Fernando Pagan, MD| Neurology | MedStar Health

Fernando Pagan, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (617 reviews)

Specialities: Neurology

Languages: English

(877) 245-1499

About me

Fernando L. Pagan, MD, is a Professor and Vice Chairman for the Department of Neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Pagan received his medical degree from Georgetown University and completed an internal medicine internship and a neurology residency at MedStar Georgetown. Dr. Pagan also completed a fellowship in movement disorders and magnetic resonance spectroscopy at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke within the National Institutes of Health. He is a board-certified neurologist. Dr. Pagan is director of the Movement Disorders Program and the medical director of MedStar Georgetown's National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, as well as the fellowship director for the clinical research fellowship in movement disorders at MedStar Georgetown.  Dr. Pagan also serves as the Medical Director of the Translational Neurocience Program (TNP).
Dr. Pagan's special interests include Parkinson's disease, parkinsonism, and other related disorders; ataxia; essential tremor; dystonia; and tics, and he is an expert in botulinum toxin treatment for dystonia, tremor, spasticity, and tics. He is a member of the functional neurosurgery team for movement disorders, performing preoperative evaluations and programming for deep brain stimulators in Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia.
The TNP focuses on repourposing drugs for the treatment of Neurodenegenerative Disorders like Parkinson's Disease (PD), Lewy Body Disease, Alzheimer's Disease (AD), Huntington's Disease, ALS, CTE, PSP, MSA and others. Currently Dr. Pagan is the PI (Primary Investigator) in mutiple clinical trials.  The TNP is currently involved with clinical research trials with Nilotinib in PD and AD.
Hear Dr. Pagan: Robin Williams and Parkinson's Disease (WUSA9)

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Chorea
  • Clumsiness
  • Depression
  • Disturbance Of Attention
  • Dyskinesia
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Irritability
  • Memory Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
Show More

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Reflexes
  • Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Aggressive Behavior
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Arm Weakness
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Ataxia
  • Behcet Syndrome
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Central Nervous System Lupus
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Cerebellar Disease
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Cervical Plexopathy
  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease
  • Chorea
  • Clumsiness
  • CNS Vasculitis
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Nerve Injury
  • Dejerine Sottas Disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetic Lumbosacral Radiculoplexus Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Disturbance Of Attention
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Dyskinesia
  • Encephalopathies
  • Epilepsy
  • Facial Droop
  • Facial Nerve Palsy And Paresis
  • Facial Pain
  • Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy
  • Femoral Neuropathy
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • Headache
  • HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder
  • HIV Myopathy
  • Horner Syndrome
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Inclusion Body Myopathy
  • Irritability
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Lacunar Stroke
  • Leg Weakness
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Lip Droop
  • Lobar Atrophy Of Brain
  • Medication Overuse Headache
  • Memory Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Movement Diseases And Disorders
  • Multifocal Motor Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelitis
  • Myoclonic Epilepsy With Ragged Red Fibers
  • Nerve Root Disorder
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)
  • Neuropathy
  • Non Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Paramyotonia Congenita
  • Paraplegia
  • Paresthesia
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Periodic Paralysis
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Periventricular Leukomalacia
  • Plexopathy
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Primary Cerebellar Degeneration
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Quadriplegia
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Sensory Neuronopathy
  • Small Fiber Neuropathy
  • Spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Spinocerebellar Degeneration
  • Spinocerebellar Diseases
  • Statin Myopathy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Tetraplegia
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tinnitus
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuropathy
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Vertigo
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Impairment
Show All Show Less

Procedures I perform

  • Angiography
  • Avm Embolization
  • Botox For Dystonia
  • Botox For Hemifacial Spasm
  • Botox For Spasticity
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Evaluation (EMU)
  • Headache Therapy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Infusion Treatment
Show All button Press enter to expand Show Less

Practice locations

Distance from Change LocationEnter your Location

1420 Beverly Road
Suite 300
McLean, VA, 22101

703-852-8588

Fax 877-245-1499

Get Directions

miles away

Fax 877-245-1499

6858 Old Dominion Drive
Suite 201
McLean, VA, 22101

202-295-0540

Fax 877-245-1499

Get Directions

miles away

Fax 877-245-1499

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-8525

Fax 877-245-1499

Get Directions

miles away

Fax 877-245-1499

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

Videos

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology

Fellowship Program: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (2003)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2000)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1997)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine ()

Awards

  • AOA Honor Society
  • Washingtonian Magazine "Top Doctors" 2016-2018.

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.9
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.9
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.9
  • Provider showed respect

    4.9
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.8
  • Jul 27, 2022

    This experience was a mostly positive one. However, one thing I found odd was that Dr. Pagan raised the topic of a medication he had previously prescribed me, years ago, and spent a good portion of our conversation discussing the reasons why he would not be keen to prescribe it again right now. This struck me as odd since I did not bring up this medication, nor did the symptoms I was discussing match the need for it. Other than that, this was a productive conversation that clarified a number of questions I had.

  • Jul 25, 2022

    Dr Pagan is an excellent doctor who is always concerned I have the best quality of life possible

  • Jul 18, 2022

    Dr Pagan is the best! We always feel he is listening and giving us as much time as we need. We never feel he is rushing to get on to the next patient.