPEC surgeries, simultaneous liver resections at the time of HIPEC as well as other advanced surgical treatments in conjunction with HIPEC treatment. An international presenter and teacher, Dr. Gushchin has educated physicians around the world on HIPEC treatment and has organized teaching courses for the treatment of peritoneal surface malignancies (complex abdominal cancers that can be treated with HIPEC). As an extension of his knowledge and compassion, Dr. Gushchin has been instrumental in setting up treatment centers for peritoneal surface malignancies in other parts of the world including Lithuania, Siberia and Ukraine. Dr. Vadim Gushchin is one of Mercy Medical Center’s top surgical oncologists. He utilizes many of the latest innovations in technology and research to provide state-of-the-art treatment options to his patients. Dr. Gushchin brings expertise in robotic surgery, using the da Vinci robot. Patients who qualify for da Vinci robot surgery typically experience the benefits of a more precise and exacting surgery, a less invasive procedure, shorter hospital stay and faster recovery. Dr. Vadim Gushchin leads a multidisciplinary team of experts at The Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center at Mercy to treat a wide range of skin cancers. As an experienced oncology surgeon and talented cancer specialist, he uses the Isolated Limb Infusion technique to try to save an arm or leg that has been aggressively attacked by skin cancer. Isolated Limb Infusion, also known as ILI, offers patients a remarkable alternative approach to metastatic melanoma on a limb. This type of skin cancer commonly leads to amputation or a disfiguring result. Dr. Gushchin and his patients know this doesn’t always have to be the case. Isolated Limb Infusion gives Dr. Gushchin a fighting chance to save his patients’ affected arms and/or legs, reduce or shrink the cancerous tumor and avoid the need for a more radical surgery.
Paul R. Lucas, M.D., is an experienced vascular surgeon and Director of The Vascular Center at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland. He is Board Certified in Vascular Surgery and has been recognized as a Top Doc by Baltimore magazine numerous times. Dr. Lucas leads a team of vascular surgeons and technologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with diseased blood vessels. His patients admire his attentive and caring professionalism and he is noted for taking the time to be sure they understand their condition and treatment options. Dr. Paul Lucas utilizes the latest technologies to care for patients experiencing vascular disorders. He specializes in Venefit™ (formerly known as VNUS Closure™) and Veingogh© procedures for varicose vein removal and is continuously seeking advanced diagnostic and treatment options for more efficient care. Dr. Paul Lucas is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation and was instrumental in the establishment of Mercy's nationally accredited Vascular Laboratory at The Vascular Center at Mercy. Patients can be screened at all of Mercy’s physician office locations throughout Greater Baltimore, making diagnosis and subsequent scheduling for treatment convenient. Using non-invasive Doppler ultrasound equipment, lab technologists screen patients for circulatory problems like mini-strokes, circulation issues, leg swelling or pain, blood clots and aneurysms.
Kurtis Kim, M.D., is Director of The Vascular Laboratory at The Vascular Center at Mercy and a highly skilled vascular surgeon in the Baltimore area. He is Board Certified in Vascular Surgery and is a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI). Dr. Kim is fluent in English and Korean. Dr. Kurtis Kim combines medical expertise with a caring approach to diagnose and treat patients with circulatory issues including leg pain and swelling and blood clots in legs and lungs. Patients appreciate and value the friendly and warm support they experience in Dr. Kim’s care. Dr. Kurtis Kim specializes in varicose vein removal and is experienced in the newest, non-invasive surgical methods including Venefit™ (formerly known as VNUS Closure™) and Veingogh© procedures. These treatments are minimally invasive and in many cases allow for faster recovery from varicose vein removal. Dr. Kim also performs minimally invasive surgeries such as balloon angioplasty, stent insertion, abdominal and aortic aneurysm repair and catheter procedures to unblock blood vessels. As Director of Mercy's nationally accredited Vascular Laboratory, Dr. Kurtis Kim oversees a wide variety of diagnostic tests and screenings to identify and monitor vascular disease. The clinical team of The Vascular Center at Mercy provides screenings for disorders including stroke and mini-stroke, poor circulation, leg swelling or pain and blockages. All lab technicians are nationally registered and experienced in circulatory screenings and the use of non-invasive ultrasound and Doppler Ultrasound equipment.
Kevin M. Audlin, M.D., is a Board Certified, experienced doctor and skilled surgeon in The Gynecology Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He also serves as Director of The Endometriosis Center at Mercy, a division of The Gynecology Center, focused primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of endometrial and fibroid disorders. Dr. Audlin has presented his surgical techniques and endometriosis findings at many national and international conferences. Throughout Dr. Kevin Audlin’s medical career he has cared for and managed the GYN health needs of women in the neighborhoods of Towson, Overlea and Reisterstown. As a result of years of practice and thousands of annual patient exam visits, Drs. Audlin and Barrueto have believed there was a clear need for more focused attention on endometriosis and other pelvic reconstruction conditions. They established The Endometriosis Center at Mercy so that women would have access to state-of-the-art treatment options, including laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive surgical techniques focusing on excision of endometriosis while preserving the uterus and fertility whenever possible. Mercy offers fully appointed surgery suites equipped with leading edge technology, as well as recovery and inpatient rooms for post-surgical recovery that are welcoming and provide a homelike atmosphere for women and their loved ones. Dr. Audlin also is the first doctor in the mid-Atlantic region to use the groundbreaking low impact laparoscopic surgery to treat GYN conditions. This state-of-the-art minimally invasive technique utilizes micro surgical tools and 3 mm incisions, resulting in 40% or greater decrease in incision size than typical laparoscopic surgery. Low impact laparoscopic surgery incisions are approximately the length of a sesame seed. Low impact laparoscopy also can reduce the effects of surgery since it requires less inflation of the abdomen during surgery and uses micro-fine tools. This groundbreaking technique in coordination with the use of 3D imagery and NBI technology most often provides Dr. Audlin the opportunity to offer the best cosmetic options as well as leading edge management of many common gynecologic problems. This type of surgery may be used for endometriosis, hysterectomy, myomectomy, ovarian cysts and oophorectomy (removal of one or both ovaries). Dr. Audlin will use your medical history, risk factor and a thorough examination to help determine whether low impact laparoscopy is a suitable treatment option for your condition. How do you select the best doctor for your GYN care, especially if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis, fibroids, or other endoscopic and pelvic reconstruction conditions? Dr. Audlin encourages women to carefully select a doctor who is Board Certified, is specially trained in the care of routine and complex gynecologic diagnoses and a doctor who is extensively educated and experienced in minimally invasive surgical treatment options. Named a "Top Doc" by Baltimore magazine, Dr. Kevin Audlin is proud his medical education and clinical achievements have given him first-hand knowledge to care for women’s GYN needs. He also believes concern, a comforting bedside manner, compassion and treating women with dignity and respect are at the heart of Mercy care. Dr. Audlin has in-depth training and experience in treating the many levels of gynecologic care – from routine annual exams to pelvic reconstruction using the da Vinci Robot. Minimally invasive procedures using laparoscopic and robotic surgery have become the gold standard of care to treat many GYN conditions. Dr. Audlin has exceptional skill and knowledge in treating Interstitial Cystitis, a painful bladder condition. One treatment option that requires the expertise of a gynecologist like Dr. Audlin is called sacral nerve stimulation. This is where a thin wire is put in place and delivers an electrical impulse to the bladder to help it perform properly. This procedure is often compared to what a pacemaker does for the heart.
Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, was appointed as Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in January 2017. In addition to his leadership roles within Rutgers University, Dr. Libutti also serves as Senior Vice President of Oncology Services for RWJBarnabas Health, further strengthening the university’s partnership with the healthcare system. He is also a Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and an Affiliated Distinguished Professor in Genetics at the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Department of Genetics. Most recently, Dr. Libutti served as Director for the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care in New York City and was a Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Professor in the Department of Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System. A surgical oncologist, Dr. Libutti is an internationally known expert in endocrine surgery and the management of neuroendocrine tumors. He is the immediate Past President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. His clinical practice focuses on gastrointestinal malignancies including cancers of the liver and pancreas. The recipient of funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for the past 20 years, Dr. Libutti is also a researcher whose work focuses on developing novel cancer therapies through an understanding of the tumor microenvironment and blood vessel formation in tumors. He is studying tumor neovascular formation and the interaction between tumor cells, endothelial cells and the components of the tumor microenvironment including fibroblasts and cancer stem cells. His work also focuses on a better understanding of the tumor suppressor genes MEN1 and FILIP1L. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College, Dr. Libutti received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He remained at Presbyterian Hospital in New York where he completed his residency in surgery, followed by a fellowship at the NCI in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery. He continued at the NCI where he became a tenured Senior Investigator and Chief of the Tumor Angiogenesis Section in the Surgery Branch. He has published over 280 peer reviewed journal articles, is Editor-in-Chief of the Nature Journal Cancer Gene Therapy, and holds seven U.S. patents. Clinical Expertise: Neuroendocrine tumors, thyroid cancer, parathyroid tumors, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, gastrointestinal (GI) cancers, minimally invasive surgery, and clinical trials.