Second Opinions from Dr. Spiers
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Second Opinions from Dr. Spiers by video or phone.

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Jon Spiers MD, JD

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Expertise
Cardiovascular DIseases and Lesions, Lung Cancer and Other Lesions, Peripheral Vascular Disease
Why?
Why consult with me? Because I know what it is like to be a patient; because I have been treated for some of the same diseases I treat myself! So I can speak fist-hand as to the questions you may have as a patent as a doctor and as a patient. I recognize that most patients never get all their questions answered - either because they are afraid to ask or the doctor just doesnt answer. I face that problem all the time with my own family. Too often patients are concerned about the diagnosis, overwhelmed with the information they are given, and they have questions they forget to ask. Recognizing that they feel better asking someone who they feel more comfortable chatting with in a less stressful situation. I have found that by providing a "comfort zone" where patients can ask questions, no matter how silly they might think them to be is a great benefit AND leads to better outcomes. After all, an informed patient makes better decisions, participates more in his or her care, and usually has better outcomes. Besides - I have been through many of the procedures in which I have expertise, so I speak with the knowledge and experience of someone who has been on both sides of the equations!
Diseases (optional)
Coronary Artery Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Carotid Artery Disease, Pneumothorax, Lung Cancer, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Renal Artery Stenosis, Barlow's Syndrome, Heart Valve Disease, Pulmonary Embolism
Procedures (optional)
Carotid Endarterectomy, Aortic Angioplasty, Bypass Surgery, Robotically Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Place of Work
J P Spiers MD JD

Professional

Professional Interest
I am interested in the least invasive methods of treating diseases effectively and safely. This is why I began exploring minimally invasive surgical techniques and percutaneous (endovascular) techniques so long ago.
Ideal Client
I love talking with someone who has a keen interest to consider alternatives, with lots of questions, and recognizes that the ultimate responsibility for their care lies with them - not any doctor.
Specialty
General Surgery
Traumatic Surgery
Vascular Surgery
Thoracic Surgery, Board Certified
Type of practice
Industry
Current practice
Currently I perform in a consulting capacity (due to an injury) helping physicians, patients, attorneys and hospitals improve healthcare delivery and results. Prior to my injury, I performed a host of operations to treat thoracic and cardiovascular disease, including heart bypass operations, heart valve operations, aneurysm surgery, carotid artery surgery, lung cancer resections, and operations for thoracic trauma. In addition, I treated many lesions percutaneously, using stents, angioplasty and stent grafts - useful for treating aneurysms through the smallest incisions possible. The practice of cardiovascular and thoracic has been one of the most gratifying things I can imagine, allowing me to witness miracles close at hand while helping patients and their families through incredibly difficult times.
Honors and Awards
While a resident, I was named the outstanding clinical professor in surgery.

Education Details

Education
University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Residencies
General Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee
Fellowships & Internships (optional)
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine / Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Houston, Texas

Personal Details

Personal Interest
Sporting Clays, Skiing, Fishing, and community service projects
Languages Spoken
English
Tags
Symptoms

Aneurysms

Syncope and dizziness

Chest pressure

Shortness of breath

Leg pain on walking

Cardaic arrhythmia

Ripping sensation in the chest

Sudden onset of lifethreatening arrhythmias

Pain in one leg worsened by exercise

Cardiac syncope

Heart arrhythmia

Flail chest

Tracheal Stenosis

Bilateral stroke

Arrhythmias

Cramping pain in both legs

Lung cancer

Shortness of breath from exercise

Aneurysm

Arrhythmia

Chest pain with shortness of breath

Acute heartburnlike chest pain

Traumatic Chest injury

Substernal chest pain

Heart arrhythmias

Constant leg pain

Chest pain

Dissection of an aortic aneurysm

Chest discomfort

Syncope

Great vessels causing life threatening chest pain

Dissection syndromes

Dissecting aortic aneurysm

Aneurysmal dissection

Sudden onset of chest pain

Tearing sensation in the chest

Carotid artery stenosis

Gradual onset of chest pain

Vascular syncope

Cardiac arrhythmia

Chest tightness

Lifethreatening arrhythmias

Life threatening mediastinal causes of chest pain

Chest pain without shortness of breath

Bronchial cancer

Cardiovascular syncope

Diseases

Heart Valve Disease

Cancer of Lung

Valvular Heart Disease (Heart Valve Disease)

Aneurysm Of Belly (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)

Aortic Stenosis

DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)

Ischemic Renal Disease (Ischemic Nephropathy

Renal Artery Stenosis)

Biological Valve (Heart Valve Disease Treatment)

Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)

Carotid Artery Disease

Blood Clot in the Lung (Pulmonary Embolism)

Poor Circulation (Peripheral Vascular Disease)

Barlows Syndrome (Mitral Valve Prolapse)

Aneurysm of Aorta (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

AAA)

Mitral Valve Prolapse

Atherosclerotic Renovascular Disease (Renal Artery Stenosis)

Pulmonary Cancer (Lung Cancer)

Renal Artery Occlusion (Renal Artery Stenosis)

Aneurysm (Vascular Disease)

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Arteriosclerosis (Peripheral Vascular Disease)

Coronary Artery Disease (Heart Disease)

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Atherosclerosis (Peripheral Vascular Disease)

Click Murmur Syndrome (Mitral Valve Prolapse)

Medications

Aggrenox (Aspirin

ExtendedRelease Dipyridamole)

Esmolol (Brevibloc)

Lanoxin Injection (Digoxin Injection)

Persantine (Dipyridamole)

Empirin Codeine (Aspirin and Codeine)

Digitek (Digoxin Tablets)

Norgesic (Orphenadrine Citrate with Aspirin and Caffeine)

Clopidogrel Bisulfate (Plavix)

Equagesic (Meprobamate and Aspirin)

Robaxisal (Methocarbamol and Aspirin)

Digibind (Digoxin Immune Fab)

Procedures

PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

Coronary Angioplasty)

Carotid Endarterectomy / Carotid Angioplasty with Stenting

Arterial Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts

CT Coronary Angiogram

Endovascular Aorta Treatment Thoracic

Renal Angiogram

Stents (Coronary Angioplasty)

Heart Bypass (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft)

Abdominal Angiogram

Angioplasty and Vascular Stent Placement

CABG (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft)

Robotically Assisted Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) and Stent Placement

Minimally Invasive Bypass Surgery

Cerebral Angiography

Angiogram Of Heart (Coronary Angiogram)

Cardiac Catheterization (Coronary Angiogram)

Homograft Valve (Heart Valve Disease Treatment)

Bypass Surgery

Heart (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft)

Balloon Angioplasty Of Heart (Coronary Angioplasty)

Aortic Angiography

Off Pump Bypass Surgery

Coronary Bypass Grafting

Pulmonary Angiogram