CAO Brings On Four New Physicians

Published July 26, 2017

Earlier this year, Dr. George Balis joined the medical team at our Metro Orthopaedics & Sports Therapy care center in Silver Spring. He boasts an incredibly successful career, having spent 22 years practicing general orthopaedic surgery in Montgomery County, Maryland, as well as 12 years at The Cleveland Clinic. Many of the patients he saw at The Cleveland Clinic came from all over the country, seeking third or fourth opinions for complicated orthopaedic conditions. After a 40+ year career, Dr. Balis has returned home to Montgomery County, where he is focusing his practice on non-surgical, office-based orthopaedics, treating a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions and injuries. To better get to know Dr. Balis, click here to read his Q&A on the Health Hub. Welcome, Dr. Balis!

In addition, on May 1, 2017, three new orthopaedic surgeons joined us at the Center for Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine care center. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Michael Stowell, Dr. Richard Milford and Dr. Thomas Amalfitano.

Dr. Amalfitano joins CAO with a focus on sports medicine and lower extremity surgery. His practice includes fracture treatment, hip, knee, foot, ankle and shoulder problems, as well as sports medicine and arthritis requiring joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee. He works for the Washington Nationals major league baseball team, caring for the players in Hagerstown, as well as during spring training in Viera, Florida. He previously served as a team physician for the Hagerstown Community College basketball team as well. Dr. Amalfitano is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and State University of New York at Stony Brooke Medical School. Read his interview on the Health Hub here

Fellowship trained in hand surgery, Dr. Milford treats a variety of orthopaedic patients with a specialty in hand and upper extremity surgery. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications – Hand. He has previously served as Chief of Orthopaedics, Vice Chief of Surgery and Chief of Surgery at Washington County Hospital (now Meritus Medical Center). He is an active staff member at Meritus Medical Center and Cumberland Valley Surgery Center. Dr. Milford was raised and educated in New York City, where he attended Columbia University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Albert Einstein Hospital.

Finally, Dr. Stowell joins The Centers with expertise in sports medicine, trauma and hand surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore on a military scholarship. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, followed by two years of general orthopaedics with an emphasis on trauma and sports medicine at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He then completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he finished his military commitment as a member of the teaching staff. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand and focuses his practice on hand and upper extremity disorders. Get to know him on the Health Hub here

Keep an eye on the Health Hub for an interview with Dr. Milford in the coming weeks!