Alexander I. Papolos, MD| Cardiac Critical Care | MedStar Health

Alexander I. Papolos, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Cardiac Critical Care

Languages: English

This doctor only sees patients in a hospital setting and does not schedule visits.

About me

Alexander Papolos, MD, is a cardiac intensivist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. As a cardiologist, echocardiologist, and critical care doctor, he specializes in several different areas of medicine to help his intensive care patients receive the care they need. As part of his clinical practice, Dr. Papolos treats heart failure, various kinds of cardiomyopathies, acute coronary syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, and cardiogenic shock.

Dr. Papolos is actively involved in research and is particularly interested in studying right ventricular failure and right ventricular pulmonary arterial coupling. He has developed a novel echocardiographic measure of pulmonary arterial capacitance and is currently investigating how it can be used to help treat patients with pulmonary hypertension and right heart dysfunction.

Philosophy of Care
My goal is to treat every patient how I would want to be treated or how I would want my family members treated. In the ICU, it becomes clear that we are not only caring for the patients, but we are also caring for their families.”
—Alexander Papolos, MD

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Dissection Of Aorta
  • Encephalopathies
  • Hypotension
  • Hypovolemia
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Hypertension
  • Metabolic Acidosis
  • Renal Failure
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Sepsis
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Trauma
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
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Procedures I perform

  • Arterial Line Placement
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Chest Tube Insertion
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Intra Aortic Balloon Pump
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Median Sternotomy
  • Pacemaker Placement
  • Paracentesis
  • Renal Replacement Therapy Education
  • Right Heart Catheterization
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracostomy
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Ultrasound
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
MHVI-1st Floor North Addition
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-6891

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Fax 202-877-6891


MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Open HMO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Tricare Prime
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Network OA
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • United Student Resources
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • Open POS II
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine

Fellowship Program: University of California San Francisco (2019)

Fellowship Program: University of California San Francisco (2018)

Residency Program: Mount Sinai Medical Center (2015)

Medical School: New York Medical College (2012)