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Calvert Memorial Hospital recently announced the addition of three new specialists to its active medical team. The hospital has successfully recruited a new general surgeon, Dr. Ervind Bhogte; a new vascular surgeon, Dr. Paul J. Foley III; and a new pulmonary specialist, Dr. Riffat Meraj, to fill the growing patient volume in these areas.

“I am happy to welcome these outstanding physicians to our hospital,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis in a press release. “All three have completed fellowships at highly respected institutions in their respective specialties.

“Their addition will greatly enhance our scope of services,” he said in the release, “and continue to position Calvert Memorial Hospital at the forefront of providing advanced specialty care close to home for the residents of Southern Maryland.”

Bhogte is experienced in all aspects of general surgery with particular expertise in caring for critically ill patients. He completed his surgical residency and a fellowship in surgical critical care at the Washington Hospital Center. One of the largest hospitals on the East Coast, it operates the region’s premier shock trauma and surgical critical care center.

“As part of a major urban medical center,” he said in the release, “we saw a broad range of patients with complex problems. We would often get referrals that would require more sophisticated care from throughout the region. The fellowship exposed us to a wide variety of severely injured patients with many complications. I’m very comfortable taking care of critically ill patients who are on a lot of medications and have multiple diseases.”

Bhogte has performed a lot of laparoscopic procedures — mainly abdominal, gastric tumors, hernias, small bowel and ulcer surgery, the release states. His special interests include thyroid, breast and GI malignancies. He has joined Calvert Surgical Care in Prince Frederick. For more information, call 410-414-9017.

The Washington Hospital Center vascular surgery specialists who practice at the Center for Vascular Care at Calvert Memorial Hospital welcome Foley on board. The center, a clinical alliance between CMH and the Washington Hospital Center, treats a full range of vascular disorders and conditions that involve narrowing of the arteries caused by the buildup of plaque, thereby reducing blood flow to the arteries and veins. Since opening in 2008, CMH has seen significant growth in the demand for this service — in clinic visits, admissions, surgical and interventional procedures and vascular lab studies.

“There is no doubt that vascular disease is a growing problem,” said Xinis in the release, “and access to quality medical treatment is very important. Our collaboration with one of the nation’s leading vascular centers allows local residents to receive some of the most advanced vascular therapies close to where they live and work.”

Foley has a background in general surgery and completed two years of advanced specialty training in vascular surgery and endovascular therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. “My fellowship there exposed me to the full spectrum of vascular diseases,” he said in the release, “and as such I have a wide range of experience in both open and endovascular procedures.”

His clinical interests include aortic surgery, open and endovascular repair of thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting, open and endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease, renal and visceral occlusive/aneurysmal disease and dialysis access. The vascular center is located in suite 213 of the Calvert Medical Office Building next to the hospital. For more information, call 410-414-2790.

Meraj completed her internal medicine residency at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. She acquired extensive advanced training in pulmonary and critical care medicine during her three-year fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, a recognized national leader in in that field, according to the release.

Her pulmonary training there also included interventional procedures, such as the placement of chest tubes and catheters as well as bronchoscopies. “The critical care component was very helpful,” said Dr. Meraj in the release, “because a lot of these patients have chronic lung disease that requires ongoing care even after they’re discharged.”

She cares for patients of all ages with a wide spectrum of respiratory disorders and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, COPD (emphysema) and lung cancer. She has a special interest in interstitial and rare lung diseases.

“I want my patients to feel comfortable asking me any questions they may have,” she said in the release. “It’s important to me they feel satisfied that we spent enough time addressing any issues or concerns.” Her office is located in Prince Frederick. For an appointment, call 410-55535-4116.