- Professor of Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine and Attending Physician, George Washington University Medical Center; Senior Attending in Pulmonary Diseases, and Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Spagnolo is Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Attending Physician at George Washington University Medical Center & Senior Attending in Pulmonary Diseases and Medical Director Respiratory Care Services at the VA Medical Center, Washington, DC. He is the former Director of the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Allergy at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences (1976-1993) and during this same period, he was also the Chief of the Pulmonary Section at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Spagnolo received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College and his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He professionally trained in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital & the Veterans Administration Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Subsequently, he was a Harvard Fellow in Pulmonary Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases. His military service as a US Public Service Officer was spent at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
Since 1972 Dr. Spagnolo has held many academic and administrative appointments at both the Department of Veterans Affairs and George Washington University and he continues to commit himself to the University, the VA Medical Center, and also the surrounding community. For five years he was Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine and for nearly twenty years was the Director of the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Allergy. His ongoing involvement in numerous professional and community associations and university health science functions, and his exceptional research and publication efforts emphasize the focus of an individual dedicated to training and continuing education for all.
As a clinician, Dr. Spagnolo has a worldwide reputation as a therapist and consultant. In 1981, he served as the medical chest consultant in the care of President Ronald Reagan following the attempted assassination. His involvement was reviewed in Mortal Presidency by Robert Gilbert, Basic Books, New York, NY, 1992. As a medical consultant, he serves an international patient community in Europe and the Middle East. His consulting activities are numerous and have included the Will Rogers Institute and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He has also served as a consultant to the White House physicians, Drs. Burton Lee and Lawrence Mohr, Jr. during the presidency of George Bush. As a teacher, he has personally directed the training of nearly 100 pulmonary specialists and critical care specialists and is an active lecturer on the subject of pulmonary and critical care medicine. As a researcher, he has directed major research projects funded by foundations and grants, supervised the publication of numerous medical journal publications, three textbooks and a number of book chapters.
Dr. Spagnolo’s leadership responsibilities have been significant. He has served as President of the District of Columbia Thoracic Society, President of the National Association of Veterans Affairs Physicians & Dentists, and served for five years as the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Governor for the District of Columbia. He served on the editorial Board of CHEST, the official journal of the ACCP from 2002 to 2006. He has testified before the US Congress on various issues related to health care policy and quality of care.
Dr. Spagnolo's long and distinguished academic career and his dedication to clinical care of patients, teaching, and research has given him extensive experience in participating in conferences around the world as well as numerous radio and television appearances. Because of these interests, he founded the International Lung Foundation in 1991 and the Foundation for Veterans’ Health Care in 1997. Dr. Spagnolo is listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in Science & Engineering. Dr. Spagnolo is married to the Hon. Dorcas R. Hardy, former Commissioner of Social Security.