Robert A Lager, MD| Cardiology | MedStar Health

Robert A Lager, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (892 reviews)

Specialties: Cardiology

Languages: English

About me

Robert Lager, MD, is a clinical cardiologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He serves as Physician Lead of MedStar Cardiology Associates, a 43-physician cardiology group at MedStar Health. He is Director of MedStar Ambulatory Services for the Southern region of the MedStar Health system, which includes the District of Columbia and Southern Maryland. Dr. Lager worked as an interventional cardiologist for 20 years and has performed over 10,000 cardiac catheterizations. He has served as a national proctor for Abbott and Medtronic, training physicians from around the nation how to perform the transradial wrist approach for catheterization. In addition, he has trained many cardiology fellows in the interventional cardiology fellowship program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center,and contributed as a clinical investigator in multiple interventional cardiology research studies involving new devices and interventional techniques

Dr. Lager specializes in conditions related to coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and structural heart disease. He also sees patients for hypertension, atrial fibrillation, and cholesterol disorders, with a strong interest in preventive cardiovascular medicine.

Dr. Lager received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania before completing his internship training and residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He then completed a general cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as well as a fellowship in vascular medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Boston. Throughout his fellowship training, Dr. Lager served as Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lager appreciates referrals from physicians and hospital centers for patients  with all types of cardiac problems, including coronary artery disease,  hypertension and cholesterol disorders. When not practicing cardiology, Dr. Lager enjoys regular exercise with his family and pursues his passion for travel.

Philosophy of Care

“I live by the golden rule that I treat patients like I would treat my family members or treat myself. I have found that this simple rule has guided me along my journey to develop an empathetic and patient-centered practice.

“Patients have better outcomes when they are informed and educated. For this reason, I’m very much about communication and transparency. An educated patient is generally a healthy patient. I also ask patients to take ownership of their care and urge them to live a healthy lifestyle.

“Empathy and taking the time to listen are a big part of my practice. The history and the story that one gets by listening to the patient are as valuable as any objective testing that we do. Above all, I want each of my patients to feel that they are my only patient.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abnormal Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Chest Pain
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Heart Murmur
  • Hypertension
  • Palpitations
  • Syncope
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Coronary Angiography
  • Abnormal Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Abnormal Stress Test
  • Acute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Advanced Heart Failure (ADHF)
  • Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy
  • Amyloidosis
  • Anomalies Of The Coronary Artery
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Ulcer
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Sclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis Of The Aorta
  • Athletic Heart Syndrome
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)
  • Atrial Tachycardia
  • Atrioventricular Block
  • Autoimmune Pericarditis
  • Bicuspid Aortic Valve
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiac Angina
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac Insufficiency
  • Cardiac Tamponade
  • Cardiac Tumor
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Cardiorenal Syndrome
  • Cardiotoxicity
  • Carotid Aneurysm
  • Carotid Intimal Thickness
  • Catecholaminergic Polymorphic Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Chest Pain
  • Cholesterol Disorders
  • Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Artery Calcification
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Coronary Artery Fistula
  • Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • Dysautonomia
  • Dyspnea On Exertion
  • Edema
  • Eisenmenger Syndrome
  • Elevated Creatine Kinase
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Fibromuscular Dysplasia
  • First Degree Heart Block
  • Genetic Cardiomyopathy
  • Giant Cell Myocarditis
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Disease In Women
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Problems
  • Heart Racing
  • Heart Valve Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis
  • Infiltrative Disorders Of The Heart
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Left Bundle Branch Block
  • Left Heart Failure
  • Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Mthfr Mutation
  • Myocardial Infarction (MI)
  • Myocarditis
  • Myxoma
  • Orthopnea
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Palpitations
  • Papillary Muscle Disorders
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Tachycardia
  • Paroxysmal Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Patent Foramen Ovale
  • Pericardial Effusion
  • Pericarditis
  • Peripheral Edema
  • Pre Excitation Syndrome
  • Premature Atrial Contraction
  • Premature Beats
  • Premature Ventricular Contractions
  • Prinzmetals Angina
  • Pulmonary Artery Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Valve Disorders
  • Pulmonary Valve Insufficiency
  • Pulmonary Valve Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Veno Occlusive Disease
  • Refractory Angina
  • Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
  • Rheumatic Aortic Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Aortic Stenosis
  • Rheumatic Diseases Of Pulmonary Valve
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • Rheumatic Heart Failure
  • Rheumatic Mitral Regurgitation
  • Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis
  • Right Bundle Branch Block
  • Right Heart Failure
  • Right Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome
  • Subaortic Stenosis
  • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Syncope
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachycardia Bradycardia Syndrome
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Stenosis
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Type 1 Second Degree Heart Block
  • Type 2 Second Degree Heart Block
  • Unstable Angina
  • Valve Stenosis
  • Valvular Endocarditis
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Variant Angina
  • Vasospastic Angina
  • Vasovagal Syncope
  • Ventricular Aneurysm
  • Ventricular Arrhythmia
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia
  • Viral Cardiomyopathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Duplex Ultrasound
  • Adenosine Stress Test
  • Advanced Lipid Blood Tests
  • Anticoagulation
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Risk Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Cardiovascular Care
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Collateral Vessel Closure
  • Dobutamine Stress Test
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Heart Health
  • Holter Monitor
  • Implantable Cardiac Monitor Procedure
  • In Office Cardiac Echocardiogram
  • In Office Cardiac Stress Test
  • Loop Recorder
  • Preoperative Evaluation
  • Preventative Cardiology
  • Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • Pulmonary And Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Sports Related Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Stress Echo Cardiogram
  • Thallium Stress Test
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Transthoracic Echocardiogram
  • Vo2 Measurement
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Practice locations

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Suite 700
Washington, DC, 20036

202-416-2000

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Suite 700
Washington, DC, 20036

202-416-2000

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106 Irving Street Northwest
Suite 4800N
Washington, DC, 20010

202-877-5800

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106 Irving Street Northwest
Suite 4800
Washington, DC, 20010

202-877-5800

Fax 202-877-5885

Get Directions

miles away

Fax 202-877-5885

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
    • 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
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Network OA
    • Open HMO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CIGNA EPO
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • 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 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

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease

Fellowship Program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2002)

Fellowship Program: St. Elizabeths Hospital of Boston (2002)

Residency Program: Massachusetts General Hospital (1998)

Internship/Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital (1998)

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania (1995)

Hospital affiliations

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

    4.9
  • 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

    4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • Dec 28, 2023

    Dr. Lager thoroughly explained his findings, listened to and answered all my questions, and made sure I understood what he was saying.

  • Dec 26, 2023

    Spent real time with me, going through all kinds of risk factors that I had not appreciated. Then discussed the plan to assess those risk factors

  • Nov 14, 2023

    Dr Lager took his time, listened, discussed options with me and we agreed together on best way forward - very pleasant