Greater Baltimore Medical Center
"A Special Doctor-Patient Relationship"

Ernest Ronald Stumpfel's Story


I believe that GBMC is a special place. That’s because, at the age of 74, I’m still going strong and feeling great despite living with liver cancer for more than a decade. Cancer doesn’t slow me down, and I still eagerly go to work at Chick-fil-A, a job I’ve loved for nine years. I credit my good health to my team of doctors at GBMC, particularly my primary care physician, Dr. Eugene Obah and my medical oncologist, Dr. Paul Celano. Fortunately for me, my care team has had my cancer under control for years, allowing me to live my life to the fullest with only a monthly chemotherapy injection.

I’ve been a patient of Dr. Obah’s for about 20 years, and I consider him a true blessing in my life. Dr. Obah diagnosed my liver cancer and I’m so grateful for him. Dr. Obah has been coordinating my care and got me in to see an oncologist, Dr. Paul Celano. I feel so fortunate to have such a caring team of cancer professionals on my team, including Dr. Celano and oncology nurse practitioner Paula Pearl. I couldn’t ask for a better team of doctors and professionals working to keep me healthy. They are a great team to have on my side. I feel so blessed to have them all.

What’s incredibly special is the close relationship I have developed with my primary care physician over the years. I enjoy the close and warm relationship I have with Dr. Obah. He has always gone above and beyond for me and is always so warm when he sees me. His smile and his big, friendly greeting — “Mr. Stumpfel, how are you doing today?” — always makes me feel so warm and happy! He’s like a brother to me. And, without his diagnosis of my cancer, I would have died. Thanks to him, I’m still here today. I feel blessed to have Dr. Obah in my life.

I still have the cancer and probably will always have it, but all of the doctors and staff at GBMC take great care of me to keep me healthy and to manage my condition. GBMC is a special place.

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