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

Specialities: 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.  

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Wall Defect
  • Appendicitis
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Skin
  • Biliary Colic
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Contusion Abdominal Wall
  • Epiploic Appendagitis
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Esophageal Diverticulum
  • Femoral Hernia
  • Fistula Enterocutaneous
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallbladder Fistula
  • Hernia
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Incarcerated Hernia
  • Incidentaloma
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Internal Hernia
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Infarction
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intra Abdominal Cancer
  • Intraabdominal Cyst
  • Intractable Abdominal Pain
  • Intussusception
  • Laceration
  • Leg Wound
  • Lipomas
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Mass On Trunk
  • Meckel Diverticulum
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Mesenteric Mass
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Nipple Diseases
  • Non Healing Wound
  • Non Traumatic Hematoma Of Soft Tissue
  • Pancreaticobiliary Disease
  • Pelvic Abscess
  • Pelvic Adhesions
  • Perforation Of Bile Duct
  • Perforation Of Gallbladder
  • Pilar Cyst
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Rectus Sheath Hernia
  • Recurrent Femoral Hernia
  • Recurrent Hernia
  • Reducible Hernia
  • Right Lower Quadrant Pain
  • Sarcoma Of The Abdomen
  • Sarcoma Of The Extremities
  • Skin Abscess
  • Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Spleen Injury
  • Splenic Cyst
  • Splenic Mass
  • Splenomegaly
  • Stomach Masses
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cervical Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Change Of Gastrotomy Tube
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Closure Of Enterostomy
  • Complex Hernia Repair
  • Complex Wound Management
  • Components Separation
  • Da Vinci
  • Da Vinci Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
  • Da Vinci Cholecystectomy
  • Da Vinci Esophagectomy
  • Da Vinci Gastrectomy
  • Da Vinci Hernia Repair
  • Da Vinci Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Da Vinci Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Da Vinci Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Duodenal Ulcer Surgery
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Enterectomy
  • Enterolysis
  • Excision Mole
  • Excision Of Cervical Lymph Node
  • Excision Of Cystic Hygroma Axillary Or Cervical
  • Excision Of Tumor
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Feeding Tube Management
  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Feeding Tube Removal
  • Fetal Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Cdh Repair
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Fundoplication
  • Gastric Ulcer Surgery
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
  • Gastrostomy Closure Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Hidden Scar Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Ileostomy
  • Imperforate Anus Repair
  • Incision And Drainage
  • Incision And Drainage Of Perianal Abscess
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Bowel Resection
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Gastrostomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Laparoscopic Treatment Of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Umbilical Herniorrhaphy
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Lysis Of Adhesions
  • Mediports
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Musculoskeletal Biopsy
  • Neck Biopsy
  • Peptic Ulcer Surgery
  • Peritoneal Catheter
  • Port
  • Preoperative Progressive Pneumoperitoneum
  • Pyloromyotomy
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Reduction Of Volvulus
  • Repair Laceration
  • Repair Of Laceration Of Gallbladder
  • Repair Of Liver Laceration
  • Robotic Appendectomy
  • Robotic Gastrostomy
  • Robotic Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Robotic Surgery For Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Robotic Umbilical Herniorrhaphy
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Single Incision Cholecystectomy
  • Single Incision Gallbladder Surgery
  • Single Site Robotic Surgery
  • Single Site Surgery
  • Small Bowel Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue Biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Suture Removal
  • Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Wound Care
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Practice locations

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18109 Prince Philip Drive
Olney, MD, 20832


Fax 301-260-3293

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18109 Prince Philip Drive
Olney, MD, 20832


Fax 301-774-8963

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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
    • 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
    • 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


Fellowship Program: Columbia University Medical Center (2010)

Residency Program: George Washington University Hospital (2009)

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

Internship Program: Pennsylvania Hospital (2005)

Internship Program: St. Vincent's Hospital-Manhattan (2003)

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

Hospital affiliations

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