September marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

It was the last day of June in 1969, when something happened that would impact the lives of thousands of women and their families for decades; Neil Rosenshein graduated from the University of Florida Medical School.

Not long after that, something else happened that would grow to demonstrate the monumental impact that Dr. Rosenshein would have on his patients.

“My mother gifted me a paperweight, and I promptly sat it on my desk. I left it there, because if she came to visit… Well, if you knew my mother, you would know why I left it out,” Dr. Rosenshein laughed.

Since that time, Dr. Rosenshein has been gifted hundreds, if not thousands, of paperweights by patients in gratitude of his care. They range in all shapes, sizes and materials. Some are enormous, and some very small, but they represent just a fraction of the patients, and their families, whose lives Dr. Rosenshein has impacted.

Since that day in 1969, Dr. Rosenshein has become a driving force in advancing women’s health. He has been recognized for his lifetime commitment to gynecology and women’s cancers. He went on to establish a world-class, highly-skilled medical team dedicated to women’s health. He has authored books, published articles, conducted medical research and has won numerous awards.

For 15 years, he served as the director of gynecologic oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, before he went on to lead the Lya Segall Ovarian Cancer Institute at Mercy. The Neil B. Rosenshein, M.D., Institute for Gynecologic Care at Mercy was named in his honor.

And the list goes on.

Fast forward to 2022, and Dr. Rosenshein sits behind his desk at the Meritus Gynecologic Oncology Specialists office. Paperweights sit on his desk, and sparkle as they catch the light from bookcases and curio cabinets that fill the room. Each one representing a grateful patient, whose life he positively impacted. In his career, Dr. Rosenshein has saved thousands of women’s lives by caring for their cancer needs. When asked to comment on the magnitude of that, he scans the scores of glass gifts and offers a humble answer.

“We have a great team here,” he said. “It’s not just about me. It’s about the team, the patients and our community.”

For more than two decades, Dr. Rosenshein has called Smithsburg home. The location, he jokingly calls “Camp Rosenshein,” due to its proximity to Camp David.

“This is home,” he said.

Just this year alone, from January to June, Dr. Rosenshein has performed 88 surgeries at Meritus Medical Center. He, along with his staff, offer 24/7 care and service for patients, providing a world-class, expert level of care close to home.

Dr. Rosenshein sees patients with preinvasive and invasive cancers of the female genital tract, and advises patients with risk for genital malignancy and complex gynecologic issues including, pelvic masses or patients with high risk medical status requiring gynecologic surgery.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 20,000 women in the U.S. are expected to receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Statistics also show that more than 12,000 will die from it.

Dr. Rosenshein is working to make sure those statistics are wrong.

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