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

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.

What our patients are saying

What our patients are saying

  • I love this practice! Nadine has been my CNM for almost a decade and she's wonderful. She genuinely cares about my well-being and makes recommendations based on my personal preferences, my medical history and her expertise. At this practice, you aren't just a number. You're treated like family! 🙂

    Skyler G.
    1/21/2020

    Dr James Barter is an amazing and caring doctor with a great bedside manner.. When I found out that I had uterine cancer, he took the time to answer all my questions and put my mind at ease. I am now cancer free, thanks to Dr. Barter and his staff. I highly recommend him.

    Christine M.
    1/09/2020
  • Dr. Snyder and her staff were excellent with my young teen. Very respectful, kind, and understanding. They made us both feel at ease. Dr. Snyder spent a long time with us answering any and every question. Extremely thorough and followed up with us the next day with a personal phone call. Couldn’t be happier with their professionalism and care.

    Nicole M.
    10/14/2019

    Dr Snyder is the best. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She made me feel completely comfortable. The woman who scheduled me was extremely helpful and the staff there was great!

    20gre20
    9/10/2020
  • Dr. Diane Snyder is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and caring. I recommend her with no reservation!

    Elaine B.
    10/22/2020

    It was a very friendly emvienviron. Excellent
    Customer Service and bedside manner was wonderful and genuine. Thank you everyone at Women's Health Care and specialties.
    You are very unique.

    Joye B.
    7/30/2020
  • Dr. James Barter is an Excellent Surgeon! He took time to explain all the details about everything. Dr. Barter took excellent care of me and I am truly grateful to have had him as my surgeon! I’m am healing nicely and forever thankful to be relieved of all of my health issue! Job Well Done!!! Many Thanks to Dr. Barter!

    Pauline S.
    12/11/2019

    Dr. Steren is the best possible surgeon that you can find in this area. He is super knowledgeable and calm. My memory was blurred about the surgery, and it was not until my post-op that I got the surgery notes and could fully appreciate the complex procedures Dr. Steren and his team performed. They saved my life! I am sincerely grateful for the experience with Dr. Steren’ team, and would recommend anyone with similar medical concerns.

    Ziyao T.
    9/09/2020
  • Dr. Steren saved my life, I mean it. I would give him 10 stars if that would be allowed by GOOGLE reviews. I am really glad that I had a surgery with Dr. Steren and nobody else. He is a great surgeon! He and his team did wonders to save me. My surgery went really well, and my recovery was quick and painless. Thank you Dr. Steren and your team!!! I also would like to mention Dr. Steren assistant Dr. Le, who watched me after surgery. Dr Le is a wonderful doctor, very caring, very knowledgeable and with finest manners. And I would also like to mention Nadine Thompson PA. She is a wonderful PA, very kind, very knowledgeable, very caring. She instructed me before surgery and helped me after. Made all things easy for me. Thank you!!!

    O V.
    7/13/2020

    Dr. Steren was recommended by my friend and her sister who both had myomectomies performed by Dr. Steren, and I am really glad that I had a surgery with Dr. Steren. He is really kind, knowledgeable and has great bedside manner. He is a great surgeon! I had Da Vinci assisted laparoscopic myomectomy for 9 cm fibroid. My surgery went really well, and my recovery was quick and painless. Thank you Dr. Steren and your team!!!

    Maja S.
    3/10/2020

Contact & Locations

Phone & Fax

Phone: (301) 770-4967(GYNS)

Fax: (301) 770-3205 

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: (301) 770-3205

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