Sam W. Wiesel, MD Sam W. Wiesel, MD

Sam W. Wiesel, MD

About

Dr. Wiesel is chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University, and a professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine, a position he’s held since 1989. He specializes in treating patients with spinal conditions affecting the neck and lower back.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Wiesel is heavily involved in training the next generation of orthopaedic specialists through his academic and clinical appointments, earning many recognitions for his teaching abilities along the way. He is equally committed to advancing the field through his work with major peer-reviewed publications and professional medical societies. Chief among them are his longstanding positions as Editor-in-Chief, Seminars in Spine Surgery, (Saunders); Executive Editor, The Back Letter (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins); and Member, Board of Editors, Spine. Most recently, Dr. Wiesel served as senior editor for the second edition of Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, a four-volume instructional manual released in 2016.

An active researcher, Dr. Wiesel has presented at many national and international conferences, and published widely with many academic articles, books and chapters to his credit.

Dr. Wiesel’s Philosophy of Care
Throughout my career, I have focused on treating my patients as if they were members of my family. No matter what type of spinal disorder someone may have, my mission is always the same: Isolate the the problem, find the right diagnosis, and then come up with the most appropriate therapy to fix it. While surgery may be the ultimate answer, I always try the most conservative approach first.
 

Credentials

Board Certification
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
Education
  • Medical School University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine -
  • Residency Program University of Pennsylvania Hospitals - 1976
  • Residency Program University of Pennsylvania Health System - 1976

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766

Insurance

MedStar Health Providers participate with a wide range of health insurance products. We accept self-pay patients and the insurances plans listed below. This list is not comprehensive, it is updated periodically and is subject to change. If you do not see your health insurance plan or product listed, or if you have any questions regarding MedStar Health’s participation with your health plan, please contact your health plan to verify participation with our providers.

Since the MedStar Health providers span the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia regions, our participation with DC, Maryland and Virginia Medical Assistance programs varies by provider group. Please contact your MedStar Physician’s Office to assist with verifying Medical Assistance participation. If you are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care Organization, please contact your Medicaid health plan to verify participation.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • AETNA - Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
  • CIGNA HEALTH CARE - Choice Fund PPO
  • AETNA - Open POS II
  • AETNA - Open EPO Plus
  • CIGNA HEALTH CARE - POS OA & OA Plus
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
  • AETNA - Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
  • AETNA - Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
  • AETNA - Aetna USAccess (POS)
  • AETNA - Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
  • AETNA - Innovation Health: POS Plus
  • AETNA - Aetna Student Health Insurance
  • AETNA - Innovation Health: PPO
  • AETNA - Innovation Health: Indemnity
  • AETNA - Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
  • CAREFIRST - CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
  • CAREFIRST - CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
  • CAREFIRST - CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
  • CAREFIRST - CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
  • CAREFIRST - HealthyBlue PPO
  • CAREFIRST - CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
  • CAREFIRST - CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
  • CIGNA HEALTH CARE - CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
  • CIGNA HEALTH CARE - CIGNA POS/Network POS
  • CIGNA HEALTH CARE - Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
  • CIGNA HEALTH CARE - CIGNA Indemnity
  • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK - Coventry Health Care of Virginia
  • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK - Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
  • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK - First Health PPO
  • FIRST HEALTH (NOW COVENTRY) - FIRST HEALTH
  • TRICARE - Tricare Prime
  • TRICARE - Tricare Standard
  • TRICARE - Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
  • TRICARE - Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
  • MEDSTAR FAMILY CHOICE - MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
  • MEDSTAR SELECT - MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
  • MEDSTAR MEDICARE CHOICE - MedStar Medicare Choice
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Choice Plus
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Student Resources
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - M.D. IPA (HMO)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
  • AETNA - Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
  • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK - Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
  • CAREFIRST - Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
  • PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, INC. (PHCS) - Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE - OneNet PPO, Inc.