Jerome L. Sandler, a surgeon who practiced in the Washington area for more than 40 years, died Sept. 12 at his home in Potomac. He was 80.

The cause was cardiopulmonary disease, said his son, Glenn Sandler.

Dr. Sandler was a past chairman of the surgery departments at Prince George’s General Hospital and, later, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. He specialized in diseases including breast cancer and helped develop the cancer committee at Shady Grove, his son said.

Jerome Lewis Sandler was born in Washington and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1950. He received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from George Washington University in 1954 and a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1958.

Shortly after opening his Washington-area practice, Dr. Sandler joined the Army and served for two years as a military surgeon. He was a former president of the Washington Academy of Surgery.

Dr. Sandler golfed for many years at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville and belonged to the Washington Hebrew Congregation. With his family, he helped raise more than $3.5 million for pulmonary fibrosis research, according to his son. Dr. Sandler’s daughter Lisa Sandler Spaeth died from the disease in 2007.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Froma Block Sandler of Potomac; two children, Dr. Glenn Sandler of Potomac and Lauren Sandler Pinnar of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Dr. Steven Sandler of Arnold; and five grandchildren.

— Emily Langer