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Redesigning care, with your safety top of mind.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GBMC Health Partners will continue to offer telehealth video visits for anyone who prefers that option. Please call your provider or login to MyChart to schedule an in-person or telehealth video visit today! If you have an existing appointment that you'd like to reschedule, please do so directly from your MyChart account.

* Please expect delays as our staff endeavor to assist all patients with their needs and questions. Do not send multiple MyChart messages or walk in to GBMC Health Partners locations without an appointment. We understand that patients are eager for access to care, and we are doing everything possible to respond to each patient as quickly as possible.

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Greetings,

The following practices are experiencing issues with their phone lines due to a service interruption with an outside vendor:

  • GBMC Health Partners Eye Center at Joppa Road
  • GBMC Health Partners at Jonestown
  • GBMC Health Partners at Hunt Manor
  • GBMC Health Partners at Hunt Valley
  • GBMC Health Partners at Jarrettsville
  • GBMC Health Partners at Owings Mills (Family Care and Internal Medicine)
  • GBMC Health Partners at Padonia
  • Dr. Caren Craig's office
  • Ambulatory Testing Center
  • The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at Crossroads
  • West Road Business Office

GBMC is working with the vendor to address the issue and apologizes for any inconvenience to our patients.

If you need to reach your medical provider, please use the MyChart patient portal at gbmc.org/mychart. MyChart can be used for secure messaging with a provider, prescription refills, accessing test results, and more!

(Video) Laurence Ross, MD - GBMC General Surgeon - Finney Trimble

If you have tried using MyChart and still have an urgent need, please call 443-849-8556 for assistance. If this is a true medical emergency, please dial 911.

GBMC will be sending out additional communications to keep you informed as we work to address the vendor's service disruption.

Yours in good health,
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Keeping You Safe

Hospitals and medical offices are now permitted to see patients for all types of care, including elective surgery. We have been working hard to ensure that the hospital and physicians' practices are ready for you. We have redesigned the way we provide care with your safety in mind.

We will continue to offer telehealth video visits for anyone who prefers that option. However, we want to reassure you that we are taking the necessary steps to protect your safety when you need to come to the hospital, a primary care office, or one of our specialty practices.

Some of the measures GBMC Health Partners is taking to protect patients include:

  • GBMC Health Partners is seeing patients in person and via telehealth video visits. Using video visits allows you to talk with your doctor without leaving home. This reduces the number of patients coming through the office and decreases the potential for inadvertent exposure of patients and staff to COVID-19. Thus, in-person visits can be done safely for those who need them. We encourage you to utilize MyChart for your telehealth needs, and you can also call your doctor if you need help. We are ready to assist you.
  • Extensive cleaning of all work spaces and patient areas is performed between encounters and throughout the day.
  • All patients, providers, and staff members attest to COVID related symptoms upon arrival and must wear masks (along with other appropriate personal protective equipment "PPE" if necessary).
  • All patients are asked COVID-19 screening questions when they make their appointment and again when they arrive. Patients are given specific appointment times to limit the number of people in the offices at one time, and are kept in private exam rooms during their visits.
  • To allow for safe distancing, our office hours may be adjusted during this time, and offices themselves have been rearranged. In certain locations, there may be physical barriers in place, and in some cases, family members may be asked to wait in their vehicles. One family member or friend may accompany a patient to the appointment.
  • All surgical patients are tested for COVID-19 pre-operatively.
  • COVID-19 positive patients and patients under investigation (PUIs) who require hospital admission are sequestered in the hospital. Outpatients who are COVID-19 positive or PUIs are encouraged to utilize telehealth video visits to determine whether in-person care is needed.

Please contact your care team if you have questions or need to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you and helping to ensure your good health.

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Finney Trimble Surgical Associates - Serving Baltimore for generations

The physicians of GBMC's Division of General Surgery strive to improve patient safety and satisfaction by performing the most appropriate surgical procedures using the least invasive techniques possible. This philosophy is facilitated by the availability of four surgical suites featuring fully integrated, high-definition equipment which allows seamless incorporation of minimally invasive laparoscopic, thoracoscopic, flexible endoscopic, robotic, radiologic, and endovascular techniques. Sophisticated video equipment makes these technologies available in any operating room on the GBMC campus.

Many of the surgeons at GBMC are fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery and flexible endoscopy. Nearly every major general surgical procedure can be performed at GBMC.

GBMC's Division of General Surgery also proudly participates in the American College of Surgeons' National Surgery Quality Improvement Program. This national program is the only one of its kind in the country that measures surgical patient outcomes and provides hospitals with quality improvement tools.

(Video) Frank Rotolo, MD - Finney Trimble - GBMC General Surgeon

Our Team

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6535 N Charles St Ste 510 , Towson, MD, 21204(410) 821-6260$John L. Flowers, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, as well as President of GBMC Health Partners. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Hahnemann University College of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Maryland and was the first ever Fellow in Surgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy there. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of several specialty societies.

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6535 N Charles St Ste 510 , Towson, MD, 21204(410) 821-6260$Francis S. Rotolo, MD, FACS, is the division head of General Surgery at GBMC. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine and completed his general surgical residency at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Rotolo is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the Baltimore Academy of Surgery, the Sabiston Society, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the "Top Docs" in Baltimore magazine.

6535 N Charles St Ste 510 , Towson, MD, 21204(410) 821-6260$Joel A. Turner, MD, received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital. In addition, he obtained further training in advanced laparoscopic procedures during his fellowship, also at the University of Maryland Hospital. During residency and fellowship, he was exposed to a broad range of advanced laparoscopic procedures and received extensive training in endocrine surgery from one of the state’s busiest endocrine surgeons, Dr. William Scovill. Dr. Turner is the vice chairman of the Department of Surgery, as well as the chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery.

(Video) John Flowers, MD - Finney Trimble - GBMC General Surgeon

6535 N. Charles St, Ste 510 , Towson, MD, 21204-5832(443) 849-4800$Timothee J. Friesen, MD, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency training at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the North Shore University and Long Island Jewish Hospitals in Manhasset, New York. Board-certified in General Surgery, Dr. Friesen has a special interest in laparoscopic foregut and abdominal wall surgery, as well as minimally invasive approaches to treat gastrointestinal disorders and obesity.

, Towson, MD, 21204$Shauna M. Costinett, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon at Finney Trimble Surgical Associates and GBMC Health Partners Bariatrics. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her residency at in General Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois and her fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. Dr. Costinett has special interests in laparoscopic foregut surgery, hernia surgery, and bariatric surgery.

6535 N Charles St Ste 510 , Towson, MD, 21204(410) 821-6260$Laurence H. Ross, MD, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree with honors from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his surgical residency, research fellowship, and chief residency at Duke University Medical Center. Throughout his career, Dr. Ross has maintained his board certification from the American Board of Surgery and a member of American College of Surgeons. He has been recognized by his peers as one of the "Top Docs" in Baltimore magazine.

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6565 N. Charles St. Pavilion East - Suite 501, Towson, MD, 21204443-849-4800$Emily J. Watters, MD, is a general surgeon for GBMC Health Partners Finney Trimble Surgical Associates and a bariatric surgeon for GBMC’s Comprehensive Obesity Management Program. She completed a general surgery residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She studied medicine at the University of Texas School of Medicine and holds a master’s degree in Public Health. She is passionate about travel, hiking the national parks, lifting heavy weights, and being a native Texan - the San Antonio Spurs and good Mexican food.

Our Services

The physicians of Finney Trimble Surgical Associates, LLC practice modern surgery in state of the art operating rooms with experienced anesthesia providers. We also have a fully functional minor procedure room located in our office. Please review the comprehensive list of most common procedures, tests and surgeries we perform below.

(Video) Joel Turner, MD - Finney Trimble - GBMC General Surgeon

We offer a wide variety of services including:

  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Breast Surgery

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Endocrine

  • Thyroidectomy
  • Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy
  • Full parathyroid exploration
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy

Endocrine surgery is performed by Dr. Joel Turner.

Laparoscopic

  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder)
  • Nissen fundoplication (antireflux procedure)
  • Hiatal hernia repair
  • Heller myotomy (treatment of achalasia)
  • Splenectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Appendectomy
  • Hernia repair
  • Peritoneal dialysis catheter placement

General Surgery

  • Melanoma excision
  • Inguinal hernia repair
  • Umbilical hernia repair
  • Lipoma excision
  • Complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Colectomy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Hemorrhoid banding

Vascular Surgery

  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Open aortic aneurysm repair
  • Lower extremity bypass
  • Varicose vein surgery
  • Dialysis access
  • Subclavian bypass
  • Upper extremity bypass
  • Arteriovenous/fistula graft creation and angioplasty
  • Aorto-iliac bypass
  • Mesenteric vascular reconstruction

Vascular Tests:

  • Arterial Doppler/pvr lower extremities
  • Arterial Doppler/pvr upper extremities

Breast Surgery

  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Sentinel lymph node dissection
  • Full axillary dissection
  • Melanoma excision

Breast surgery is performed by both Dr. Rotolo and Dr. Ross.

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(Video) Shauna Costinett, MD, Bariatric and General Surgeon at GBMC HealthCare

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