James Brennan Spies, MD,MPH| Vascular Interventional Radiology | MedStar Health

James Brennan Spies, MD, MPH
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (124 reviews)

Specialities: Vascular Interventional Radiology

Languages: English

(877) 219-2787

About me

James Brennan Spies, MD, is professor and chair in the Department of Radiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Spies completed a radiology residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship at New York University School of Medicine in vascular and interventional radiology. He also has received a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Spies served four years in the United States Air Force. After military service, he was in private practice for several years before joining the faculty of Georgetown University in 1997. He has served as chair of the Department of Radiology since 2005.
He has an active practice in uterine embolization for fibroids and has performed extensive research in the procedure. He is recognized as an international authority on the procedure. He has more than 100 published scientific studies, given over 300 invited presentations, and has edited a text on uterine embolization. He continues to actively research uterine embolization, measuring outcomes for fibroid therapies and is now studying the safety and efficacy of prostate artery embolization for benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Dr. Spies is a Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), and the American College of Radiology (ACR) and has also been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe and Honorary Fellow of the British Society of Interventional Radiology. He  has served on numerous national committees for both SIR and ACR and is past president of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the largest interventional radiology professional organization in the U.S.
Dr. Spies's Philosophy of Care
I believe in a collaborative approach to patient care, actively involving the patient and the patient's other physicians. I believe that a well-informed patient is best able to participate in that process, and I strive to ensure that patients have the information they need to choose the medical approach best suited to them.

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
  • Vascular Malformation
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Procedures I perform

  • Gonadal Embolization
  • Gonadal Venography
  • Hypogastric Artery Embolization
  • Uterine Artery Angiogram
  • Uterine Artery Embolization
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization Counseling
  • Varicocele Embolization
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
CCC Bldg Ground Fl
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-3400

Fax 202-444-3411

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Fax 202-444-3411

106 Irving Street Northwest
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC, 20010

202-877-9729

Fax 301-209-5616

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Fax 301-209-5616

18101 Prince Philip Drive
Olney, MD, 20832

301-774-8950

Fax 301-774-8943

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Fax 301-774-8943

5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
Baltimore, MD, 21239

443-444-2430

Fax 443-444-4656

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Fax 443-444-4656

18101 Prince Philip Drive
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Olney, MD, 20832

301-774-8650
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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Concentrated Care Center Ground Level Room CG201
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-5478

Fax 877-219-2787

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Fax 877-219-2787

201 East University Parkway
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
Baltimore, MD, 21218

410-554-2728

Fax 410-554-2584

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Fax 410-554-2584

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

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology

Fellowship Program: New York University Medical Center (1985)

Residency Program: University of California Hospitals and Clinics (1984)

Internship Program: Pacific Medical Center (1981)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (1980)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.9
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.8
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.8
  • Provider showed respect

    4.9
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.8
  • Mar 14, 2022

    Dr. Spies was very patient and willing to answer any questions I had. Explained everything in a way I would understand.

  • Mar 7, 2022

    The doctor is good.

  • Dec 13, 2021

    Dr. Spies should be required to list military history. Most importantly, one second of military service is military history, no matter how long ago.