Andrew Weidner Ertel, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (158 reviews)

Specialities: Valvular Disease Cardiology, Structural Heart Disease Cardiology, Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology

Languages: English

(202) 877-6891

About me

Andrew Ertel, MD, is a non-invasive cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Institute of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cardiac conditions, such as coronary artery disease, heart failure, and valvular disease, with a special interest in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and pericardial disease. In addition, Dr. Ertel is specialty trained in cardiac computed tomography (CT) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Dr. Ertel is passionate about using cardiac MRI and cardiac CT imaging technologies to advance diagnostic capabilities for complex cardiovascular conditions and deliver individualized treatment plans. His clinical focus is on applying these techniques to patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and pericardial disease, where these modalities offer significant advantages over conventional imaging.

He is also actively engaged with the structural heart team at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and uses cardiac CT to provide detailed pre-procedural assessments to facilitate successful execution of advanced structural interventions, such as percutaneous aortic and mitral valve implantation, and left atrial appendage closure.

Dr. Ertel received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He then completed a three-year residency in internal medicine at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. He continued his training at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, where he completed a three-year fellowship in cardiovascular disease. Finally, Dr. Ertel completed fellowship training in advanced cardiovascular imaging with the National Institutes of Health before joining MedStar Health.

As a crucial part of a team of specialized cardiologists, Dr. Ertel accepts referrals for all cardiovascular conditions. He and his colleagues at MedStar Washington Hospital Center provide the highest level of cardiac care for patients in the Washington, D.C., region and are dedicated to creating a personalized, comprehensive approach for each patient.

Philosophy of Care

“At MedStar Washington Hospital Center, we have expertise in every aspect of the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular conditions. In my role as a general clinical cardiologist, my job is to guide my patients through our system and identify the best diagnostic and therapeutic options for their condition. At times, this involves finding an expert within our system who can treat, either through medications or interventions, a particular problem. Sometimes, this process involves my expertise in multimodality imaging, selecting the test or tests for an individual patient that will provide us with the best diagnostic information, which will then inform an optimal and individualized treatment plan.

“In every case, I have the utmost confidence that we possess excellence in all aspects of cardiovascular care here at MedStar, such that our patients can get the very best that contemporary cardiovascular care has to offer, right here.

“I am part of a team of specialists that are skilled in a variety of techniques and focus on providing a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient. I take the time to listen to my patients in order to gain an understanding of how their symptoms affect their lives and how, together, we can make the best decisions regarding their care.”

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Coronary Angiography
  • Abnormal Electrocardiogram Ekg
  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Acute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Advanced Heart Failure Adhf
  • Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy
  • Amyloidosis
  • Anomalies Of The Coronary Artery
  • Anomalous Coronary Artery Aca
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Ulcer
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis Of The Aorta
  • Athletic Heart Syndrome
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Septal Defect Asd
  • Atrial Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular Block
  • Autoimmune Pericarditis
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiac Angina
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac Insufficiency
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardiac Tumor
  • Cardio Oncology
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Cardiotoxicity
  • Carotid Aneurysm
  • Carotid Intimal Thickness
  • Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Cerebral Venous Thrombosis
  • Chemodectoma
  • Chest Pain
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Chronic Total Occlusion
  • Congestive Heart Failure Chf
  • Coronary Artery Calcification
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Fistula
  • Cyanotic Heart Disease
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Double Aortic Arch
  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle Dorv
  • Dysautonomia
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Edema
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Elevated Creatine Kinase
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Familial Arrhythmias
  • Familial Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Family History Of Heart Disease
  • Family History Of Sudden Cardiac Death
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Genetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Giant Cell Myocarditis
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Problems
  • Heart Racing
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Left Bundle Branch Block
  • Left Heart Failure
  • Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Lymphangitis
  • Lymphedema
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mthfr Mutation
  • Myocardial Infarction Mi
  • Myocarditis
  • Myxoma
  • Orthopnea
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Palpitations
  • Papillary Muscle Disorders
  • Paraganglioma
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return Papvr
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Peripheral Edema
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pre Excitation Syndrome
  • Premature Atrial Contraction
  • Premature Beats
  • Premature Ventricular Contractions
  • Prinzmetals Angina
  • Pulmonary Artery Coarctation And Atresia
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Capillary Hemangiomatosis
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Vein Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease
  • Refractory Angina
  • Renal Vein Compression
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Aortic Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Aortic Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Diseases Of Pulmonary Valve
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Rheumatic Heart Failure
  • Rheumatic Mitral Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Right Bundle Branch Block
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Single Ventricle Defect
  • Stenotic Valve Diseases
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachycardia Bradycardia Syndrome
  • Takayasu Arteritis
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Type 1 Second Degree Heart Block
  • Type 2 Second Degree Heart Block
  • Unstable Angina
  • Valve Stenosis
  • Valvular Endocarditis
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Variant Angina
  • Vasospastic Angina
  • Vasovagal Syncope
  • Venous Tumors
  • Ventricular Aneurysm
  • Ventricular Arrhythmia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Viral Cardiomyopathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Duplex Ultrasound
  • Adenosine Stress Test
  • Advanced Lipid Blood Tests
  • Anticoagulation
  • Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty
  • Balloon Catheter
  • Balloon Mitral Valvuloplasty
  • Cardiac Ct
  • Cardiac Mri
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Risk Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Collateral Vessel Closure
  • Coronary Brachytherapy
  • Directional Atherectomy
  • Dobutamine Stress Test
  • Edwards Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Heart Valve
  • Electrocardiogram Ekg
  • Electrophysiology Testing
  • Embolic Protection Devices
  • Heart Health
  • Holter Monitor
  • Implantable Cardiac Monitor Procedure
  • In Office Cardiac Echocardiogram
  • In Office Cardiac Stress Test
  • Left Atrial Appendage Closure
  • Loop Recorder
  • Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Paravalvular Leak Repair
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closure
  • Percutaneous Mitral Valve Repair
  • Percutaneous Valvuloplasty
  • Preoperative Evaluation
  • Preventative Cardiology
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary And Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Replacement Of Heart Valve
  • Rotational Atherectomy
  • Sports Related Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Stress Echo Cardiogram
  • Thallium Stress Test
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair
  • Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Replacement
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • Transradial Catheterization
  • Transradial Coronary Angioplasty
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • Vo2 Measurement
  • Watchman Device Implantation
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Practice locations

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106 Irving Street Northwest
Pob North Tower Ste 2200
Washington, DC, 20010

202-877-7777

Fax 202-877-6891

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Insurance

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

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Fellowship Program: National Institute of Health (2014)

Fellowship Program: University of Illinois Hospital (2013)

Residency Program: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2010)

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine (2007)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.8
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.8
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.7
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.6
  • Provider showed respect

    4.8
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.7
  • Aug 3, 2021

    The doctor is very patient, caring and listen me. I am very satisfy with the doctor. The only thing doctor is initial recommendation (test prior visit to save my time & money) didn't communicated well.

  • Jun 17, 2021

    Dr. Ertel is very good over all, and we recommend him to friends.

  • May 6, 2021

    Excellent!