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Christopher Fore Spurney, M.D.

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Cardiomyopathy, Muscular Dystrophies, Pediatric Cardiology more


Children's National Health System

Appointment Phone: 202-476-2020
111 Michigan Ave NW
Cardiology Dept, 3rd Floor Suite 200 W Wing
Washington, DC 20010 map
Phone: 202-476-2020 | Fax: 202-476-5700


Dr. Christopher F. Spurney is a pediatric cardiologist affiliated with Sibley Memorial Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, Children’s National Medical Center, Frederick Memorial Hospital and Meritus Medical Center. Dr. Spurney is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric cardiology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He practices out of Children’s National Medical Center, located in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Spurney has expertise in cardiomyopathy and muscular dystrophies.

Dr. Spurney earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed a residency in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital, followed by a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. Spurney has been named a Top Doctor by Northern Virginia Magazine.

Dr. Spurney has contributed to numerous publications and research on muscular dystrophy. more

Departments / Divisions

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sibley Memorial Hospital



  • MD; New York Medical College (1998)


  • Pediatrics; New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center (2001)


  • Pediatric Cardiology; Children's National Hospital (2004)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Olivieri LJ, Kellman P, McCarter RJ, Cross RR, Hansen MS, Spurney CF. "Native T1 values identify myocardial changes and stratify disease severity in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy." J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2016 Oct 28;18(1):72.

Punnoose AR, Kaltman JR, Pastor W, McCarter R, He J, Spurney CF. "Cardiac Disease Burden and Risk of Mortality in Hospitalized Muscular Dystrophy Patients." Pediatr Cardiol. 2016 Oct;37(7):1290-6. doi: 10.1007/s00246-016-1432-5.

Duan D, Rafael-Fortney JA, Blain A, Kass DA, McNally EM, Metzger JM, Spurney CF, Kinnett K. "Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Evaluating the Heart in Preclinical Studies of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy." J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2016 Feb;9(1):85-6. doi: 10.1007/s12265-015-9669-6.

Dillingham BC, Benny Klimek ME, Gernapudi R, Rayavarapu S, Gallardo E, Van der Meulen JH, Jordan S, Ampong B, Gordish-Dressman H, Spurney CF, Nagaraju K. "Inhibition of inflammation with celastrol fails to improve muscle function in dysferlin-deficient A/J mice." J Neurol Sci. 2015 Sep 15;356(1-2):157-62. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2015.06.042.

McNally EM, Kaltman JR, Benson DW, Canter CE, Cripe LH, Duan D, Finder JD, Groh WJ, Hoffman EP, Judge DP, Kertesz N, Kinnett K, Kirsch R, Metzger JM, Pearson GD, Rafael-Fortney JA, Raman SV, Spurney CF, Targum SL, Wagner KR, Markham LW; Working Group of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.; Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy. "Contemporary cardiac issues in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Working Group of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in collaboration with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy." Circulation. 2015 May 5;131(18):1590-8. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.114.015151.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctor, Northern Virginia Magazine

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