Dr. David Spinosa is internationally recognized as an expert in alternative contrast agents and the treatment of renal vascular disease and limb-threatening peripheral arterial disease. He joined Fairfax Radiology in 2004. Prior to joining FRC, Dr. Spinosa was an associate professor of radiology with the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System for eight years, and also directed UVA’s Radiology Core Laboratory for Research. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of venous diseases including varicose veins, as well as peripheral vascular and renal vascular diseases, and uterine fibroid embolization.
Dr. Spinosa brings a unique background in patient care to FRC. Prior to becoming a diagnostic and interventional radiologist, he trained in general surgery, and then worked in emergency medicine. Dr. Spinosa says, “This background has helped me understand and treat not only otherwise healthy patients with vascular diseases, but also patients who have more complex medical illnesses. I believe my days spent in the emergency room have helped me become a better listener to patients, and encouraged me to develop a practical approach to patient care.”
Dr. Spinosa was born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, as was his wife of more than 30 years, Lisa. He then attended Columbia College in New York City as an undergraduate, and attended medical school at Tufts University of Medicine in Boston. Dr. Spinosa’s medical training includes three years of surgical training at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, four years of training in diagnostic radiology residency at Georgetown University Hospital, and a fellowship in angiography and interventional radiology at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Spinosa has lectured nationally and internationally, published over 50 manuscripts and 40 abstracts, and has been an invited author of numerous book chapters and articles. He was also awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health as part of the multicenter CORAL trial to investigate the treatment of renal artery stenosis. He is a manuscript reviewer for the journal “Radiology” and the “Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.”
Dr. Spinosa has received several awards and distinctions including the Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence (UVA) in 1999; Charles J. Tegtmeyer, M.D. Outstanding Clinical Faculty Service (UVA) in 1998; Myerson Memorial Award (Tufts University School of Medicine awarded for academic performance and individual integrity) in 1984; and elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in 1984.
Dr. Spinosa is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology, received his certificate of added qualification in interventional radiology, and is a registered vascular technologist.
With a very busy schedule, Dr. Spinosa and his wife make time to enjoy baseball. He says they are both “avid baseball fans and have especially enjoyed the recent success of our two favorite teams, the Red Sox and Nationals.”