Timothy R. Shope, MD
Provider accepts MedStar Select insurance

4.8 out of 5 (344 reviews)

Specialities: Bariatric Surgery

Languages: English

(877) 680-8198

About me

Timothy Shope, MD, is a bariatric surgeon and Chief of the Section of Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as well as the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

Dr. Shope specializes in surgical weight loss using bariatric surgical techniques, specifically advanced laparoscopic techniques. He also sees patients for hernias, gallbladder conditions, solid organ surgery, and conditions of the bowels and the GI tract. His research interests include nutritional-based research within the surgical weight loss population.

Dr. Shope completed his medical degree at the Hahnemann University Hospital. He then completed his internship and residency training at the Albany Medical Center before completing his fellowship program at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Shope and his surgery group are one of the three sites within MedStar Health that perform weight loss surgery. They are also the only one of these groups that perform laparoscopic techniques. This advantage allows Dr. Shope to offer procedures with a different approach, translating into faster recovery for patients and getting them back to what is most important in their lives. He is an advocate of using bariatric surgery to not only help patients lose weight but to also help patients get off of their medications, help cure them of diabetes and even get rid of sleep apnea.

Philosophy of Care

"I do what I do so my patients can get back to the business of living. My primary goal is to be able to get patients back to the state of life that they want to be living. Some of my patients want to have the ability to play with their grandkids, and some just want to be able to walk up the stairs. I want my patients to gain control of their lives. The fact that I can help them do that is a very powerful thing.

As a surgeon, my number one responsibility is to be a human. My second responsibility is to be a doctor, and thirdly, to be the best surgeon I can be for my patients. I seek to build a functional relationship between my patients and me that fosters honesty and trust. I am always open to referrals and will do the job that is requested of me by referring physicians, to take care of their patients."

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Apron
  • Bariatric Surgery Counseling
  • Morbid Obesity
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Post Bariatric And Weight Loss Surgery
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Procedures I perform

  • Bariatric Revision
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion With Duodenal Switch
  • Da Vinci Robotic Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Duodenal Switch
  • Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Restrictive Surgery
  • Gastroplasty
  • Insertion Of Gastric Balloon
  • Laparoscopic Band Adjustments
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Stimulator Placement
  • Laparoscopic Removal Of Gastric Restrictive Devices
  • Laparoscopic Revision Of Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Obesity Surgery
  • Roux-En-Y Bypass
  • Stomach Stapling
  • Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
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Practice locations

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106 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 877-680-8198

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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
    • 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
    • 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



Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Fellowship Program: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2003)

Residency Program: Albany Medical Center (2002)

Internship Program: Albany Medical Center (1998)

Medical School: Hahnemann University Hospital (1997)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Aug 25, 2021


  • Aug 25, 2021

    Saying very good service is not enough it was excellent

  • Aug 19, 2021