Steven J. Brand, M.D., F.A.C.S

Dr. Steven J. Brand was born in New York City, New York and grew up in New Rochelle,
New York. He graduated Cum Laude from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1975 with a major in Natural Science. After graduating he attended medical school at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts and was awarded his medical degree (M.D.) in 1979 after being elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society. Following graduation from medical school he served as a general surgical resident at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1984 he completed his Chief Residency in General Surgery at Emory University and joined the surgical practice of Nicholas P. Foris, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Frederick, Maryland.

Dr. Brand’s surgical interests include gallbladder (thousands of cases), hernia (thousands), and skin surgery. He was the first general surgeon to introduce laparoscopic general surgical techniques to the Frederick community in May of 1990 and he has extensive experience in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) gallbladder surgery.

Dr. Brand is a co-founder of Thomas Johnson Surgery Center. The Thomas Johnson Surgery Center offers his patients excellent surgical care in a convenient, modern, well-equipped, and relaxing facility.

In addition to those accomplishments and service to the community listed below, Dr. Brand has been a member of the Patient Safety Committee at Frederick Memorial Hospital and has been awarded a Patient Safety Hero Award. He also has been selected by his peers as “Top Doc” (General Surgery) by Frederick Magazine in August 2006 and August 2008.

Dr. Brand enjoys spending his free time with his family, playing tennis, reading, and dabbling in computer programming and office Information Technology-related tasks.

Dr. Brand’s professional memberships and certifications include:

  • Certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1985
  • Recertified by the American Board of Surgery in 1993
  • Recertified by the American Board of Surgery in 2003
  • Recertified by the American Board of Surgery in 2013
  • Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1980
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of General Surgeons
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • Southern Medical Association
  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

Dr. Brand’s service to the community and Frederick Memorial Hospital includes:

  • Member of Board of Directors of Frederick Memorial Hospital, 1999-2005
  • Chief of Staff, 2001-2003
  • Vice-Chief of Staff, 1999-2001
  • Chief of Surgery, 1995-1999
  • Vice-Chief of Surgery, 1993-1995
  • Member of the Strategic Planning Committee at Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Cancer Liaison Physician between the American College of Surgeons and the Cancer Committee at Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Member of the Cancer Committee
  • Member of the Infection Control Committee at Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Member of the RN-MD Task Force at Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Physician Advisory Committee for Information Services at Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Department of Surgery as Vice-Chief of Surgery
  • Member Operating Room/Recovery Room Committee at Frederick Memorial Hospital
  • Member of the Quality Assurance Coordinating Committee at Frederick Memorial Hospital as Vice-Chief of Staff
  • Member of the Board of Directors of The American Cancer Society (Maryland Division, Inc., Frederick County Unit)
  • Surgical Adviser to Frederick Community College’s Surgical Technologist Program
  • Adjunct Professor, Frederick Community College

Mark E. Artusio, M.D., F.A.C.S


Dr. Mark Artusio was born and raised in Pelham, New York. He was educated at Fordham Preparatory School, College of the Holy Cross, and Cornell University Medical College. Thereafter, he trained in surgery for five years at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was selected to function as Chief Resident during his last year. He then served as staff surgeon with Kaiser Permanente in the Washington, D.C. area for four years. There he served as Chief of Surgery and was Director of Urgent Care for several years.

He and his wife, Lynda, a Registered Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, moved to Frederick in 1989. He has been a member of the Foris Surgical Group since that time and is on staff at Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he has served as chief of the Section of General Surgery for the past 18 years. Additionally, he is a founder of Thomas Johnson Surgery Center, where he can provide first rate surgical care in the comfort and convenience of a modern, well-equipped, friendly, and relaxing outpatient facility.

His surgical interests include laparoscopic gallbladder removal, hernia repair (both laparoscopic and open approach), breast surgery, hemorrhoid surgery, skin surgery and port placement for chemotherapy, as well as host of minor office procedures. He has performed thousands of each of these procedures with great success over his career. Many of these operations are performed through tiny incisions that are less painful and are more cosmetic than traditional surgical incisions. His ability to perform painless office procedures with sophisticated use of local anesthetics is unmatched. Additionally, he has a keen interest in a finer cosmetic approach that leaves patients with smaller and more cosmetically appealing incisions for almost any operation. He is committed to “going the extra yard” to ensure excellent cosmetic results

Dr. Artusio has been board certified in Surgery by the American Board of Surgery for 30 years, is a long-standing Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member in good standing of many professional societies. His 36 years of surgical experience give him a broad, mature outlook in matters of diagnosis and treatment of many surgical conditions. He and his wife love living and working in Frederick where they stay busy keeping up with three active sons.