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 (133 reviews)

Specialties: 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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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

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

301-774-8650
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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

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

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

18101 Prince Philip Drive
Olney, MD, 20832

301-774-8950

Fax 301-774-8943

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Fax 301-774-8943

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

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

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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

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

    4.9
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.8
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.9
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.9
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.7
  • Oct 16, 2023

    Excellent provider! Informative, competent, confident and specific. Dr. Spies answered ALL my questions and related to me in a manner that makes me confident that he can do the job WELL.

  • Sep 18, 2023

    Dr. Spies was very nice & informative. He was a breath of fresh air & answered all my questions. He even wrote a letter to my physician.

  • Aug 14, 2023

    Dr. Spies was great. He explained things clearly and made sure I understood. I loved his power point presentation.