Condition Report: Congressman Steve Scalise

Released on behalf of the Scalise family, July 6, 2017, 5:50 p.m. 

Congressman Steve Scalise underwent surgery for the management of infection. He tolerated the procedure well. He remains in serious condition. We will provide updates as appropriate.


July 5, 2017, 10 p.m.

Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection. His condition is listed as serious. We will provide another update tomorrow, July 6.


June 23, 2017, 3:15 p.m.

Congressman Steve Scalise’s continued good progress allowed him to be transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Thursday (June 22). He remains in fair condition as he continues an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.


June 21, 2017, Noon 

Congressman Steve Scalise continues to make good progress. He is now listed in fair condition and is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.


Released on behalf of the Scalise family, Saturday, June 17, 2017, 6 p.m.

Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition. He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement. He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones. The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers.

Note: This is the final update for the weekend.


Press briefing remarks by Dr. Jack Sava, Director of Trauma for MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
Shared on behalf of the Scalise family, June 16, 2017, 3:15 p.m.

We are aware that many in the nation are concerned about the patients brought to us for care, after the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, June 14.  I want to provide some background and an update.  

Special Agent Crystal Griner with the United States Capitol Police sustained a gunshot wound to the ankle, and remains hospitalized in good condition.

Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single wound from a rifle, entering in the area of his left hip. The bullet traveled straight across toward the other hip, in what we call a transpelvic gunshot wound.  The round fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels. I understand he was awake initially, but due to severe bleeding, by the time he arrived at MedSTAR by helicopter, he was in shock.

My partners, Dr. Tony Shiflett and Dr. Christine Trankiem, as well as other doctors and nurses, saw him in the trauma center, and immediately transported him to the operating room for surgery.   In the OR, he was in critical condition and received many units of blood transfusion for ongoing hemorrhage from multiple locations. He received truly amazing anesthesia care from Dr. Scott Frank and Dr. Eric Skolnick.  Largely due to their work, we were able to get him through the operation and take him to Interventional Radiology, where Dr. Arshad Khan performed another procedure to further control bleeding.

From there he was taken to intensive care under the care of Dr. Chadi Abouassaly. Over the course of Wednesday night, we were encouraged to see evidence that we had controlled the bleeding.  Yesterday, (June 15, 2017) Dr. Trankiem and I performed a second operation, and Dr. Rob Golden, our director of orthopaedic trauma, repaired a bone in the leg.

The Congressman remains in critical condition.  Over the last 36 hours, we have been encouraged to see some improvement in his condition.  We have controlled the internal bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilized.  

The Congressman will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other broken bones.  He will be in the hospital for some time. Predicting the length of that hospital stay will be much easier after a few more days have passed. After discharge he will need a period of healing and rehabilitation.

On behalf of the MedSTAR Trauma team, I’d like to thank the special agents on the scene for their outstanding life-saving response, and I’d like to thank the first responders for the excellent care given to all the people injured. We are aware here at the Hospital Center of their critical role, and we salute their commitment and dedication.

Bio: Jack Sava, MD, FACS

Jack Sava, MD, FACS, is the director of Trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He also directs the General Surgery Residency Program. He has specialized training in General Surgery, Critical Care and Trauma.  

Dr. Sava received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, and his medical degree from McGill Medical School in Montreal. His internship was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, followed by a surgical residency at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at LAC+USC Medical Center.  

He is a member of numerous surgical associations, has lectured locally and nationally, and has authored many abstracts, journal articles and book chapters in his field.  

Other Physicians Mentioned in Statement

Tony Shiflett, DO, Trauma Surgeon 
Christine Trankiem, MD, Trauma Surgeon 
Chadi Abouassaly, MD, Trauma Surgeon 
Scott Frank, MD, Anesthesiologist 
Eric Skolnick, MD, Anesthesiologist 
Arshad Khan, MD, Vascular Interventional Radiologist 
Robert Golden, MD, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon  

June 15, 2017, 8:10 pm

Earlier today, Congressman Steve Scalise underwent a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg. He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours.  The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time. At the request of the family, we will continue to provide periodic updates.

June 14, 2017, 8:15 pm 

Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center.  He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding.  He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations.  We will provide periodic updates.

MedStar Health Surpasses 1000th Online Doctor Visit

eVisit Makes Urgent Care Accessible Anywhere Consumers are Connected

Columbia, Md. (Monday, March 6)—MedStar Health’s virtual visit telehealth service, MedStar eVisit, marked a significant milestone this month when it provided its 1000th online doctor visit, securing its place in the health system’s growing network of quality care that is convenient and accessible. Launched as a pilot to employees, MedStar eVisit was expanded as an offering to the general public in October 2016.

Increasingly, consumers expect personalized care that is convenient and coordinated. Use of virtual visits is expected to grow rapidly and could account for nearly one-fifth of medical visits within the next 10 years.

Virtual medical visits can be effective in treating common conditions, such as mild flu-like symptoms, coughs and colds. Other minor conditions that are suited for virtual visits include skin rashes, pink eye, allergies, and known urinary tract or yeast infections. For assistance in determining whether MedStar eVisit is suitable for their condition, consumers can download a guide to care options.

“Offering virtual medical visits is an extension of MedStar’s commitment to making quality health care convenient and accessible,” said Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, MedStar’s chief medical officer. “The easier we can make it for individuals to seek care, the more likely they will be helped early on, when symptoms and illnesses can be easier to treat. Using telehealth also empowers individuals and makes them equal partners in their care,” he said.

MedStar’s technology partner is American Well®, a leading telehealth company whose Amwell™ service is accredited by the American Telemedicine Association. Danielle Russella, president, customer solutions, at American Well said: “MedStar is known for delivering advanced care to patients for a wide range of conditions. From urgent care, to chronic condition management, to follow up appointments, telehealth will allow MedStar to extend care into the communities it serves, and beyond. We are honored to help bring eVisits to life and, most importantly, to the MedStar community.”

Encounters using MedStar eVisit cost $49 and qualify as a reimbursable healthcare spending account expense. The cost can also be reimbursed through certain health insurance plans, depending on one’s plan. The MedStar eVisit app is available free for Apple or Android mobile devices, or can be accessed from a computer online.

MedStar has been steadily adding online options that give consumers more control over their healthcare experience. In addition to being able to see a doctor online 24/7 using MedStar eVisit, patients also can use online appointment scheduling, and online check-in for MedStar Health Urgent Care urgent care visits.

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.

About American Well
American Well uses telehealth to improve people’s access to quality care. Through our partnerships with the nation’s largest health systems, insurers, employers, and retailers, our award-winning telehealth Exchange and our direct-to-consumer service Amwell™ we connect millions of Americans to the doctors they trust for live video visits. Through the power of telehealth, we help patients get the care they need in a timely fashion, and help doctors be there for their patients. We build technologies to make healthcare go where people need it most. For more on how we are changing healthcare delivery through telehealth, visit

American Well and Amwell are registered trademarks or trademarks of American Well Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

Contact: Ann Nickels, 410-772-6661,

Media Advisory: MedStar Washington Hospital Center Nursing Hosts Evidence-Based Practice Research Conference

When: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  
Where: Catholic University of America, Pryzbyla Conference Center  

Evidence-based research is an increasing part of nursing practice, both in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. Just what that research entails – and how to conduct and support that research in an acute care environment – will be among the topics at the 2nd Annual Nursing Evidence-Based Practice and Research Conference on March 9 at Catholic University. 

“The return of this event reflects rising interest in improving patient care with nursing practices rooted in evidence-based research,” notes Susan Eckert, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, senior vice president and chief nursing executive at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “There is growing awareness that patient care has evolved to incorporate more data, more critical thinking and more literature review, as part of the broader effort to establish best practices.”

MedStar Washington Hospital Center and its Department of Nursing are committed to advancing nursing science and this conference is supported through its Center for Excellence in Nursing. The conference is organized by the Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council, part of the nursing Collaborative Governance structure.


 Speakers include:  

  • Shaunagh Browning, RN, FNP-BC, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Katherine Patterson Kelly, PhD, RN, Children’s National Health System
  • Mihriye Mete, PhD, MedStar Health Research Institute
  • Regina Greer-Smith MPH, FACHE, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
 RSVP:  To attend the conference or for more information, please contact: So Young Pak  at (202) 877-2748.