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Leonardo R. Espinel, Jr., MD, FACS is a board certified General Surgeon with a wealth of knowledge and experience in advanced laparoscopic and robotic assisted surgeries. Dr. Espinel graduated from Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, LA and completed his residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation Hospital. Dr. Espinel has been in practice for over 18 years and has recently relocated to Northern Virginia from Brentwood, Tennessee. He is a member of several academic societies and has a specialized interest in robotic assisted laparoscopic surgeries, performing nearly 500 robotic assisted surgeries over the past 2 years. He is bilingual, speaking fluent English and Spanish. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Espinel to Northern Virginia!
Carrie I. Thomas, PA-C is from Fairfax, Virginia. She attended Longwood University in Farmville, VA where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Cum Honore with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She earned her Physician Assistant degree at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. Carrie is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants. She worked as a Research Assistant with the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, DC in 2009 and 2010. Carrie is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Joining us August 1, 2016, George J. Younan, MD is a board certified General Surgeon, fellowship trained in Surgical Oncology and Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery for both benign and malignant diseases. Dr. Younan received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and his Doctorate of Medicine degree at the American University of Beirut. He went on to complete a post-doctoral research fellowship in Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury and Wound Healing at the Harvard Medical School Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Younan then completed his surgical residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, VA. He went on to complete his Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. He speaks fluent English, French, and Arabic. Dr. Younan is a member of numerous academic societies to include the Americas Hepatopancreatobiliary Association, Society of Surgical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons, International Hepatopancreatobiliary Association, and American Surgical Congress. He strives to utilize the newest minimally invasive surgical technology and skills available while dedicating exemplary patient care to each of his patients.
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