Arun Bhandari

Arun Bhandari, MD

Dr. Arun Bhandari is a practicing Oncologist and Hematologist at Chesapeake Oncology Hematology Associates, PA (COHA), Annapolis, MD since 2007. He is on staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC)- part of Luminis Health, University Of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) and John Hopkins Medicine at Howard County General Hospital (HCGH).

Dr. Bhandari is a member of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Society of Hematology (ASH). He is board certified in Medical Oncology and Hematology. He has expertise in treating various types of cancers including head and neck cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancer ( colon, pancreas, liver, gastric, esophageal etc.), genitourinary cancers ( bladder, kidney, prostate, testicular etc.), gynecological cancers (cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal etc.), skin cancer including melanoma, Lymphoma, multiple myeloma, Leukemia and various other blood disorders.

Dr. Bhandari is serving as a Teaching Faculty Internal Medicine Residency Program at Anne Arundel Medical Center – a part of Luminis Health. He is actively involved with teaching residents.

In March 2020 Dr. Bhandari was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as Commissioner on Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC). The Maryland health Care Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increased accountability, and improve access in a rapidly changing health care environment in Maryland.

In 2018 Dr. Bhandari was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan as a Council on the Maryland State Council on Cancer Control, where he has a role to educate and advise government officials, public and private organizations and general public to reduce and control cancer incidence, mortality and morbidity among Marylanders.

In 2016 Maryland Governor Larry Hogan appointed Dr. Bhandari on The Maryland Board of Physicians (MDBOP). He served as a Chairman of Panel A of Board Of Physicians from May 2016 until April 2020, where he was responsible to assure quality health care in Maryland and enforcing the Maryland Medical Practice Act.

Dr. Bhandari is an Executive Board Member of The Maryland and District of Columbia Society Of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (MDCSCO) which plays a significant role to improve the quality and delivery of cancer care in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Bhandari completed fellowship in Hematology- Oncology from Georgetown University Hospital/ Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC with bone marrow transplant rotation at National Institute of Health - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH- NHLBI), Bethesda, MD. He served as a Chief fellow in Hematology & Oncology (2004-2005). He was a fellow in Hematology & Oncology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, an NCCN Member Institution. He earned medical degree from Punjabi University and Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India. He completed residency in Internal Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Queens, New York.

Dr. Bhandari was an attending physician at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), at West Penn Allegheny Oncology Network, a part of West Penn Allegheny Health Care System, now Allegheny Heath Network (AHN), Pittsburgh, PA, where he was actively involved in teaching fellows and residents.

Dr. Bhandari currently provides care to patients at Annapolis and Kent Island offices. His goal is to provide high quality, empathetic and personalized care to the community. His dedication to navigating cancer care and the ability to simplify even the most complex information for patients is his greatest asset. Dr. Bhandari enjoys building relationships with his patients and their families. His patients know him best for his compassion, humor and commitment to their needs. His Mission Statement is - CARE IT- Compassion/ Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork.

Dr. Bhandari is a native of Maryland and grew up in Silver Spring area in Montgomery County. He speaks English, Hindi and Punjabi. He is very much involved in various community and charitable activities.

Hopeful Quotes:

You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you'd ever imagined. Don't let cancer cause you to sell yourself short or forget your worth. Don’t lose hope. When the sun goes down, the stars come out. Be thankful for this day.

Difficult roads often lead to a beautiful destination. Cancer changes your life, often for the better. You learn what’s important, you learn to prioritize, and you learn not to waste your time. You tell people you love them.

You are loved,You are wonderfully made. You are beautiful. You are masterpiece. God has a great plan for you.

REMEMBER: you're not dying from cancer .… You're LIVING with it. AMEN!

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