Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD| General Surgery | MedStar Health

Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (257 reviews)

Specialties: General Surgery

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

202-444-8825

Fax 877-376-2418

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

202-416-2000

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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
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • 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
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • United Student Resources
    • First Health PPO
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia

Education

Residency: Lahey Clinic Arlington (2012)

Medical School: Brown University Office of the Registrar (2004)

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 5, 2023

    Dr. spent great amount of time reviewing and explaining.

  • Nov 9, 2023

    Very detailed & thorough discussion on options including the tie into other speciality doctors.

  • Oct 17, 2023

    I wish there were pictures or visuals she could show me about anticipated outcome.