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Philip Joel Spevak, M.D., M.P.H.

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Director, Center for the Non-invasive Imaging of Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease

Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Expertise: Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Diseases, Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiovascular MRI, Clinical Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease, Congenital Heart Disease - Young Adult, Echocardiography, Fetal Cardiology, Heart Disease, Non-invasive Imaging, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease, Pediatric Imaging, Pediatrics more

Research Interests: Health informatics; Health policy; Non-invasive cardiac imaging; Fetal echo; Echocardiography; Cardiac MRI of the fetus, infant, child and adult with congenital heart disease; Fetal cardiology; Cardiac issues in Marfan's syndrome and arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia; Resource utilization more

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Dr. Philip Spevak is an associate professor of pediatrics and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has special expertise in non-invasive imaging (echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography) in the evaluation of congenital heart disease.  He is also knowledgeable in informatics and resource utilization in health care.

Dr. Spevak is director of the Center for Non-Invasive Imaging of Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins.

After graduating from Williams College with a B.A., Dr. Spevak received a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and performed his fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  He subsequently received a MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Spevak’s research interests include health policy, non-invasive cardiac imaging and health informatics.

He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Echocardiography, the Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine. more


  • Director, Center for the Non-invasive Imaging of Congenital and Acquired Heart Disease
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, University Of Iowa College Of Medicine (1980)


  • Massachusetts General Hospital / Pediatrics (1983)


  • Boston Children's Hospital / Pediatric Cardiology (1986)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Cardiology (1985)
  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics-General (1985)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Spevak’s research interests include health informatics and health policy, non-invasive cardiac imaging and resources utilization in healthcare.

Selected Publications

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Rantner LJ, Vadakkumpadan F, Spevak PJ, Crosson JE, Trayanova NA. "Placement of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in paediatric and congenital heart defect patients: a pipeline for model generation and simulation prediction of optimal configurations." J Physiol. 2013 Sep 1;591(Pt 17):4321-34. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2013.255109. Epub 2013 Jun 24.

Nagy CD, Alejo DE, Corretti MC, Ravekes WJ, Crosson JE, Spevak PJ, Ringel R, Carson KA, Khalil S, Dietz HC, Cameron DE, Vricella LA, Traill TA, Holmes KW. "Tetralogy of Fallot and aortic root dilation: a long-term outlook." Pediatr Cardiol. 2013 Apr;34(4):809-16. doi: 10.1007/s00246-012-0537-8. Epub 2012 Oct 19.

Brown AT, Gillespie JV, Miquel-Verges F, Holmes K, Ravekes W, Spevak P, Brady K, Easley RB, Golden WC, McNamara L, Veltri MA, Lehmann CU, McMillan KN, Schwartz JM, Romer LH. "Inhaled epoprostenol therapy for pulmonary hypertension: Improves oxygenation index more consistently in neonates than in older children." Pulm Circ. 2012 Jan-Mar;2(1):61-6. doi: 10.4103/2045-8932.94835.

Cameron DE, Alejo DE, Patel ND, Nwakanma LU, Weiss ES, Vricella LA, Dietz HC, Spevak PJ, Williams JA, Bethea BT, Fitton TP, Gott VL. "Aortic root replacement in 372 Marfan patients: evolution of operative repair over 30 years." Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 May;87(5):1344-9; discussion 1349-50. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.01.073.

Spevak PJ, Johnson PT, Fishman EK. "Surgically corrected congenital heart disease: utility of 64-MDCT." AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Sep;191(3):854-61. doi: 10.2214/AJR.07.2889. Review.

Activities & Honors


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine
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