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GI specialist joins CMH staff (September 23, 2010)

Prince Frederick, MD

Fellowship-trained gastroenterologist Dr. Saad Haque is joining Calvert Memorial Hospital affiliate Calvert Gastroenterology in Prince Frederick. He has a wide range of experience in treating a broad spectrum of patients with both simple and complicated GI disorders.

“His addition is especially timely with the expansion of our endoscopy center,” said Calvert Memorial Hospital President and CEO Jim Xinis. The 10-month project will substantially increase the size of the center to meet the high demand for this service created by the growing number of seniors in Calvert.

Dr. Haque specializes in colon cancer screening, upper endoscopy, liver disease and heartburn disorders. He is joining board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Faisal Bhinder at Calvert Gastroenterology. Bhinder, who joined the active medical staff at CMH in 2008, is also board certified in hepatology, geriatric medicine and internal medicine.

“Dr. Haque’s excellent diagnostic skills, patience and attentiveness to detail,” said Xinis, “assure quality, professional and compassionate care to his patients and their families.”

Although a sub-specialist, he treats his patients as a whole person. “Everything works together,” said Haque, “so any treatment has to be all encompassing.”

Haque completed his training at Cooper University Hospital, a clinical campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey that serves as southern New Jersey’s major tertiary referral hospital for specialized services.

While there he completed a vigorous three-year fellowship in gastroenterology that included advanced training in clinic and hospital settings. During his final year, he served as chief fellow for all sub-specialties, which involved teaching and training other physicians.

During his fellowship, he conducted a major study that looked at imaging modalities to determine how best to diagnose bile duct cancer. Dr. Haque also received specialized training in performing ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), a procedure used to identify and correct a problem in the bile ducts or pancreas. He will perform this test in the endoscopy center at CMH.

Haque said he chose to come to CMH because of the hospital’s “connection to the community.” He went on to add, “Most everyone who works there also lives locally … that sets it apart from a lot of hospitals.”

“I am privileged to have Dr. Haque join Calvert Gastroenterology,” said Bhinder, “I have complete confidence in his abilities, skill and overall competence and his addition will be a significant positive for our community." Bhinder added, “Our goal is to open a second office in Solomons in early 2011 to better serve our patients in southern Calvert and St. Mary's counties."

The practice treats patients with abdominal pain, digestive problems, difficulty swallowing and ulcerative colitis. They also provide care for patients dealing with anemia, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac and Crohn’s disease.

Their Prince Frederick office is located in Suite 305 of the Calvert Medical Office Building, located next to the hospital. For more information, call the toll-free CMH physician referral line at 1-888-906-8773 .

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