Our Medical Team

Dr. Truong Bao

Medical Director

Dr. Truong Bao, MD, CMD is a distinguished and proficient healthcare professional specializing in the field of internal medicine and medical leadership. Below, you’ll find a chronological overview of his academic achievements, certifications, and experience as a medical director:

Dr. Truong Bao’s dedication to his medical career and extensive experience as a Medical Director highlight his commitment to providing quality care and leadership in the field of healthcare.

Dr. Sayed Elsayyad

Sub-Acute Medical Director

Dr. Sayed Elsayyad, M.D., is a highly accomplished medical professional with extensive experience in family practice and medical leadership. Here is a comprehensive timeline of his education, experience, certifications, and notable achievements:



Hospital Admitting Privileges:


Honors and Awards:

Dr. Sayed Elsayyad’s extensive experience, dedication to patient care, and notable contributions to the medical community exemplify his commitment to excellence in healthcare.

Dr. Fahim Malik

Medical Director, Nephrology

Dr. Malik’s main research interests are in glomerulonephritis and kidney transplantation.

Dr. Michael S. Chen, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI


Michael S, Chen, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI

Dr. Michael S. Chen has served as Chair of the Cardiology subsection at Shady Grove Medical Center since 2010. He has been the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center (formerly Washington Adventist Hospital) since 2013. He also has been on the Medical Executive Committee of Shady Grove Medical Center from 2009-2019. Dr. Chen was awarded the esteemed Physician RISES (Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Stewardship) Award by Shady Grove Medical Center in 2009 and by Washington Adventist Hospital in 2015.

From 2014-2016, he served as Chair of Internal Medicine and as a member of the Medical Executive Committee at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.

Dr. Chen graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, He then completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Chen finished his general cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic. He is an interventional cardiologist who performs both coronary interventions as well as peripheral interventions.

He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Nuclear Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology. He is a Registered Physician Vascular Interpreter (RPVI) for vascular studies.

He is a Founding Member of the Medical Staff at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital.

Dr. Chen has written several book chapters and published articles in leading cardiology journals. His professional interests include interventional cardiology and peripheral vascular interventions.

Dr. Dennis C. Friedman, MD, FACC, FSCA


Dr. Dennis C. Friedman is the Director of the Shady Grove Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Medical Director of Inpatient Cardiac Services at Shady Grove Medical Center, Medical Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Facility of Shady Grove Medical Center and the Director of Research at Shady Grove Medical Center. He is a Founding Member of the Medical Staff at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital. Dr. Friedman is also the managing partner at Cardiac Associates, P.C. Dr. Friedman attended Trinity College in Connecticut and obtained his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was an intern, resident, and chief medical resident at George Washington University and a cardiology fellow at Georgetown University. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. Professional interests include invasive and interventional cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and preventive cardiac care. Dr. Friedman was awarded the esteemed Physician RISES Award by Shady Grove Medical Center for his superior care of patients.

Safy John, MD


Dr. John specializes in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care & Pulmonary Disease.

Ajit P. Kuruvilla, MD


Dr. Ajit Kuruvilla, MD is a Critical Care Specialist & has over 36 years of experience.

Dr. Geetha Chilakamarri

Geriatrician & Palliative Provider

Dr. Geetha Chilakamarri is a triple board-certified physician specializing in geriatric medicine, hospice & palliative medicine, as well as dementia care. She prides herself on the delivery of person-centered care through identifying patterns and complexity of each individual patient. For over 20 years she has provided exemplary care and medical oversight to patients with positive feedback from them and their families, in her Germantown, Maryland practice as well as inpatient settings. Dr. Chilakamarri established and expanded Geriatric and Palliative Care services in both Meritus Medical Center and Frederick Health System. We are thrilled to have a provider of Dr. Chilakamarri‘s caliber and experience to provide medical oversite of our dementia and palliative care populations.

Sydonne Newland, RT

Director of Respiratory Therapy

With over 30 years’ experience as a Respiratory Therapist she has worked in the hospital as a critical care therapist and has extensive experience working with the senior population in the health care industry.

“Hands on patient care is what I love the most, that is why I have been in this industry for so long”.

On her off time she enjoys, hiking, camping and traveling.

Rubeena Vincent

PM&R Nurse Practitioner

Rubeena Vincent is a highly skilled Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nurse Practitioner in SNF/ALF setting. She specializes in musculoskeletal, pain and spasticity management.

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