Hospitalists

Atlantic General Hospital provides the around-the-clock care of a team of hospitalists — physicians who dedicate their time solely to the care of those patients who are admitted to the hospital.

Providing hospitalists ensures that a physician is always close by, continuously monitoring a patient’s progress to promote a smooth recovery.


Just what is a hospitalist?

A hospitalist is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. Most hospitalists are internal medicine or family medicine physicians. Some are trained as specialists in pulmonary/critical care medicine or other specialties.

What are the advantages of hospitalist care?

  1. Hospitalists keep a close eye on you. In case of emergency, your hospitalist is never very far. That’s because he or she works only in the hospital and will see you more than once a day, if needed. Your hospitalist knows every specialist and department in the hospital and will assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout the day as needed.
  2. Hospitalists are available to answer your family’s questions. Hospitalists are here to provide answers in person whenever possible. Because hospitalists are based in the hospital, they can spend time talking to you and your family about your care. There’s never a more important time to communicate about your care than when you’re in the hospital.
  3. Hospitalists allow primary care physicians to be more available to you when you’re not in the hospital, freeing them to devote more time to keeping you and your family healthy.

How does a hospitalist know about patients?

Hospitalists talk to primary care physicians and make every effort to obtain pertinent records from them. At the time of admission, the hospitalist and your primary care physician will discuss your condition. The process is similar to what your physician does when referring you to a specialist for another opinion or for tests and treatment.

During the course of hospitalization, the hospitalist and primary care physician may talk further regarding your treatment. At discharge, the hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician to discuss your further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up care, and prescribe the necessary medications. The hospitalist will also send your hospital records to your primary care physician.

Atlantic General's Hospitalists

Gregory W. Stamnas, M.D., FHM

Gregory W. Stamnas, M.D., FHM is the medical director of the hospitalist program at Atlantic General Hospital. A graduate of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., he completed his residency in Family Practice at Rome Family Medicine Program in Rome, Ga., and is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He served his country as a Major in the United States Air Force, where he was a family physician. He lives in Ocean Pines with his wife, Eileen, and daughter, Alex, and enjoys sailing, hiking and outdoor activities.

Daniel Berhane, M.D.

Daniel Berhane, M.D. is a new member of our Hospitalist team. Dr. Berhane is board certified in internal medicine. He graduated from Addis Ababa Medical Facility in Ethiopia and completed his residency in internal medicine at Prince George’s Hospital Center, an affiliate of University of Maryland. He is experienced in hospitalist medicine and has worked at Memorial Hospital at Easton, Johnston Memorial Hospital as well as Sanford USD Medical Center.

Jena Crisler, D.O.

Jena Crisler, DO, board certified in internal medicine, joined Atlantic General Hospital in January 2014 as a member of the Hospitalist team. She trained at Johns Hopkins Program of Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore after completing her osteopathic internship at Palmetto General Hospital. She graduated from Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr Crisler is passionate about providing general medical care in a community hospital setting. She believes everyone deserves access to health care, and she participates in medical missions, most recently to Guatemala.

Ignatius L. DiNardo M.D.,

Ignatius L. DiNardo M.D., graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington D.C. He completed his Internship and Residency through The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore Maryland. He is Board Certified as a Specialist in Internal Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association and is a Past President of the Wicomico County Medical Society. He has extensive inpatient and outpatient Internal Medicine experience and maintains Active Medical Staff Privileges at several Eastern Shore Hospitals.

Juliet van Egmond, M.D.

Juliet van Egmond, M.D. graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. She completed her residency in General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. and is board certified in Internal Medicine. She has been working as a Hospitalist at Atlantic General Hospital since 2005.

Razaak Eniola M.D.

Razaak Eniola M.D. obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. After working briefly in Trinidad he came to Columbia University in New York where he did his internship and residency in Internal Medicine. After completing his residency, Dr. Eniola moved to Maryland and worked as a staff physician & eventually Medical Director of Correctional Medicine Services at ECI in Westover, MD. He is a full-time member of the Hospitalist team at AGH.

John Gillespie, M.D.

John Gillespie, M.D. graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and earned his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After completing a family medicine residency at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia, he served on the faculty of the residency program for 6 years before relocating to the Ocean City area. He then worked locally as a full-time primary care doctor and part-time hospitalist for 4 years before joining the hospitalist team at AGH as a full-time member in 2010. In addition to his professional duties as a hospitalist, he also serves as a delegate for the Maryland State Medical Society.

Karen Montella, PA-C

Karen Montella, PA-C is a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of Brooklyn & Queens Physician Assistant program in affiliation with St. John’s University, 2001 with clinical rotations throughout New York City serving Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Karen worked as a Physician Assistant in the cardiac cath lab and on the telemetry services at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC and Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY. Prior to moving to Maryland, Karen worked in cardiology and internal medicine for 6 years with North Shore Long Island Jewish hospital system working both in outpatient and inpatient care managing a varied patient population with focus in cardiovascular medicine. She performed outpatient nuclear stress testing, hospital rounds, consults for North Shore LIJ’s Massapequa Heart Associates. Karen and her husband Joseph DiMartino moved to Maryland after Joseph retired from the New York City Fire Department. In their spare time, they enjoy their two dogs, golf, boating, target and trap shooting.

Aubree Olson, PA-C

Aubree Olson, PA-C earned a Master of Medical Science and Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians. Aubree is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants. Aubree works with the Hospitalist team to care for acutely ill patients on both the general medicine and surgical floors.

Bridget M. Rose, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNP

Bridget M. Rose, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNP obtained her masters of science in nursing at Salisbury University. In 2000 she was a graduate assistant at Salisbury University and obtained a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Rose is currently a nurse practitioner hospitalist at Atlantic General Hospital. Rose has been with the hospital since fall of 2000.