Dr. Mark Soberman

Surgery - Thoracic
Frederick, MD
40 years experience male

Locations

Center for Chest Disease

Frederick, MD

Address

501 West 7th Street, Frederick, MD
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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About

Bio

Experienced thoracic surgeon who spent 20 years in academic practice and as division chief. Undergrad degree Washington University in St. Louis, M.D. Emory University. Surgical residency Emory, cardiothoracic training GW University and thoracic surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Currently cancer center director at Frederick Regional Health System.

Specialties
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Surgery - Thoracic

Thoracic Surgery

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

56 Answers
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Well.....: While there are no rankings of that kind, you can look at things like reputation, where someone trained and how much surgical volume they do. If i nee... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Compression: TOS is due to compression of the neurovascular structues of the thoracic outlet (subclavian vessels, brachial plexus) . The 1st rib, anterior and med... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Specialization : Cardiothoracic surgeons are trained in both cardiac (heart) and thoracic(lung, esophagus, mediastinum, chest wall, diaphragm) surgery. Those that do b... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Ignore: Make sure you get enough protein. Legumes (beans and nuts) are a good source.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
12-18 months on avg: Depends on the stage but, in general, 12-18 months without treatment. Some very small cancers may grow slowly, if at all, but that's unusual and hard ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
50/50: About 50%, but repeat lung surgery is feasible in many cases when and if it recurs.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Depends: Octogenarians can tolerate chest surgery quite well, if there are no major medical conditions. Age alone is not a huge risk factor, depending on overa... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Costochondral joint: The ribs are comprised of both bone and cartilage. At the junction of the two is the costochondral junction. Your clicking could be due to a separati... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Probably: Ventral hernia is most often a complication of abdominal surgery. It's more common if factors that decrease wound healing are present. Chemo and radia... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
See your doctor: You describe what's called pleuritic pain. It can be due to many causes. At 19, one possibility is a small spontaneous pneumothorax or lung collapse. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Depends: Best is a ct scan. However, if you don't have symptoms, there are guidelines about who should have a screening ct.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
See your doxtor: You should see your doctor and have a chest X-ray. There are many things that can cause your symptoms. Some are serious and some are not.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
No: You may have pectus carinatum or pigeon chest. It may or may not need be corrected. See a thoracic surgeon if you might want to be evaluated for surg... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
More info: Have you had surgery for pneumothorax? If so, vats or open? Was the ablation done via catheter, or did you have surgery?
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Not terribly: Chest x-rays are a poor method of screening for lung cancer in asymptomatic patients. The national lung screening trial validated low dose chest ct fo... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Easy: See a plastic surgeon. Scar revision can often be done in the office.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Yes, but : Yes, but not advisable.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Need a full workup: You need a full work up by a medical oncologist. I expect a bone marrow will be part of it, as will pet/ct.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
It depends: It depends on the size and configuration of the nodule. Who did you see? A pulmonologist? A thoracic surgeon? Some nodules can be ignored, if they... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Vasovagal reaction: Some people experience stimulation of their parasympathetic nervous system. The vagus nerve is stimulated and causes the heart rate to slow and blood ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Nothing : Nerves can be damaged during surgery, which can lead to numbness. It happens no matter how careful or skilled the surgeon may be. It may get better, b... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Leaking?: It depends. If it's a t-tube placed in your bile duct during surgery, that's normal. If it's just a drain placed near the gallbladder bed, you may hav... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Depends: At your age, it's unusual to have it corrected. Most are repaired around age 5. Most are done for cosmetic reasons. However, significant pectus defect... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Hemoptysis?: If this came from a cough, it's called hemoptysis. If from vomiting, called hematemesis. You should see a doctor.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Yes, but: It may very well on a mammogram, mri, ct, pet or ultrasound. Not likely on a plain chest x-ray unless it has metastasized to the lungs or bones.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
No need: Unless there is an infection (which would have to be rather minor to be treated in this manner) there is no need for antibiotic cream.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Depends: Ranges from 90% at 5 years for stage 1 to almost zero for stage 4 (with some exceptions).
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A member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Surgery: Surgical repair is the only option if you want to correct it.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Typically yes: Most require repair.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Not good: Sadly, his prognosis is poor. Surgery isn't an option. If he responds to chemo, he may get a little extra time. He should see a palliative care physic... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
None: After a fundoplication, I'd advise against it.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Talk to your surgeon: Usually less pain after vats c/w open surgery, but it still can hurt. Pain usually resolves over a few weeks. Nerve pain ( intercostal neuralgia) caus... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Not sure : Could be an ileus, which means your bowels are slow to " wake up" and return to normal function. Could also be a bowel obstruction, which is much wors... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Depends : It could be a hematoma that organized and is now a fibrous mass. Could be a healed rib fracture with a large callus (new bone that's formed to heal th... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Yes: Abdominal pain can be part of narcotic withdrawal.
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Yes: Make sure you are being treated by a board certified thoracic surgeon. If this is malignant, treatment planning should include a medical oncologist an... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Maybe: The myotomy or cutting the muscle is the most important part of the procedure. It's often helpful to do a 24 hour ph study to see if there's reflux. O... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Possibly: It depends upon the type of surgery, how long the diaphragm has been paralyzed and ultimately, the cause of the paralysis. If the phrenic nerve was i... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
SEE YOUR SURGEON: May be normal postop pain, but call and/or see your surgeon
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Depends: Scars continue to fade and get less noticeable during the first year after surgery. During that year, you should minimize sun exposure to the scars a... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
CT SURVEILLANCE: Accp guidelines recommend 2 years of low dose ct surveillance. Repeat ct 3 months x 2 then 6 months x 3 for a total of 2 years. Probably nothing.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Not good: Overall, the probability of 5 year survival is in the single digits. There are exceptions. Single metastases to the brain or adrenal gland, if the lym... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
By definition : A thoracic surgeon treats and diagnoses diseases of the chest. This includes the lungs, esophagus, pericardium, diaphragm and mediastinum. Typically, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
No: It is not and should only be considered by a surgeon VERY experienced in the surgical treatment of TOS. If you tryly need reoperative surgery, you sh... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Maybe: You need to see your endocrinogist, who is most qualified to decide whether or not you need thyroid replacement therapy.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Probably: Open wounds exude fluid. If it's clear/yellow it's probably okay. That having been said, if it's a change, speak with your surgeon.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Ignore: Just low carb is not. Enough to be healthy. Eat the right type carbs.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Go outside: You should be fine. The doctor meant do not shower or bathe for a few days. Depending on the procedure, most dressings can be removed and the incision... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Ignore: You still need to limit fat and calories. Low carb diets can still incorporate whole grains ; should.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Soberman
Surgery - Thoracic 40 years experience
Tough it out: Before anesthesia, surgeons worked very quickly to finish the operation before the patient passed out or died. They might have provided something for ... Read More
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Soberman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Soberman is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! I have had a bowel movement since the surgery although it was painful.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank anesthesia otherwise my kidney stone surgery would have been....
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Thanks for your quick reply! youve relieved my mind greatly.i see a pulm specialist tues.thx again

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Emory University School of Medicine, GA
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

EMORY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Completed 1990

Awards

"Top Doctor", Washingtonian Magazine
2005 "Top Doctors", Checkbook
2001- 2012 Castle & Connolly's America's Top Doctors List (annual)

Affiliations

Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
General Thoracic Surgical Club
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