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Clinical Sections

Richard Rosenthal, MDAllergy and Immunology
Richard Rosenthal, MD, Section Chief

The allergy section is involved with the care of important allergic and Immunologic disorders. Although most of their experts provide outpatient care for our community, they also provide excellent inpatient consults. Members are also involved in important research in the outpatient setting.

Marc Wish, MDCardiovascular Disease
Marc Wish, MD, Section Chief

This section consists of over 130 cardiologists with superb expertise in cardiac sub-specialties. Members of the section provide inpatient and outpatient diagnostic testing, sophisticated interventional cardiac catheterization and intervention, interventional services, and highly specialized electrophysiology testing and arrhythmia treatment. Additionally, this section provides an adult congenital heart clinic and a cardiac rehabilitation program. Furthermore, the advanced heart failure program, which was initiated in 2011, is a superb, high quality collaborative program. It also provides the advanced heart disease program cardiology expertise for left ventricular assistive device placement and supports a very successful heart transplant program. Research is being done in all of the above programs.

Jason Vourlekis, MD, FACP, FCCPCritical Care
Jason Vourlekis, MD, FACP, FCCP, Section Chief

The Inova Fairfax Medical Campus houses 179 critical care beds in the following specialties: trauma (12); cardiovascular (48); neurosciences (16); medical/surgical (12); neonatal (75); pediatric (16). Fifty-nine physician specialists oversee these units and help ensure that the most sophisticated services are available to these critically ill patients. In addition, the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit recently earned the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence, given by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and specifically designated to recognize the nation's top hospital critical care units.

Madeline Erario, MD, Interim Section Chief

Physicians in the dermatology section specialize in micrographic and laser cutaneous surgery and photophoresis. In addition, physicians conduct clinical research on psoriasis, actine keratosis, skin cancers and acne. The section of dermatology is well recognized for teaching medical students and residents as well as for their clinical expertise.

Nahrain Al-Zubaidi, MD, Section Chief

Our endocrinologists specialize in treating disorders of the endocrine system, including diabetes and hyperthyroidism.

Ahmed Hegab, MDGastroenterology
Ahmed Hegab, MD, Section Chief

The gastroenterology section offers the full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal modalities for both inpatients and outpatients. The services parallel those provided by tertiary care centers. Our highly qualified physicians draw hospital referrals from across Fairfax County. To the benefit of our inpatients, Inova Fairfax Hospital is the only hospital in the region to have two, exclusively hospital-based, gastroenterologists.

Academically speaking, members participate in a multidisciplinary tumor conference as well as resident morning report. Several are engaged in gastrointestinal research. Many of the gastroenterologists hold academic positions in George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Howard University. A physician director of education coordinates resident training in gastroenterology. An ongoing collaboration with George Washington University affords fellows in gastroenterology the opportunity to rotate through the service, a position that has been full for many years. A comprehensive, multidisciplinary program provides advanced endoscopic services, including minimally invasive techniques to stage and treat cancers of the esophagus, stomach, bile ducts, pancreas and rectum. The program’s features include:

  • Photodynamic therapy for ablation for Barrett’s esophagus with dysplasia, intramucosal esophageal cancer and cholangiocarcinoma
  • Radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s esophagus (Barrx Halo)
  • Endoscopic mucosectomy for the resection of Barrett’s esophagus with high grade dysplasia and intramucosal esophageal carcinoma
  • Endoscopic ampullectomy for resection of ampullary neoplasia
  • ERCP with Sphincter of Oddi manometry
  • Endoscopic stenting of the biliary tree, pancreas, esophagus, duodenum, and colon
  • Endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis and staging of mediastinal and gastrointestinal tumors, as well as the evaluation and treatment of pancreatic lesions
  • Endoscopic management of complex pancreatic disorders including celiac nerve block, pancreatic duct disease, and transgastric pseudocyst drainage
  • Cholangioscopy for visualization and management of bile duct lesions (SpyGlass system)
  • Videocapsule Endoscopy for obscure bleeding and small bowel lesions

The groundwork for establishing Inova Fairfax Hospital as a Digestive Health Center of Excellence is underway.

John Paul Verderese, MD Stacy Oshry, MD

General Internal Medicine
John Paul Verderese, MD, and Stacy Oshry, MD, Section Chiefs

Inova Fairfax Hospital Department of Medicine includes General Internal Medicine section which is comprised of both community primary care physicians and hospital based Internal Medicine Physicians known as hospitalists. The outstanding clinicians within the Internal Medicine section receive privileges at Inova Fairfax Hospital because of their commitment to excellence in the areas of patient care and education. The section is comprised of over 300 Internists of which approximately 200 have either solo or group practices within the Northern Virginia region.

Geriatric medicine
Winnie Suen, MD, Section Chief

Aging is a natural part of life — a process to be respected, celebrated, and also better understood. Inova Health System is committed to providing the senior population of Northern Virginia and the greater D.C. metro area with quality medical care and support programs that ensure older individuals' comfort, wellness, dignity, and independence. We're here for seniors' families, too. Our services are available to elders and their caregivers at all stages of health and illness, including during and after a hospital stay. Inova also offers a wide variety of health classes and community resources to both enhance and improve seniors' health status.

Dipti Patel-Donnelly, MDHematology/Oncology
Dipti Patel-Donnelly, MD, Section Chief

The section of hematology/oncology is active in providing care for patients with malignancies and as well as consultation services in non-neoplastic hematology. At the Inova Cancer Institute, 51 hematologists and oncologists collaborate to treat diseases of the blood and cancer. Services include in and out patient testing, chemotherapy and radiation oncology services. Members of the section are active in stem cell transplants program, the longest operating program in the Washington, DC area, providing both autologous and allogeneic transplants. In addition to our interest in hematologic malignancies, members of the section are involved in multidisciplinary programs of the major solid tumors sites. These include breast, head and neck, GI, thoracic, and urologic malignancies. Members of the section meet regularly with members of the surgical and radiation modalities as well as with the radiology and pathology diagnostic services. In this way, the patients have the benefit of obtaining an in depth review of their cases as well as treatment options. Members of the section work closely with the palliative care service to optimize patient care. The section also has an extensive portfolio of research studies working with both the NCI sponsored cooperative groups (CALGB and ECOG) and studies sponsored by US Oncology

Shalika Katugaha, MDInfectious Disease
Shalika Katugaha, MD, Section Chief

The infectious disease section at Inova Fairfax Hospital is comprised of several groups that provide consultative services. A broad scope of illnesses are treated including septic shock, meningitis, skin and soft tissue infections and pneumonia. Infectious disease physicians are instrumental in diagnosing complex conditions, assessing their microbiologic features and recommending treatment. Other areas of expertise include antibiotic selection, as antibiotic resistance becomes a growing problem, and guidance related to infection control and epidemiology. In addition, infectious disease consultants manage HIV care both in the outpatient and inpatient clinical settings. Several physicians in the department are involved with clinical research and most participate in the teaching program with medical students, residents and fellows.

Ranjit Cheriyan, MDNephrology
Ranjit Cheriyan, Section Chief

Physicians conduct more than 5600 dialysis procedures a year, offer continuous renal replacement therapy and specialize in post renal transplant care. Currently, clinical research includes studies on hypertension and retarding the progression of renal disease.

Ellen Kessler, MD, MPHOccupational Health
Ellen Kessler, MD, MPH, Section Chief

Inova Occupational Health provides workplace health services to over 1,100 diverse businesses and government and county agencies with staff size ranging from 10 to 17,000 employees. Along with the medical surveillance programs to support over 800 organizations, Inova Occupational Health touches the lives of many in Northern Virginia. Patient satisfaction rate for this program is consistently in the 94th percentile. There are over 33,000 occupational health visits each year. For more details about the program please see Inova Occupational Health website.

Eric Libre, MDPulmonary
Eric Libre, MD, Section Chief

The section of pulmonary medicine is comprised of 55 board-certified and board-eligible clinicians whose focus of care span both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as, both acute and chronic lung disease states. The section works closely with the hospital to provide a wide variety of both invasive and noninvasive testing. In addition to the large number of community pulmonologists, Inova has both lung transplant and chronic lung disease clinics to meet the needs of its community. Many of the section's clinicians are both board certified in pulmonary medicine, as well as critical care medicine, permitting the continuum of care to go from the intensive care unit to the patient setting when necessary. The section also supports a very strong research program in pulmonary transplant medicine. The physicians who represent the section come from top academic institutions from around the country and choose to practice within Inova Fairfax Hospital for its commitment to excellence in patient care, education and research.

N. Lynn Gerber, MD, Interim Section Chief

The rheumatology section is involved in outpatient and inpatient care of patients with arthritic, musculoskeletal and immunologic disorders. Members of the section actively participate in outpatient clinical research related to the role of new medical therapies involved in the suppression of the body's immune system.These research efforts involve fairly sophisticated biologic medications and their effects on the body's immune status. Hopefully, these efforts will provide meaningful clinical data for the care of patients in the future.

In 2011, the rheumatology section and the Department of Medicine were able to recruit Dr. Ramona Raya as an attending physician at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Although Dr. Raya is primarily engaged with inpatient rheumatology consultations, she also has extensive teaching responsibilities for house staff and medical students and will soon see patients in a hospital-affiliated outpatient setting. It has been gratifying to see that a physician with Dr. Raya's experience and clinical abilities is now a member of the hospital staff and capable of performing rheumatological consultations, some of whom have severe and life-threatening rheumatological illnesses.