Carlos Francisco Espinel, MD| Breast Surgery, General Surgery | MedStar Health
Carlos Francisco Espinel

Carlos Francisco Espinel, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (121 reviews)

Specialties: Breast Surgery, General Surgery, Minimally Invasive General Surgery

Languages: Spanish, English


About me

Dr. Francisco Espinel is a board-certified general surgeon at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center with over 10 years of experience in general, breast and acute care surgery. Growing up in the D.C. metropolitan area, he has deep ties to the community and enjoys taking care of patients from Maryland, DC and Virginia. He is a second generation physician who grew up learning medicine from his father, an accomplished Nephrologist and Cardiologist.

Dr. Espinel is an assistant professor of surgery at Georgetown University. He is committed to the education of medical students, residents, and staff.

At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center he is part of a diverse general surgery team who treat a wide range of general surgical issues from the simplest to most complex general surgery cases. 

Dr. Espinel enjoys a wide variety of general surgery cases from robotic davinci, minimily invasive surgery and open surgery to small procedures done in the office setting.

Dr. Espinel completed high school at Gonzaga College High School and his undergraduate degree from Catholic University of America. He then attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. He completed his general surgery residency at George Washington University and fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center.  

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Wall Defect
  • Appendicitis
  • Biliary Colic
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Epigastric Hernia
  • Epiploic Appendagitis
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Femoral Hernia
  • Fistula Enterocutaneous
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallbladder Fistula
  • Hernia
  • Incarcerated Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Internal Hernia
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Leg Wound
  • Nipple Diseases
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Rectus Sheath Hernia
  • Recurrent Femoral Hernia
  • Recurrent Hernia
  • Reducible Hernia
  • Richter Hernia
  • Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Spigelian Hernia
  • Stomach Fistula
  • Stomach Masses
  • Stomal Hernia
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cervical Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Change Of Gastrotomy Tube
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Closure Of Enterostomy
  • Complex Hernia Repair
  • Components Separation
  • Da Vinci
  • Da Vinci Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
  • Da Vinci Hernia Repair
  • Da Vinci Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Da Vinci Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Da Vinci Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Enterectomy
  • Enterolysis
  • Excision Mole
  • Excision Of Cervical Lymph Node
  • Excision Of Cystic Hygroma Axillary Or Cervical
  • Excision Of Tumor
  • Feeding Tube Management
  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Feeding Tube Removal
  • Fetal Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Repair
  • Gastric Ulcer Surgery
  • Gastrostomy Closure Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Imperforate Anus Repair
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Bowel Resection
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Recurrent Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Treatment Of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Umbilical Herniorrhaphy
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lysis Of Adhesions
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Preoperative Progressive Pneumoperitoneum
  • Reduction Of Volvulus
  • Repair Of Paracolostomy Hernia
  • Robotic Appendectomy
  • Robotic Gastrostomy
  • Robotic Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Robotic Surgery For Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Robotic Umbilical Herniorrhaphy
  • Ventral Hernia Repair
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Practice locations

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18101 Prince Philip Drive
Suite 6100
Olney, MD, 20832


Fax 844-569-0852

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882 Muddy Branch Road
Darnestown, MD, 20878


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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
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • United Choice
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • D-SNP)
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • United Choice Plus
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Cigna EPO
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Golden Rule
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • United Student Resources
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Virginia Premier
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • United Navigate
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • I-SNP
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Tricare East Select
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Kaiser Select
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Aetna HMO
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Fellowship Program: Columbia University Medical Center (2010)

Residency Program: George Washington University Hospital (2009)

Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2007)

Residency Program: Pennsylvania Hospital (2005)

Internship Program: St. Vincents Hospital-Manhattan (2003)

Medical School: New York Medical College (2002)

Medical School: Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara (1999)


    • Top Doctor Washingtonian Magazine: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
    • Top Doctor Virginia Living Magazine: 2020
    • Top Doctor Northern Virginia Magazine: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

News and publications


Implications of Clostridium septicum in Vascular Surgery: A Case Report and Outcomes Literature Review. Alimi Y, Sosin M, Borsinger TM, Garrett JR, Salameh JR, Espinel CF. Ann Vasc Surg. 2017 Aug; Review. PMID: 28479472

Performance and Practice Guideline for the Use of Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy in the Management of Breast Cancer. Holmes D, Colfry A, Czerniecki B, Dickson-Witmer D, Espinel CF, Feldman E, Gallagher K, Greenup R, Herrmann V, Kuerer H, Malik M, Manahan E, O'Neill J, Patel M, Sebastian M, Wheeler A, Kass R. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Oct; PMID: 26224406

The hepatic buttress: A novel surgical technique to treat an intrapericardial diaphragmatic defect after hybrid myocardial ablation. Chapman WC Jr, Sosin M, Salameh JR, Espinel CF. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jul; PMID: 25957456

MammaPrint Feasibility in a Large Tertiary Urban Medical Center: An Initial Experience. Espinel CF, Keating S, Hibshoosh H, Taback B, Joseph KA, El-Tamer M, Feldman S. Scientifica (Cairo). 2012; PMID: 24278759

Laparoscopy for stage IV melanoma in two organs. Kasza J, Espinel CF, Khambaty F, Bashir S, Brody F.Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2010 Aug; PMID: 20729707

Percutaneous balloon occlusion of the inferior vena cava as an adjunct for treating ruptured type IV thoracoabdominal aneurysm and aortocaval fistula. Espinel CF, Calligaro KD, Dougherty MJ.J Vasc Surg. 2006 Apr; PMID: 16616245

Which adolescents are most receptive to tobacco industry marketing? implications for counteradvertising campaigns.Audrain-McGovern J, Tercyak KP, Shields AE, Bush A, Espinel CF, Lerman C. Health Commun. 2003;15(4):499-513.PMID: 14527869


Espinel CF, El-Tamer, M., Tabak, B., Jospeh, KA., Feldman, S. MammaPrint feasibility in a large academic medical center: initial experience. Poster presentation. American Society of Breast Surgeons. 11th Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada. May 2010.

Espinel CF, Feldman S, Mitchel S. Nipple sparing mastectomy: Instruction Video. Comprehensive Online Archived Care Heuristic. Online Medical Education Training Paradigm. Columbia University Medical Center. Department of Surgery. April 2010.

Ruotolo RA, Espinel CF, Solot CB, McDonald-McGinn DM, Zackai EH, Kirschner RE. Velar motion and VPI treatment outcomes in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Oral Presentation. Ivy Society Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. June 2006.

Ruotolo RA, Espinel CF, LaRossa D, Kirschner RE. Lip Adhesion and nasal conformers: staging cleft lip repair to optimize outcome. Oral Presentation. First Annual Whitaker Lectureship, Philadelphia, PA. May 2006.

Espinel CF, Cabiling D, Kirshner R. The role of TGF-b in syndromic and non-syndromic craniosynostosis. Oral and Poster Presentation at the Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting, Loma Linda, California, May 2006.

Ruotolo R, Espinel CF, Kirschner R. Lip adhesion and nasal conformers: staging cleft lip repair to optimize outcome. Poster Presentation. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Vancouver BC, Canada. April 2006.

Ruotolo RA, Espinel CF, LaRossa D, Kirschner RE. Lip adhesion and nasal conformers: staging cleft lip repair to optimize outcome. Poster Presentation. Vancouver, BC Canada. April 2006.

Ruotolo RA, Espinel CF, Solot CB, McDonald-McGinn DM, Zackai EH, Kirschner RE. Velar motion and VPI treatment outcomes in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Oral and Poster Presentation. Vancouver, BC Canada. April 2006.

Ruotolo R, Espinel CF, Solot C., McDonald-McGinn D, Zackai E, Kirschner R. Velar motion and VPI treatment outcomes in 22Q11.2 deletion syndrome. Oral Presentation. Senior Resident Conference. Arlington, Va. March 2006.

Espinel CF, Tercyak KP, Audrain J. The influence of demographics, environmental smoking exposure, and sports participation on levels of adolescent tobacco use. Poster presentation at The Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center Annual Research Fair, Washington, DC. June 2001.

Tercyak KP, Espinel CF, Audrain J. ADHD symptomatology, cigarette smoking, and evidence for common bio-behavioral mechanisms of association. Poster presentation at the Bi-annual Florida Conference on Child Psychology, Gainesville, FL. May 2001.


Virginia Hospital Center Bariatric Symposium, “Surgical Emergencies in the Bariatric Patient” Virginia Hospital Center; Arlington, VA, 2019

Medical Resident Conference, “Abdominal Pain/Acute Abdomen” Virginia Hospital Center; Arlington, VA, 2018 & 2017

Surgical Grand Rounds, “Acute Care Surgery: In the Private Practice Setting” Virginia Hospital Center; Arlington, VA, 2014

“Update in Breast Cancer and Breast Disease” St. Stephen Lutheran Church; Silver Spring, MD, 2012 Surgical Grand Rounds,

“Nipple Sparring Mastectomy” Holy Cross Hospital; Silver Spring, MD, 2010

Women at Risk Benefit, “The Latest in Breast Cancer Research” New York, NY, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Day, “Breast Cancer Update” Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York, NY, 2009

Go-Pink Invited Speaker of the Year, “Risk Factors in Breast Cancer” Rye Country Day High School; Rye, NY, 2009

Ratings and reviews

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  • Apr 30, 2024

    Dr. Espinel is excellent, he is compassionate and thorough. He took his time with me, answered all my questions, and instills me with great confidence in my health plan and progress.

  • Apr 23, 2024

    He is very polit and a good listener.

  • Mar 26, 2024

    Dr. Espinel I a very good doctor. He listens and explains very well all the doubts related to the treatment to be followed for the symptoms.