Dr. Carlos Francisco Espinel, MD

Dr. Carlos Francisco Espinel, MD

Dr. Carlos Francisco Espinel, MD

Languages: English, Spanish
Phone: 301-774-8962
Fax: 301-774-8963

Contact this Provider:

  • General Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive General Surgery
Conditions I Treat
  • abdominal abscess
  • abdominal adhesions
  • abdominal wall defect
  • appendicitis
  • benign neoplasm of skin
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Procedures I Perform
  • abdominal surgery
  • breast biopsy
  • breast cancer surgery
  • breast surgery
  • cervical lymph node biopsy
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About the Provider

Dr. Francisco Espinel is a board-certified general surgeon at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center with over 10 years of experience in general, breast and acute care surgery. Growing up in the D.C. metropolitan area, he has deep ties to the community and enjoys taking care of patients from Maryland, DC and Virginia. He is a second generation physician who grew up learning medicine from his father, an accomplished Nephrologist and Cardiologist.

Dr. Espinel is an assistant professor of surgery at Georgetown University. He is committed to the education of medical students, residents, and staff.

At MedStar Montgomery Medical Center he is part of a diverse general surgery team who treat a wide range of general surgical issues from the simplest to most complex general surgery cases. 

Dr. Espinel enjoys a wide variety of general surgery cases from robotic davinci, minimily invasive surgery and open surgery to small procedures done in the office setting.

Dr. Espinel completed high school at Gonzaga College High School and his undergraduate degree from Catholic University of America. He then attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. He completed his general surgery residency at George Washington University and fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center.  

  • Fellowship Program: Columbia University Medical Center (2010)
  • Residency Program: George Washington University Hospital (2009)
  • Residency Program: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2007)
  • Internship Program: Pennsylvania Hospital (2005)
  • Internship Program: St. Vincent's Hospital-Manhattan (2003)
  • Medical School: Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara (1999)


Implications of Clostridium septicum in Vascular Surgery: A Case Report and Outcomes Literature Review. Alimi Y, Sosin M, Borsinger TM, Garrett JR, Salameh JR, Espinel CF. Ann Vasc Surg. 2017 Aug; Review. PMID: 28479472

Performance and Practice Guideline for the Use of Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy in the Management of Breast Cancer. Holmes D, Colfry A, Czerniecki B, Dickson-Witmer D, Espinel CF, Feldman E, Gallagher K, Greenup R, Herrmann V, Kuerer H, Malik M, Manahan E, O'Neill J, Patel M, Sebastian M, Wheeler A, Kass R. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Oct; PMID: 26224406

The hepatic buttress: A novel surgical technique to treat an intrapericardial diaphragmatic defect after hybrid myocardial ablation. Chapman WC Jr, Sosin M, Salameh JR, Espinel CF. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Jul; PMID: 25957456

MammaPrint Feasibility in a Large Tertiary Urban Medical Center: An Initial Experience. Espinel CF, Keating S, Hibshoosh H, Taback B, Joseph KA, El-Tamer M, Feldman S. Scientifica (Cairo). 2012; PMID: 24278759

Laparoscopy for stage IV melanoma in two organs. Kasza J, Espinel CF, Khambaty F, Bashir S, Brody F.Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2010 Aug; PMID: 20729707

Percutaneous balloon occlusion of the inferior vena cava as an adjunct for treating ruptured type IV thoracoabdominal aneurysm and aortocaval fistula. Espinel CF, Calligaro KD, Dougherty MJ.J Vasc Surg. 2006 Apr; PMID: 16616245

Which adolescents are most receptive to tobacco industry marketing? implications for counteradvertising campaigns.Audrain-McGovern J, Tercyak KP, Shields AE, Bush A, Espinel CF, Lerman C. Health Commun. 2003;15(4):499-513.PMID: 14527869


Espinel CF, El-Tamer, M., Tabak, B., Jospeh, KA., Feldman, S. MammaPrint feasibility in a large academic medical center: initial experience. Poster presentation. American Society of Breast Surgeons. 11th Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, Nevada. May 2010.

Espinel CF, Feldman S, Mitchel S. Nipple sparing mastectomy: Instruction Video. Comprehensive Online Archived Care Heuristic. Online Medical Education Training Paradigm. Columbia University Medical Center. Department of Surgery. April 2010.

Ruotolo RA, Espinel CF, Solot CB, McDonald-McGinn DM, Zackai EH, Kirschner RE. Velar motion and VPI treatment outcomes in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Oral Presentation. Ivy Society Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. June 2006.

Ruotolo RA, Espinel CF, LaRossa D, Kirschner RE. Lip Adhesion and nasal conformers: staging cleft lip repair to optimize outcome. Oral Presentation. First Annual Whitaker Lectureship, Philadelphia, PA. May 2006.

Espinel CF, Cabiling D, Kirshner R. The role of TGF-b in syndromic and non-syndromic craniosynostosis. Oral and Poster Presentation at the Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting, Loma Linda, California, May 2006.

Ruotolo R, Espinel CF, Kirschner R. Lip adhesion and nasal conformers: staging cleft lip repair to optimize outcome. Poster Presentation. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. Vancouver BC, Canada. April 2006.

Ruotolo RA, Espinel CF, LaRossa D, Kirschner RE. Lip adhesion and nasal conformers: staging cleft lip repair to optimize outcome. Poster Presentation. Vancouver, BC Canada. April 2006.

Ruotolo RA, Espinel CF, Solot CB, McDonald-McGinn DM, Zackai EH, Kirschner RE. Velar motion and VPI treatment outcomes in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Oral and Poster Presentation. Vancouver, BC Canada. April 2006.

Ruotolo R, Espinel CF, Solot C., McDonald-McGinn D, Zackai E, Kirschner R. Velar motion and VPI treatment outcomes in 22Q11.2 deletion syndrome. Oral Presentation. Senior Resident Conference. Arlington, Va. March 2006.

Espinel CF, Tercyak KP, Audrain J. The influence of demographics, environmental smoking exposure, and sports participation on levels of adolescent tobacco use. Poster presentation at The Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center Annual Research Fair, Washington, DC. June 2001.

Tercyak KP, Espinel CF, Audrain J. ADHD symptomatology, cigarette smoking, and evidence for common bio-behavioral mechanisms of association. Poster presentation at the Bi-annual Florida Conference on Child Psychology, Gainesville, FL. May 2001.


Virginia Hospital Center Bariatric Symposium, “Surgical Emergencies in the Bariatric Patient” Virginia Hospital Center; Arlington, VA, 2019

Medical Resident Conference, “Abdominal Pain/Acute Abdomen” Virginia Hospital Center; Arlington, VA, 2018 & 2017

Surgical Grand Rounds, “Acute Care Surgery: In the Private Practice Setting” Virginia Hospital Center; Arlington, VA, 2014

“Update in Breast Cancer and Breast Disease” St. Stephen Lutheran Church; Silver Spring, MD, 2012 Surgical Grand Rounds,

“Nipple Sparring Mastectomy” Holy Cross Hospital; Silver Spring, MD, 2010

Women at Risk Benefit, “The Latest in Breast Cancer Research” New York, NY, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Day, “Breast Cancer Update” Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York, NY, 2009

Go-Pink Invited Speaker of the Year, “Risk Factors in Breast Cancer” Rye Country Day High School; Rye, NY, 2009

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