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

Specialities: Cardiac Critical Care

Languages: English

(202) 877-7258

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
Washington, DC, 20010

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Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Osteopathic 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)

Hospital affiliations