Dr. James Brennan Spies, MD, MPH

Dr. James Brennan Spies, MD, MPH

Dr. James Brennan Spies, MD, MPH

Languages: English
Fax: (877) 219-2787

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  • Vascular Interventional Radiology
Conditions I Treat
  • pelvic congestion syndrome
  • vascular malformation
Procedures I Perform
  • gonadal embolization
  • gonadal venography
  • hypogastric artery embolization
  • uterine artery angiogram
  • uterine artery embolization
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About the Provider

James Brennan Spies, MD, is professor and chair in the Department of Radiology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Spies completed a radiology residency at the University of California, San Francisco, and a fellowship at New York University School of Medicine in vascular and interventional radiology. He also has received a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Spies served four years in the United States Air Force. After military service, he was in private practice for several years before joining the faculty of Georgetown University in 1997. He has served as chair of the Department of Radiology since 2005.
He has an active practice in uterine embolization for fibroids and has performed extensive research in the procedure. He is recognized as an international authority on the procedure. He has more than 100 published scientific studies, given over 300 invited presentations, and has edited a text on uterine embolization. He continues to actively research uterine embolization, measuring outcomes for fibroid therapies and is now studying the safety and efficacy of prostate artery embolization for benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Dr. Spies is a Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), and the American College of Radiology (ACR) and has also been named a Distinguished Fellow of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe and Honorary Fellow of the British Society of Interventional Radiology. He  has served on numerous national committees for both SIR and ACR and is past president of the Society of Interventional Radiology, the largest interventional radiology professional organization in the U.S.
Dr. Spies's Philosophy of Care
I believe in a collaborative approach to patient care, actively involving the patient and the patient's other physicians. I believe that a well-informed patient is best able to participate in that process, and I strive to ensure that patients have the information they need to choose the medical approach best suited to them.

  • Fellowship Program: New York University Medical Center (1985)
  • Residency Program: University of California Hospitals and Clinics (1984)
  • Internship Program: Pacific Medical Center (1981)
  • Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (1980)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Radiology, Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology
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Practice Locations
  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    CCC Bldg Ground Fl
    Washington, DC 20007
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    Phone: 202-444-3400
    Fax: 202-444-3411

  • 106 Irving Street Northwest
    MedStar Washington Hospital Center
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-9729
    Fax: 301-209-5616

  • 18101 Prince Philip Drive
    Olney, MD 20832
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    Phone: 301-774-8950
    Fax: 301-774-8943

  • 5601 Loch Raven Boulevard
    MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
    Baltimore, MD 21239
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    Phone: 443-444-2430
    Fax: 443-444-4656

  • 18101 Prince Philip Drive
    MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
    Olney, MD 20832
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    Phone: 301-774-8650

  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Concentrated Care Center Ground Level Room CG201
    Washington, DC 20007
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    Phone: 202-444-5478
    Fax: 877-219-2787

  • 201 East University Parkway
    MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
    Baltimore, MD 21218
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    Phone: 410-554-2728
    Fax: 410-554-2584

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