John Boldog Smirniotopoulos, MD| Vascular Interventional Radiology | MedStar Health

John Boldog Smirniotopoulos, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Vascular Interventional Radiology

Languages: French, English

About me

John Smirniotopoulos, MD, is a board-certified vascular and interventional radiologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is also an assistant professor of radiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

As an interventional radiologist, Dr. Smirniotopoulos uses image guidance to perform innovative minimally-invasive treatments for a wide range of conditions, including percutaneous gallstone removal, portal hypertension, local/regional treatment of cancers, fibroids, enlarged prostates, and varicose veins.

Dr. Smirniotopoulos performs basivertebral nerve ablation (Intracept), an FDA-approved, minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure for patients with chronic lower back pain caused by fractures of the vertebral bodies. He also performs minimally-invasive gallstone removal. These procedures are new to the Washington, DC area and are something Dr. Smirniotopoulos uniquely offers to patients.

His treatment methods focus on the patient as a whole – not only treating their cause of pain. Dr. Smirniotopoulos helps patients truly understand their pain and dedicates himself to finding the best treatment plan for each patient to improve their overall health.

Dr. Smirniotopoulos has a clinical interest in interventional pain management and treating joint pain in the knees, hips, and shoulders via nerve ablation.

His research interests include the use and effectiveness of minimally-invasive gallstone removal and nerve ablation for joint pain.  

Dr. Smirniotopoulos received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2014. He then pursued an internship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, before heading to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine, where he worked as a resident physician in radiology until 2019 and served as Chief Resident. In 2020, Dr. Smirniotopoulos completed his vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. From 2020 to 2021, Dr. Smirniotopoulos worked as an attending interventional radiologist and was an assistant professor of radiology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City prior to returning to Washington, D.C. to join the MedStar Health family as faculty.

As a respected interventional radiologist, Dr. Smirniotopoulos earned the Alexander Margulis Leadership Award and the Chief Resident Award from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center Department of Radiology. He is currently a member of the Society of Interventional Radiologists, Radiological Society of North America, Academic University of Radiologists, and American College of Physicians.

Dr. Smirniotopoulos is a Washington, D.C. native. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, who is also a MedStar Georgetown University Hospital physician.

Philosophy of Care

"My philosophy of care is guided by my alma mater’s, Georgetown University School of Medicine, tradition of Cura Personalis, or care of the whole person. When I meet with my patients, I'm learning about their condition in every sense, not just in the biological sense. I like to sit down with my patients and get to know them on a personal level and truly understand how the disease is impacting their life and what their healthcare goals are. I address all their concerns and I am with them every step of their medical journey. We work as a team and create an individualized plan.”

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Atheroembolism Of Lower Extremities
  • Gallbladder Obstruction
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter Complications
  • IVC Occlusion
  • Joint Disease
  • Stent Thrombosis
  • Vascular Malformation
  • Venous Thromboembolism
  • Venous Tumors
  • Visceral Malformation
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Aorta PTA
  • Angiography
  • Antegrade Pyelogram
  • Aortic Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Avm Embolization
  • Balloon Angioplasty Maturation
  • Balloon Occluded Retrograde Transvenous Obliteration
  • Bile Duct Biopsy
  • Biopsy Of Lung
  • Biopsy Of Mass
  • Bone Biopsy
  • Bronchial Artery Embolization
  • Bursal Injection
  • Catheter Ablation For Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
  • Celiac Artery Angiogram
  • Celiac Artery Angioplasty And Stenting
  • Celiac Artery Embolization
  • Celiac Artery PTA
  • Celiac Artery Stenting
  • Central Line Insertion
  • Chemotherapy Embolization Of Tumor
  • Cholangioscopy
  • Cholecystostomy
  • Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Cryoablation
  • Cryoablation Of The Liver
  • Ct Abdominal Abscess Drainage
  • Ct Abscess Drainage
  • Ct Guided Aspiration Drainage
  • Ct Guided Biopsy
  • Drainage From Abdomen
  • Drug Eluting Beads
  • Embolectomy
  • Endoscopic Insertion Of Stent Into Bile Duct
  • Endoscopic Removal Of Stone From Biliary Tract
  • Endovascular Atherectomy
  • Endovascular Coiling Of Aneurysm
  • Endovascular Laser Atherectomy
  • Endovascular Stent Graft Repair
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy
  • Esophageal Variceal Sclerotherapy
  • Facet Injection
  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Femoral Artery Angioplasty
  • Fiducial Marker Placement
  • Fluoroscopic Joint Aspiration
  • G Tube To Gj Conversion
  • Gastric Artery Embolization
  • Gastric Artery PTA
  • Gastrojejunostomy
  • Gastrostomy
  • Gastrostomy Tube Tubogram
  • Gda Angiogram
  • Gda Embolization
  • Gda PTA
  • Gda Stenting
  • Genicular Artery Embolization
  • Genicular Nerve Ablation
  • Gi Stent Placement
  • Gu Stent
  • Hepatic Artery PTA
  • Hypogastric Artery PTA
  • Iliac Artery Angioplasty And Stenting
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement
  • Inferior Vena Cava Filter Removal
  • Inferior Vena Cava Thrombectomy
  • Infusaport Placement
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Intracept Procedure
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Lower Extremity Angioplasty And Stenting
  • Lower Extremity PTA
  • Lower Extremity Vein PTA
  • Lower Extremity Vein Stent
  • Lymphatic Embolization
  • Mesenteric Artery Angioplasty
  • Microwave Ablation Of Tumors
  • Nephrostomy Tube
  • Palliative Bone Tumor Ablation
  • Pancreatic Artery PTA
  • Percutaneous Liver Biopsy
  • Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drain
  • Percutaneous Transhepatic Cholangiography
  • Peripheral Angiography
  • Peripheral Artery Angioplasty
  • Peritoneal Biopsy
  • Portal Vein Embolization
  • Portal Vein Recanalization
  • Prostate Arterial Embolization
  • Pulmonary Artery Angiogram
  • Pulmonary Artery PTA
  • Radioembolization
  • Radioembolization Of Tumors
  • Radiofrequency Ablation Of Benign Spine Tumors
  • Radiofrequency Ablation Of Bone Lesions
  • Radiofrequency Rhizotomy
  • Radiology Tube Check
  • Renal Angioplasty And Stenting
  • Renal Artery Angioplasty
  • Renal Artery Embolization
  • Renal Artery PTA
  • Renal Artery Stenting
  • Rf Ablation Of The Kidney
  • Rf Ablation Of The Liver
  • Saphenous Vein Rf Ablation
  • Sclerotherapy For Spider Veins
  • Sclerotherapy For Varicose Veins
  • Soft Tissue Biopsy
  • Splenic Artery PTA
  • Spyglass Cholangiopancreatoscopy
  • Thrombolysis
  • Tips Creation
  • Tips Lysis
  • Tips Revision
  • Tips Revision PTA
  • Tips Revision Stent
  • Tips Revision Venogram
  • Tips Stent
  • Transhepatic Biliary Catheter
  • Transhepatic Biliary Stent Placement
  • Transhepatic Biliary Stone Removal
  • Transhepatic Biliary Stricture Dilation
  • Transhepatic Portography/Portal Vein Dilation
  • Transjugular Liver Biopsy
  • Transradial Access For Vascular Interventions
  • Tunneled Peritoneal Drain
  • Upper Extremity Angioplasty And Stenting
  • Upper Extremity PTA
  • Upper Extremity Vein PTA
  • Ureteral Stricture Dilation
  • Uterine Artery Angiogram
  • Uterine Artery PTA
  • Uterine Fibroid Embolization
  • Varicocele Embolization
  • Vascular Access Device
  • Vertebral Augmentation
  • Y 90 Treatment
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7503 Surratts Road
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Clinton, MD, 20735


Fax 301-877-3518

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


Fax 202-444-3411

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25500 Point Lookout Road
MedStar St Mary's Hospital
Leonardtown, MD, 20650


Fax 240-434-7248

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

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


Fax 301-209-5616

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Fax 301-209-5616


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)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
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    • Medicare Fee for Service
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    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Network OA
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
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    • Aetna HMO
    • Open HMO
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
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    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
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    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
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    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
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    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus


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

Fellowship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2020)

Residency Program: New York Presbyterian Hospital (2019)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2015)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2014)

Graduate Education: Georgetown University (2010)