Shimae C Fitzgibbons, MD| General Surgery | MedStar Health

Shimae C Fitzgibbons, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (205 reviews)

Specialities: General Surgery

Languages: English

877-376-2418

About me

Shimae C. Fitzgibbons, MD, MEd, is an attending general surgeon at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she is an associate program director for the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital general surgery residency program, the clerkship director for the Georgetown University School of Medicine surgical clerkship, and an associate professor within the Department of Surgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine.

In her clinical practice, Dr. Fitzgibbons consults with patients and performs surgery for hernias, gastrointestinal conditions, gallbladder disease, and other conditions requiring urgent or emergency general surgery intervention. As a board certified general surgeon with a master’s degree in education, Dr. Fitzgibbons’ academic role involves teaching and training medical students and residents. In this capacity, she leads teams of investigators in evaluating educational and assessment outcomes at both the medical student and resident trainee levels. In her work as a member of MGUH’s Patient Safety Committee on Education, Dr. Fitzgibbons focuses on improving the delivery of patient safety education to healthcare professionals.

Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of SurgeryJournal of the American College of SurgeonsAnnals of Surgery, and the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. She has also authored or coauthored chapters on thyroid cancer treatment and laparoscopic surgical approaches for lumbar spinal fusion.

Dr. Fitzgibbons is active in several professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS).  She Chairs the Associate Program Director Committee for the APDS and is an active member of the ASE Surgical Clerkship Committee.  Dr. Fitzgibbons speaks English as her primary language, and she is fluent in Spanish.

Her medical degree is from the combined program of Dartmouth Medical School/Brown Medical School, Hanover, NH, and Providence, RI. She continued her education with an internship and residency in general surgery at Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, MA. In addition, she completed a two-year fellowship in surgical research at Boston Children’s Hospital while also obtaining a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Paraesophageal Hernia
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Wall Defect
  • Anal Cancer
  • Appendiceal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Mass
  • Biliary Colic
  • Cholecystitis
  • Colonic Volvulus
  • Colorectal Malignancy
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Epigastric Hernia
  • Femoral Hernia
  • Fistula Enterocutaneous
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Stromal Tumors
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hernia
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Incarcerated Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inclusion Cyst
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Internal Hernia
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Infarction
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Intussusception
  • Lipomas
  • Mechanical Complication Of Gastrostomy
  • Mesenteric Cyst
  • Mesenteric Mass
  • Pancreaticobiliary Disease
  • Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Perforation Of Gallbladder
  • Peridiverticular Abscess
  • Pilar Cyst
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectus Sheath Hernia
  • Recurrent Femoral Hernia
  • Recurrent Hernia
  • Reducible Hernia
  • Richter Hernia
  • Skin Abscess
  • Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Spigelian Hernia
  • Splenic Anomalies
  • Splenic Cyst
  • Splenic Mass
  • Splenomegaly
  • Stomach Fistula
  • Subphrenic Abscess
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Ventral Hernia
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Appendectomy
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Cecostomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Duodenal Ulcer Surgery
  • Endoscopic Surgery
  • Fine Needle Aspiration
  • Fundoplication
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery
  • Hernia Repair
  • Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Hickman Catheter
  • Ileostomy
  • Incision And Drainage
  • Infusaport Placement
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Gastrostomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Laparoscopic Pancreatectomy
  • Laparoscopic Recurrent Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Toupet Fundoplication
  • Laparoscopic Treatment Of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Umbilical Herniorrhaphy
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Lysis Of Adhesions
  • Mediports
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Musculoskeletal Biopsy
  • Partial Splenectomy
  • Peg (PERCUTANEOUS ENDOSCOPIC GASTROSTOMY)
  • Peptic Ulcer Surgery
  • Port
  • Pyloroplasty
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Small Bowel Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue Biopsy
  • Splenectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
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Practice locations

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Building 2
Washington, DC, 20036

202-416-2000

Fax 877-376-2418

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 4th Fl
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-8825

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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

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Internship/Residency: Lahey Clinic Medical Center (2012)

Medical School: Brown University School of Medicine (2004)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.9
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.9
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.9
  • Provider showed respect

    4.9
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.9
  • Sep 1, 2022

    Her communication skills are top notch. Listens extremely well.

  • Sep 1, 2022

    Dr. Fitzgibbons is "fabulous!!!" She was patient, attentive, concerned and caring!! Can't say enough good things about her.

  • Jul 28, 2022

    Doctor was very late