Craig Martin Kessler, MD| Benign Hematology, Hematology | MedStar Health

Craig Martin Kessler, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (507 reviews)

Specialties: Benign Hematology, Hematology

Languages: English

202-444-1229

About me

Dr. Craig Kessler is a professor, Department of Medicine and Pathology, in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Kessler is the Medical Director of the GUMC Hemophilia Treatment Center. He is also the Director, Coagulation Laboratory, Division of Laboratory Medicine, in the Department of Pathology.

He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Ochsner Foundation Hospital and Clinic. He completed his fellowship in hematology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Kessler is an expert in internal medicine and hematology and has special interests in anemias, bleeding disorders, coagulation and platelet disorders, hematologic malignancies, myeloproliferative diseases, thrombophilias and hemophilias, and treatment of hematologic diseases.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Hemophilia
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Adverse Effects To Anticoagulants
  • Amyloidosis
  • Anemia
  • Anemia And Bone Marrow Disorders
  • Anemia Of Chronic Disease
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Antithrombin Deficiency
  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Blood Cancer
  • Blood Clotting Disorder
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Marrow Disorders
  • Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes
  • Catastrophic Antiphospholipid Syndrome (CAPS)
  • Coagulation Disorders
  • Cold Agglutinin Disease
  • Cooley Anemia
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Deep Thrombophlebitis
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Diamond Blackfan Anemia
  • Essential Thrombocytosis
  • Factor Eight Disorder
  • Factor Nine Deficiency
  • Factor V Leiden
  • Familial Aplastic Anemia
  • Fanconi Anemia
  • Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency
  • Hematologic Malignancies
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Hemolytic Anemia
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
  • Hemophilia
  • Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia
  • Hereditary Spherocytosis
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Iron Metabolism Disorders
  • Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis
  • Leukocytosis
  • Leukopenia
  • Lymphopenia
  • Maternal Hematologic Disorders
  • Monoclonal Gammopathy Of Undetermined Significance
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Myeloproliferative Diseases
  • Neutropenia
  • Pancytopenia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • Petechiae
  • Platelet Disorder
  • Poems Syndrome
  • Polycythemia
  • Porphyria
  • Post Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS)
  • Primary Myelofibrosis
  • Primary Systemic Amyloidosis
  • Protein C Deficiency
  • Protein S Deficiency
  • Prothrombin Gene Mutation
  • Pure Red Cell Aplasia
  • Purpura
  • Recurrent Thrombosis
  • Red Blood Cell Disorders
  • Secondary Polycythemia
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Splenic Sequestration
  • Splenomegaly
  • Thalassemia
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombophilia
  • Thrombotic Disorders
  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Venous Occlusive Crisis
  • Von Willebrand Disease
  • Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia
  • White Blood Cell Disorders
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Procedures I perform

  • Anticoagulation
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
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Practice locations

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882 Muddy Branch Road
Gaithersburg, MD, 20878

855-910-3278

Fax 301-216-1241

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Fax 301-216-1241

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Lombardi Cancer Center
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-2223

Fax 202-444-1229

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Fax 202-444-1229

Insurance

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
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • 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)
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Open POS II
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • CIGNA EPO
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna HMO
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • United Student Resources
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • First Health PPO
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Fellowship Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1978)

Residency Program: Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus (1976)

Medical School: Tulane School of Medicine (1973)

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.8
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.9
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.8
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.8
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.8
  • Nov 10, 2023

    I was to receive a follow up call from the doctor, but have not received it.

  • Nov 1, 2023

    Dr. Kessler is an excellent physician & the care he promises in a difficult case is compassionate & greatly appreciative.

  • Oct 4, 2023

    Dr. Kessler gives me always his full attention, answers and discusses with me all my questions, responds promptly inquiries via portal and goes above and beyond to give me the best possible care!