Saint Agnes Hospital

Strong Foundation, Brilliant Future.

Lung Center

Leaders in the Fight Against Lung Disease

The Saint Agnes Hospital team of experts are leaders in the fight against lung disease. We’ve dedicated our lives to the cause and it shows.

Spine Center Overview

The Latest Techniques and Technology in Experienced Hands

When it comes to spine treatment and spine surgery, Saint Agnes Hospital has some of the most experienced physicians in Maryland. We’re proud of our innovations in minimally invasive spine procedures, which cut down on pain and speed up recovery time. Most importantly, we’re proud of the care and compassion we show each and every patient.

Joint Replacement Center

Experience Equals Better Outcomes in Joint Replacement Surgery & Rehabilitation

The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital is leading the way for total joint replacement surgery in Maryland when it comes to hip replacement, knee replacement, and shoulder replacement surgery. Our surgical experience, coupled with compassionate and dedicated nurses and rehab specialists, give our patients the care, confidence, and ability to get you moving again.

Cancer Treatment Methods

Creating the Right Treatment Plan for You

Every patient is unique. At the Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital we understand that. That's why we work with each of our patients to develop the treatment plan that is right for you.

Leading in Diagnosic Radiology

Our fellowship trained radiologists encompass every subspecialty, and have designed custom protocols to diagnose diseases specific to your symptoms and body region. We care deeply about radiation safety, and
are constantly refining our techniques to achieve the lowest doses required to make an accurate diagnosis.  Have a question? Feel free to share any concerns you may have before or after an imaging test. Our compassionate management team is here to ensure your experience at Seton Imaging is a safe and comfortable one, and meets your highest expectations.



3449 Wilkens Avenue, suite -102
Baltimore, Maryland 21229
410-368-8675 • 410-368-8688 fax

From Points North and South
From I-95, take Exit 50, Caton Avenue (toward Wilkens Avenue). Go north approximately 1/4 mile.  Saint Agnes Hospital will be on your left. Seton Imaging is located on the hospital campus.  From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) Take Exit 13 (Wilkens Avenue), go east approximately two miles, and take a right on Caton Avenue. The main entrance to the hospital will be on your right.

Leaders in the Detection and Treatment

Combining clinical expertise with the latest tech¬nology allows Saint Agnes to be one of the area’s leaders in the fight against lung diseases including emphysema, COPD and Lung Cancer. In addition to our advanced scanning techniques the team at the Lung Center utilizes the very latest in biopsy technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

GPS for Your Lungs

Saint Agnes Hospital is one of the few in the area to utilize the SuperDimension® i•Logic System, a form of Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy. This minimally invasive technology acts like a GPS system for your lungs. It enables a Physician to take a biopsy of nodules located in hard to reach areas that previously required a more invasive procedure. This system also enables physicians to diagnose the smallest lymph nodes and nodules that previously were undiagnosed until they were larger and more visible or symptomatic.

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)

EBUS, using ultrasound technology, presents direct visualization of endobronchial lesions and lymph nodes, allowing our Physicians to know precisely where to take the biopsy. This reduces complications and improves diagnostic ability. The samples obtained are immediately analyzed and accurate results are available to the Physicians in a very short time.

Pushing the Edge of Treatment

The Physicians at Saint Agnes take a multidisci¬plinary approach to the treatment of lung cancer. Our team of primary care physicians, nurses, pul¬monologists, radiologists, oncologists and thoracic surgeons create an individual plan to provide the best care for each patient. Lung diseases are often treated through thoracic surgery. Lung cancer is often treated through thoracic surgery as well and can be coupled with chemotherapy, radiation or both. The Thoracic Surgeons at Saint Agnes are committed to removing the tumor while maintaining as much of the lung tissue and function as possible. Our Thoracic Surgeons work very closely with our Pulmonary Physicians to develop the most effective surgery plan.

Contact the Lung Center

Lung Cancer and Lung Disease can be scary but the Lung Center at Saint Agnes Hospital is here to fight these diseases with you side by side. What our center does better than others is work as a team and our most important team member is you. To schedule an appointment with a Nurse Navigator or to receive more information call 410-368-2232.

Saint Agnes Lung Center

(410) 368-2232

Leading the Field in Complex Surgery

Saint Agnes Hospital remains in the forefront of minimally invasive surgery. The hospital utilizes the da Vinci Surgical System, a state-of-the-art robotic technology that is the most advanced surgical equipment in use today. The da Vinci system provides higher resolution images, better vision for the physician and newer technology with more flexibility and articulation, more turning and bending, and more freedom, enabling for a precise operation. Saint Agnes was one of the first facilities in Maryland to use the da Vinci for robotic lung surgery. Today it performs more minimally invasive surgeries than any other hospital in Maryland. Besides being more precise and efficient, the da Vinci surgery system is better for the patient. Instead of having a large incision of up to eight inches in length the da Vinci uses four small incisions. This reduces pain and allows the patient to begin healing faster.


Eight of 10 Americans will experience a lifestyle-altering episode of back pain at some point in their lives. Ninety percent of single episodes of back pain become recurrent. While certain diseases and traumatic injury can cause back pain, research shows that the most common causes of back pain or injury are:

  • Poor physical condition
  • Poor posture
  • Improper body mechanics
  • Prolonged repetitive use of incorrect bending or lifting techniques.

At the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital, preventing and providing relief for back pain and spinal disorders is one of our specialties. We apply our clinical expertise to establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that fits the needs of each patient suffering from a spinal injury. It is our practice to exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering spine surgery.
If surgery is required our physicians utilize the most minimally invasive procedures available to maximize the benefits of spine surgery with the least amount of risk, and to ensure a quick and full recovery and a solution that will last a lifetime.

If a surgical procedure becomes the right choice, our team of specialists is trained to effectively correct the problem.
Our team specializes in the treatment of:

  • Kyphoplasty
  • Traumatic and overuse injuries to the spine
  • Spinal deformities, both acquired and congenital
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Systemic diseases affecting spinal function
  • Degenerative spinal conditions
  • Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated disc lesions
  • Soft tissue sprains, strains, and contusions
  • Work-related back pain
  • Mechanical back dysfunction
  • Fractures, dislocations, subluxations

The Saint Agnes Comprehensive Spine Center wants to work with you to regain independence, mobility, and freedom from pain.


How Long Will I Be In The Hospital Following My Spine Surgery?

Typically following a spine surgery, you will have up to a three-day stay in the acute care hospital. During your acute care stay, you will meet with a case manager, who will assist you with your discharge plans. Based on your recovery status, the rehabilitation staff, and your physician will provide you with discharge recommendations.

How Can I Progress While In The Hospital?

During the first few days following surgery, you must rely on the hospital staff to assist you with many things. However, during this time, you can assist with your recovery in the following ways:

  • Drink plenty of fluid
  • Perform ankle pumps and deep breathing exercises frequently while awake
  • Actively participate in your rehabilitation program
How Will I Manage My Pain After The Surgery?

Your spine surgeon can prescribe medication, or suggest therapy to control your pain.

Does My Insurance Cover The Cost Of Rehabilitation Or Home Care After I Leave The Hospital?

Some insurance providers do not cover these services, even if your doctor or physical therapist has recommended them. Call your insurance company in advance of your surgery to determine if these services are covered. Whether or not you are a candidate for rehabilitation or home care depends on your progress after surgery. Many insurance providers do not cover hospital beds, wheelchairs, tub chairs or grab bars for patients who have had spine surgery.

How Soon After Surgery Will My Pain, Numbness, Weakness Or Tingling Be Alleviated?

Every patient’s recovery and results are different. Typically, you will notice changes within two weeks after spine surgery. However, it may be longer.

How Long Until I Can Return To My Normal Activities Following Surgery?

Typically, spinal surgery patients will be limited in their daily activities due to use of a brace for an average of six to 12 weeks. Within six months, you may be able to resume most of your pre-surgical activities, based on your physician’s recommendations.

Meet Our Team

Back, Neck & Spine Surgeons

Contact Us

To speak with a physician about spinal surgery or to attend a pre-operation surgery class, call:

1-866-690-9355 (WELL).


At the Center for Total Joint Replacement, we apply our clinical expertise to establish an accurate diagnosis quickly and develop a plan of care that fits the needs of each patient suffering from joint pain or discomfort. It is our practice to exhaust every appropriate treatment option before considering surgery. 

However, if and when a surgical procedure becomes the right choice, our team of specialists are trained to correct problems related to joint pain. Whether it’s your hip, knee, or shoulder that’s causing you pain, our top-notch team will help you get moving again so you can get back to the activities you love.

Our full-service approach, which integrates the patient’s primary care physician and surgeon with a host of clinical support staff, is designed to return our patients to maximum function as quickly and safely as possible. Our surgical team has the ability to replace all major joints including those in the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, and finger.

These surgical procedures in 3D help answer your frequently asked questions and get you familiar with specific surgical procedures before you see one of our surgeons. 


There are many factors to consider before choosing joint replacement surgery. What is your current level of joint pain? What is your response to other methods of treating your discomfort? Joint replacement surgery is a personal decision. The information here is designed to help you make an informed choice.


Saint Agnes takes a results-oriented team approach to joint replacement. Your multidisciplinary team provides exceptional skill and lots of coaching. We host regular, free seminars to provide valuable information on joint replacement and to help you understand and feel comfortable with your decision to have total joint replacement.

The Saint Agnes Center for Total Joint Replacement wants to work with you to regain independence, mobility, and freedom from joint pain.

Watch Jim's Story

74-year-old Jim Filipczak continues his favorite hobby—serving as a volunteer scuba diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore—because of the success of his minimally invasive anterior hip replacement at Saint Agnes Hospital.



Dr. Sam Sydney, Chief of Orthopaedics at the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital, discusses the one-of-a-kind treatment experience at Saint Agnes.



Industry peer groups applaud our Orthopaedic & Spine Institute for its quality of care and treatment. Recent honors include:

  • Designated Institute of Quality For Spine, Hip and Knee surgery by the Aetna Institutes of Quality for Orthopaedic Care
  • Achieved status as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield


The physician’s at the Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital understand that many factors must be considered when considering the best course of treatment. These factors include the type of cancer that you have been diagnosed with, the staging of the cancer, your overall health condition, as well as other factors. Once these factors have been discussed a cancer treatment program will be determined. There are three general methods utilized when treating cancer: chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. A typical treatment plan may include a combination of these three methods.

Receiving a diagnosis of any type of cancer can be an overwhelming experience. Choosing the right hospital for care can be just as overwhelming. The Saint Agnes Cancer Institute has met rigorous standards to become nationally accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer with outstanding achievement, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Society for Clinical Oncology Practice Initiative. In a single phone call, you are quickly scheduled for one appointment with our full team of specialists, committed to providing you with an individualized and coordinated plan of care – from diagnosis through treatment and into survivorship.

You will receive our area’s fastest diagnosis and most innovative technologies to fight the disease. At Saint Agnes, we are proud to offer you:

  • Leading physicians in all areas of cancer care bringing you the latest treatment technologies.

  • The first hospital in the state of Maryland to bring you the cutting-edge radiation technology Tomotherapy as well as offering advanced Digital Mammography, Mammosite, and Stereotactic Radiosurgery.

  • National Cancer Institute designation, increasing access to the latest clinical trials, and cutting edge scientific advances



Staging is the process of classifying tumors. It takes into account the size of the primary tumor, whether other tumors have developed, the rate of growth, presence in lymph nodes surrounding the tumor, the cancer cell type, and whether or not the tumor metastasized or spread throughout the body. The stage at which your tumor is discovered will greatly affect the course of your treatment plan and can be used to determine a general prognosis.

Staging is an evolving science much like the rest of cancer care. Stages are categorized as follows:

  • Stage 0 - The cancer cells have yet to infiltrate the cells of surrounding, healthy tissue cells (Carcinoma in situ).

  • Stage 1 - The cancer is localized to a single part of the body.

  • Stage 2 - The cancer is in one section of the body but is advancing.

  • Stage 3 - Similar to stage 2. The difference between these stages is often reliant on the type of cancer.

  • Stage 4 - The cancer has metastasized and spread to other portions in the body.

For more information on staging visit the National Cancer Institute’s site on staging at

At Saint Agnes, the tumor can be detected early, it can be removed minimally invasively soon after, and the patient is well cared for and on the road to recovery much sooner. Traditionally, patients could wait up to four weeks for a diagnosis. At Saint Agnes, that time is shortened as all of the care is provided through a multidisciplinary approach and with the latest technology.

Pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, thoracic surgeons, and other experts consult on all cases during the weekly team meetings to ensure the cancer treatment plan includes input from all disciplines. Patients receive results in a matter of days, not weeks.

Contact Us

For more information on treatment options or any information regarding Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital, please contact us at

For more information please visit the following:
The American Cancer Society
The National Cancer Institute

To find a Physician please click here
or call 1-866-690-9355.


We’re the only cancer center in Baltimore to have received three-year accreditation from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) and Outstanding Achievement from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.


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