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

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  • Chief Informatics Officer, Johns Hopkins Children's Center
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Cardiac Imaging, Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Medicine, 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; Echocardiography; infant, child congenital heart disease; resource utilization more

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Philip Spevak, M.D., serves as Chief Informatics Officer at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as an associate professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also affiliated with Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Spevak has an expertise in pediatric cardiology, including pediatric cardiac imaging, non-invasive imaging and cardiovascular MRI; cardiology, fetal cardiology and clinical cardiology; cardiovascular diseases and congenital heart disease;  echocardiography; and informatics.

Dr. Spevak earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, followed by a medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at the Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Spevak has also received a certificate for the completion of The Science of Clinical Investigation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master’s of public health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Spevak was also part of creating the Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Program of Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

Dr. Spevak is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Cardiology, as well as a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, the Society for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging, the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography, the American Heart Association and the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine. 

Dr. Spevak’s research interests include health informatics; health policy; non-invasive cardiac imaging; echocardiography; infant, child and adult with congenital heart disease; and resource utilization. He has contributed to numerous publications, seminars, workshops and book chapters, as well as reviewing several journals. more


  • Chief Informatics Officer, Johns Hopkins Children's Center
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

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  • MD; University of Iowa Roy J and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine (1980)


  • Pediatrics; Massachusetts General Hospital (1983)


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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Cardiology) (1985)
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatrics) (1985)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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

Selected Publications

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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