New look, same mission.  Welcome to our new site!

Caring for women and girls of  all ages

New look, same mission. 

Welcome to our new site!

Caring for women and girls of all ages

Top Doctors of 2021!

Physicians nominated by Bethesda Magazine as “Top Doctors” undergo a rigorous screening process conducted by a third-party health care research company.  This year, we’re proud to see three of our physicians receive this recognition:

Dr. James F. Barter, MD, Gynecological Oncology

Dr. Diane J. Snyder, MD, Gynecology, Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology

Dr. Albert J. Steren, MD, Gynecological Oncology

Personalized healthcare has never been easier

Located in Rockville and Germantown, Maryland, we offer the highest quality of gynecologic and gynecologic oncology healthcare, as well as care for women and girls of all ages.

Personalized healthcare has never been easier

Located in Rockville and Germantown, Maryland, we offer the highest quality of gynecologic and gynecologic oncology healthcare, as well as care for women and girls of all ages.

All of your healthcare needs under one roof

Office Visits

  • Annual Well-Woman Exams
  • Birth Control
  • Screening and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • IUD (Intrauterine Device) Insertion and Management
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis Care
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Vaginal Infections
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Genetic Screening and Testing
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Abnormal Pap smears
  • HPV Testing

Surgical Services

  • Surgical Treatment of:
    • Gynecologic Cancers

    • Fibroids

    • Infertility

    • Benign Tumor Ovary

    • Endometriosis

    • Pelvic Prolapse

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Including:

    • Hysteroscopy

    • Hysterectomy

    • Laparoscopy including Robotic Surgery

    • Myomectomy
  • Surveillance and Treatment of Genetic Predisposition to Gynecologic Cancers

In-office Procedures

  • Intrauterine Device Insertion & Removal

  • Nexplanon Insertion & Removal

  • Colposcopy (Magnification View of Cervix)

  • Hysteroscopy (View of Inside of Uterus)

  • LEEP (Loop Excision Procedure) for Treatment of Cervical Disease

Ancillary Services

All of your healthcare needs under one roof

Office Visits

  • Annual Well-Woman Exams
  • Birth Control
  • Screening and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • IUD (Intrauterine Device) Insertion and Management
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis Care
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Vaginal Infections
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
  • Genetic Screening and Testing
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Abnormal Pap smears
  • HPV Testing

Surgical Services

  • Surgical Treatment of:
    • Gynecologic Cancers

    • Fibroids

    • Infertility

    • Benign Tumor Ovary

    • Endometriosis

    • Pelvic Prolapse

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Including:

    • Hysteroscopy

    • Hysterectomy

    • Laparoscopy including Robotic Surgery

    • Myomectomy
  • Surveillance and Treatment of Genetic Predisposition to Gynecologic Cancers

In-office Procedures

  • Intrauterine Device Insertion & Removal

  • Nexplanon Insertion & Removal

  • Colposcopy (Magnification View of Cervix)

  • Hysteroscopy (View of Inside of Uterus)

  • LEEP (Loop Excision Procedure) for Treatment of Cervical Disease

Ancillary Services

Meet our providers

Meet our providers

Our surgical expertise

Women’s Health Specialists is a leading provider of minimally invasive surgery to help women recover more quickly and with less discomfort compared to traditional surgical methods. We treat a wide array of gynecological issues, including:

  • Complex Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)

  • Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
  • Treatment of Endometriosis
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Treatment for Menorrhagia, or Very Heavy Bleeding

  • Fibroid Removal

  • Infertility Treatments

  • Complex Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)

  • Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)

  • Treatment of Endometriosis

  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Treatment for Menorrhagia, or Very Heavy Bleeding

  • Fibroid Removal

  • Infertility Treatments

Da Vinci® Surgery

Our state-of-the-art services include robotic surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system to perform the most advanced minimally invasive procedures that treat gynecological and oncological diseases. 

In 2008, the first procedure using the da Vinci Surgical System at Holy Cross Germantown Hospital was performed by Albert Steren, MD.

Our surgical team

Our surgical team

Dr. Albert J. Steren

Dr. Albert J. Steren has over 30 years of experience in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Gynecologic Oncology, and has worked at Women’s Health Specialists of Montgomery County for over 20 years. A leader in the field of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and medical director of an AAGL-certified fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Steren performed the first robotic surgery at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring in 2008. Read More

Dr. James F. Barter

Dr. Barter is Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, Maryland.  He has an active Gynecologic Oncology practice performing 700 surgical cases per year, and has done approximately 1400 da Vinci systems robotic surgeries.  He has lectured nationally and internationally on robotic surgery. Read More

Get care virtually

We are here to help keep you and your family healthy and safe as we navigate Coronavirus (COVID-19) together.  We offer video-based telemedicine, so you can stay home and still receive care! We accept new patients for telemedicine. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Wondering how to prepare for your scheduled appointment? Learn more about what to expect before your telemedicine visit.

Get care virtually

We are here to help keep you and your family healthy and safe as we navigate Coronavirus (COVID-19) together.  We offer video-based telemedicine, so you can stay home and still receive care!

We accept new patients for telemedicine appointments for all providers. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

Wondering how to prepare for your scheduled appointment? Learn more about what to expect before your telemedicine visit.

Accepted Insurance

  • Aetna

  • Alliance

  • Anthem (No Health Keepers)

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • CareFirst

  • Cigna (No Healthspring or net access)   

  • GEHA

  • Great West

  • Health Net

  • Humana

  • Johns Hopkins Health

  • Kaiser

  • Lumenos

  • MAMSI

  • MD Medicaid (No UnitedHealth Care Community Plan; No Medstar; No Maryland Physician Care; No DC)

  • Medicare

  • Multi-Plan

  • NCPPO

  • Tricare

  • Unicare

  • United Healthcare Choice Plus & PPO

The insurance plans we participate with change regularly. Please call our office if you don’t see your insurance carrier listed.

Not on one of our accepted insurances or prefer to self-pay? We offer reduced rates for payment at the time of service. Otherwise, you will be asked to leave a $200 deposit for services rendered.

Accepted Insurance

  • Aetna

  • Alliance

  • Anthem (No Health Keepers)

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • CareFirst

  • Cigna (No Healthspring or net access)

  • GEHA

  • Great West

  • Health Net

  • Humana

  • Johns Hopkins Health

  • Kaiser

  • Lumenos

  • MAMSI

  • MD Medicaid (No UnitedHealth Care Community Plan; No Medstar; No Maryland Physician Care; No DC)

  • Medicare

  • Multi-Plan

  • NCPPO

  • Tricare

  • Unicare

  • United Healthcare Choice Plus & PPO

The insurance plans we participate with change regularly. Please call our office if you don’t see your insurance carrier listed.

Not on one of our accepted insurances or prefer to self-pay? We offer reduced rates for payment at the time of service. Otherwise, you will be asked to leave a $200 deposit for services rendered.

Contact & Locations

Phone & Fax

Phone: (301) 770-4967(GYNS)

Fax: (844) 251-4625

We understand that cancellations happen. If you need to cancel an appointment, please contact our office 24 hours before your appointment. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice may be subject to a cancellation fee.

Office Hours

Rockville:  Mon – Fri: 8am – 4:30pm

Germantown:  Mon – Thur: 8am – 4:30pm, Fri: 7:30am – 4pm

Phone hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

On-call provider are available 24 hours per day

Hospital Privileges

Holy Cross Hospital
1500 Forest Glen Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 754-7000

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
19801 Observation Dr
Germantown, MD 20876
Phone: (301) 557-6000

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
9901 Medical Center Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (240) 826-6000

Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center
6400 Goldsboro Rd, Suite 400
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: (301) 263-0800

Contact & Locations

Phone & Fax

Phone: (301) 770-4967(GYNS)

Fax: (844) 251-4625

We understand that cancellations happen. If you need to cancel an appointment, please contact our office 24 hours before your appointment. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours of notice may be subject to a cancellation fee.

Office Hours

Rockville:  Mon – Fri: 8am – 4:30pm

Germantown:  Mon – Thur: 8am – 4:30pm, Fri: 7:30am – 4pm

Phone hours: 8:30am-4:30pm

On-call provider are available 24 hours per day

Hospital Privileges

Holy Cross Hospital
1500 Forest Glen Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (301) 754-7000

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
19801 Observation Dr
Germantown, MD 20876
Phone: (301) 557-6000

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
9901 Medical Center Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (240) 826-6000

Massachusetts Avenue Surgery Center
6400 Goldsboro Rd, Suite 400
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: (301) 263-0800

Rockville

6301 Executive Blvd
Rockville, MD 20852

Parking: FREE

Germantown

12800 Middlebrook Rd, Suite 480
Germantown, MD 20874

Parking: FREE