Geriatric Surgery - Our Team

Mark R. Katlic, M.D.
Mark R. Katlic, M.D., MMM, FACS
Chair, Department of Surgery
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery
Director, Aging Surgeon Program

Dr. Katlic is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Washington & Jefferson College and an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
He completed residencies in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. A practicing thoracic surgeon since 1984, Dr. Katlic earned his Master of Medical Management degree from the John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 1999.

Throughout his career, Dr. Katlic has had a special interest in elderly care. His paper "Surgery in Centenarians" was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1985, and his first of seven textbooks, Geriatric Surgery, was published in 1990. In 2012, he founded the first Center for Geriatric Surgery, for which he received the Maryland Innovator Award. He was named Maryland Physician of the Year in 2019.

As a thoracic surgeon, Dr. Katlic has pioneered video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) that utilizes local anesthesia and sedation, the results of nearly 600 such cases being published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery in 2010 and 2017. Dr. Katlic also performs VATS lobectomy, robotic thoracic surgery, laser bronchoscopy and stents. In addition, he performs a full range of open-chest surgeries.

In 2014, Dr. Katlic established The Aging Surgeon Program, a comprehensive, objective evaluation of a surgeon's cognitive and physical faculties, at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
In his mission to improve the care of the elderly surgical patients and bring rationality to the issue of the aging surgeon, Dr. Katlic speaks frequently at medical schools and national and international meetings.

College: Washington & Jefferson College (Washington, PA)
Medical School: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)
Surgery: Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)
Cardiothoracic Surgery: Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)

Masters of Medical Management: John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management
Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)

Present: Chairman, Department of Surgery; Surgeon-in-Chief Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Northwest Hospital (Baltimore, MD)

Interests: General thoracic surgery (minimally-invasive, complex esophageal, pulmonary, tracheobronchial, mediastinal);
geriatric surgery (seven textbooks, chapters and lectures, Center for Geriatric Surgery); aging surgeons;
surgical education; quality improvement

Avocations: Endurance sports (e.g., triathlon, swimming, biking, running); writing (fiction and non-fiction)

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Joshua Wolf, M.D.
Joshua Wolf, M.D.

Surgeon, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery
Director for the Geriatric Surgery Verification Program
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency

Dr. Wolf is currently program director for the Geriatric Surgery Verification Program at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. He earned his undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology from Yale University and graduated with honors from New York University School of Medicine. He trained in general surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and specialized in colon and rectal surgery with a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Following his fellowship, Dr. Wolf was invited to work alongside Dr. Steven Wexner, a renowned leader in the field of colon and rectal surgery, and served as his clinical associate for an additional year, focusing on complex colorectal surgery and advanced minimally invasive approaches.

A Baltimore native, Dr. Wolf is proud to be back home at Sinai and LifeBridge Health, where he has been practicing since 2017. He is associate program director of the general surgery residency and has several active clinical outcomes research projects. His most recently published peer-reviewed journal articles are related to preoperative risk assessments in elderly patients undergoing rectal cancer surgery. Dr. Wolf has prior research experience at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to leading the Geriatric Surgery Verification Program at Sinai, Dr. Wolf is a member of the geriatric surgery taskforce for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). He has served or is currently serving on other prominent national committees, including the Review Committee for Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the New Technologies Committee for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).

College: Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Medical School: New York University of Medicine (New York, NY); Surgery: The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, MD)
Colon and Rectal Surgery: Cleveland Clinic Florida (Weston, FL)

Present: Colon and rectal surgeon; Associate Program Director, Department of Surgery; Program Director, General Surgery Residency; Director, Geriatric Surgery Verification Program

Interest: Colon and rectal surgery (colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, anorectal disease)
Geriatric surgery (ASCRS focus group, clinical outcomes research)
Surgical education

Avocations: The great outdoors (hiking, camping, fishing, gardening)


S. Jasmine Demos, DNP, APRN-BC

S. Jasmine Demos, DNP, APRN-BC
Clinical Lead, Geriatric Surgery
Clinical Program Coordinator for the Geriatric Surgery Verification Program
Clinical Program Coordinator for the Aging Surgeon Program

Jasmine Demos is currently clinical program coordinator for Sinai Hospital of Baltimore's Center for Geriatric Surgery. Jasmine maintained "Honors" status at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she earned her undergraduate degree in nursing, and at the University of Maryland Graduate School of Nursing, where she earned two master's degrees. She has a certificate in critical care from the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and is board certified post-anesthesia nursing. She obtained First Assist nurse practitioner certification while training as a nurse practitioner in surgical oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She later obtained a geriatric resource nurse certificate from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) as well as a "Stepping On" leader training certificate for geriatric fall prevention.

Jasmine was accepted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing after graduating with honors from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa. with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Her capstone project was entitled "Preoperative Assessment and Referral Guidelines: An Evidence-based Practice Change." Jasmine's capstone project was nominated nationally by Chatham University, meeting the criteria for institutional change, policy change and improvement in patient outcomes.

Jasmine's nurse practitioner career spans more than 30 years. She has been a conference speaker and poster presenter on various topics, including preoperative guidelines, thoracic outlet syndrome, breast cancer and liver resection. She had six peer-reviewed journal article publications during her time at Johns Hopkins. She also was invited by the European Society of Cardiology in 2017 to give a poster presentation of her doctoral work on preoperative guidelines at the fourth annual World Congress on Acute Heart Failure in Paris, France.

Jasmine recently obtained an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse certificate in palliative care and currently serves on the steering committee for Sinai's Geriatric Surgery Verification Program.

Undergraduate: University of Maryland School of Nursing (Baltimore, MD)
Graduate School: University of Maryland Graduate School of Nursing (Baltimore, MD) - master's degree in adult nursing (adult nurse practitioner)
Post-master's degree in pediatric nursing (pediatric nurse practitioner)

Graduate School: Doctorate of Nursing Practice (Chatham University in Pittsburg, PA)

Present: Clinical Lead, Geriatric Surgery
Clinical Program Coordinator - Geriatric Surgery Verification Program
Clinical Program Coordinator - Aging Surgeon Program
Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery

Interests: Geriatric preoperative assessments, palliative care, healthy aging, vitamin D deficiency, geriatric fall prevention, oral health disease and associated systemic manifestations, heart failure/cardiovascular health

Avocations: Skiing, biking, yoga, sewing, gardening, heart-healthy cooking

Steering Committee Members of the Geriatric Surgery Verification Program

  • Mark R. Katlic, M.D. Surgery
  • Joshua Wolf, M.D. Surgery
  • S. Jasmine Demos, DNP, APRN-BC Surgery, NP Lead/Program Coordinator
  • Kenneth Lee, M.D. Medical Informatics
  • Jerome Reichmister, M.D. Orthopedics
  • Elizabeth Zadzielski, M.D. OB/GYN
  • David Gordon, M.D. Urology
  • Deanna Codling, DM, PA Assistant Director- Surgery
  • Amelia Dayucos, MSN, RN Clinical Outcomes Specialist
  • Lindsay Cromwell-Rims, RN Manager, PACU
  • Stacy Gwatura, ACPHN, APRN-BC Palliative Medicine
  • Melissa Rizzolo, LCSW Social Work/Palliative Medicine
  • Curtis Cunningham Director, Rehab Services
  • Farheen Qurashi, M.D. Surgical Intensivist, SICU- Medical Director
  • Ricky Amoeteng, PharmD Coordinator, Pharmacy Residency Program
  • Min Kwon, PharmD Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
  • James Gannon, MS, RN, CEN Trauma Program Manager
  • Neeraj Verma, M.D. Anesthesiology
  • Jeffrey Sagel, M.D. Anesthesiology
  • Alexander Halsted, M.D. Anesthesiology
  • Ellen Ragland Quality improvement Specialist
  • James Roberge VP, Capital Improvement
  • Chris Kelly AVP, Facilities/Engineering
  • Esther Lejtman, RD, LNC, CNSC Manager, Clinical Nutrition
  • Jill Bloom Director, Stakeholder Communications