Phillip Hong Lam, MD| Heart Failure And Transplantation Cardiology | MedStar Health

Phillip Hong Lam, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (172 reviews)

Specialties: Heart Failure And Transplantation Cardiology

Languages: Chinese - Cantonese, Chinese - Mandarin, Vietnamese, English

(202) 877-9393

About me

Phillip H. Lam, MD, is an Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology physician at the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. As a cardiology and heart failure specialist, Dr. Lam treats patients with varying levels of heart failure. He treats less advanced cases by prescribing medication and other therapies intended to reverse or slow the progression of their disease. For more advanced cases, he specializes in the management of heart transplants and mechanical support, including temporary as well as more durable mechanical circulatory support devices.

Dr. Lam’s specific research interests include risk prognosticators and medical therapies in patients with heart failure. He has published and contributed to papers in various high-impact journals, including the American Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology, the European Journal of Heart Failure, and the International Journal of Cardiology. 

Philosophy of Care
"I believe that patients with heart failure should be treated on a spectrum. Care should begin with diagnosis and continue throughout treatment, whether the outcome is recovery or the need for more advanced therapies. I treat patients at all points of the spectrum.I always try to be the patient’s strongest advocate, and as such, I will always do my absolute best for an individual patient’s care.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Advanced Heart Failure (ADHF)
  • Cardiac Amyloid
  • Cardiac Sarcoidosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Transplant
  • Home Inotropes
  • Ventricular Assist Device
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Advanced Heart Failure (ADHF)
  • Advanced Heart Failure (AHF)
  • Cardiac Amyloid
  • Cardiac Sarcoidosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Heart Transplant Rejection
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Myocarditis
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Chronic Inotropic Therapy
  • Circulatory Assist Devices
  • Heart Transplant
  • Home Inotropes
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support
  • Pretransplant Clearance
  • Ventricular Assist Device
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Practice locations

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110 Irving Street Northwest
MHVI-1st Floor North Addition
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-2799

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7501 Surratts Road
Suite 304
Clinton, MD, 20735


Fax 301-877-5680

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102 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-2799

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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
    • Amerigroup DC Alliance
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Tricare East Select
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • United Choice Plus
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Amerigroup DC Healthy Families
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • United Student Resources
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United Golden Rule
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Kaiser Select
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Virginia Premier
    • Cigna EPO
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • I-SNP
    • D-SNP)
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • United Choice
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Carefirst EPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • United Navigate
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • AmeriHealth Caritas DC Healthy Families
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • 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
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Fellowship Program: Brigham and Womens Hospital (2019)

Fellowship Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (2018)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2015)

Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine (2011)

Ratings and reviews

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  • Mar 5, 2024

    Dr. Lam is always polite and sincere.

  • Feb 7, 2024

    Dr Lam listens, explains and shows genuine compassion

  • Feb 6, 2024

    Dr. Lam is an outstanding physician. He listens very well, and provides good feedback. He also has a very positive demeanor, and exudes both confidence and competence.