Dr. Alexander Spira, MD

Hematology & Oncology •  Male • Age 51
  
Dr. Spira
Accepting new patients
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Virginia Cancer Specialists

1830 Town Center Dr Reston, VA 20190

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(703) 437-6535

Dr. Alexander Spira, MD is a Hematology & Oncology Specialist in Reston, VA. Dr. Spira has more experience with Breast Cancer, Gynecologic Oncology, and Blood Cancers than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Spira to book an appointment.


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Dr. Spira accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Balanced-VA PPO
BlueCare-VA
BlueChoice Adv Open Access (Select Network)-VA
Bronze OAEPO-VA
Bronze-VA PPO
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Essential KeyCare-VA
Gold OAEPO-VA
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National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Option I-VA
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Practice Areas

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer specialists diagnose and treat the presence of malignant cells in breast tissue that may spread to other parts of the body.Compare with other Breast Cancer specialists.

Typically treats 96% more than similar doctors

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TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Breast Cancer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Breast Cancer more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Gynecologic Oncology

Oncologists diagnose and treat cancers of the female reproductive system, including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and cervical cancer, through chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or targeted cancer therapy.Compare with other Gynecologic Oncology specialists.

Typically treats 83% more than similar doctors

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TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Gynecologic Cancer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Gynecologic Cancer more than 94% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 94% of their peers

Ovarian Cancer
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Ovarian Cancer more than 88% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 88% of their peers

Cervical Cancer
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Cervical Cancer more than 78% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 78% of their peers

Blood Cancers

Blood cancer specialists diagnose and treat cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma that affect the blood cells, bone marrow, or lymphatic system.Compare with other Blood Cancers specialists.

Typically treats 82% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 9 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Myeloma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Myeloma more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Nodular Lymphoma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Nodular Lymphoma more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Lymphatic Disorders

Lymphatic disorders specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the lymphatic system, including lymphedema, lymphadenitis, and lymphangitis.Compare with other Lymphatic Disorders specialists.

Typically treats 82% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma more than 99% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 99% of their peers

Nodular Lymphoma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Nodular Lymphoma more than 96% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 96% of their peers

Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Spira treats Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma more than 94% of their peers

Dr. Spira treats this condition more than 94% of their peers

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Dr. Spira's conditions and procedures:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • All Lymphoma
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Disorders
  • Anemia
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Biopsy
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Blood Disorders
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Burkitt's Lymphoma
  • Cancer
  • Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Gallbladder and Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hodgkin's Disease
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Larynx Conditions
  • Leukocytosis
  • Lip Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphocytosis
  • Lymphoma, Large-Cell
  • Macroglobulinemia (incl. Waldenstrom's )
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
  • Marginal Zone Lymphoma
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Melanoma
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neutropenia
  • Nodular Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancytopenia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • Plasmapheresis
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pleural Cancer
  • Polycythemia Rubra Vera
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Purpura
  • Reticulosarcoma
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Diseases
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thoracentesis
  • Throat Cancer (Hypopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Nasopharyngeal)
  • Throat Cancer (Oropharyngeal)
  • Thrombocytosis
  • Thrombosis
  • Thymomas
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Tonsil Cancer
  • Urinary Disorders
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Uterine Diseases
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vascular Disease
  • Venous Embolism and Thrombosis

Dr. Spira's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Spira

4.4

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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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  • Appointment was rushed (3)
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Dr Alex Spira is "fully engaged & committed",  a truly Top Notch Medical Professional at Virginia Cancer Specialists (VCS).  He is well prepared, able to communicate in a caring but being respectful to his Patients, while building "trust" to improve and advance the health & life of the VCS Patients !  Plus, based on our recent VCS visits, Dr. Spira's and the VCS Teams project a true desire to provide the "Best Quality Care for Patients".  On that note, I have personally noted, Dr Spira's "day to day" interactions with his Dr.'s, RN Nurses, VCS Teams  and Patients.  Dr Alex Spira demonstrates "Leadership & Quality Care to Patients", by building the VCS Medical "bench strength" by ensuring everyone is cross trained to ensure quality care to Patients from all the VCS Team of Cancer Specialist, that's "Team Work" !  My Care Giver (my wife) and I are proud to be a Patient's and be part of VCS, at this time of my life, God Bless, Thank You to all Cancer/Medical "Professionals" at VCS !
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Dr. Spira provides upfront detail and is transparent in the professional process as required; as a patient there should be more Doctors just like Dr. Spira as a result. I highly recommend this Doctor and his support staff are just as thorough and transparent in their discussion points.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Tom king in Falls church, VA – Nov 27, 2019
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The bad news is I can't see him anymore! The good news was that my recent tests showed I was cancer-free. After being treated as if I were already dead by the first oncologist I saw after having been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, my heart and head were completely turned around after meeting with Dr. Spira. He gave me hope, carefully and decisively laying out his protocols for post-operative treatment. He practices at a level of joy and expertise that inspires confidence. He knows he's helping patients through rough, possibly hopeless territory. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him as I walked my walk. Humor, sparkle, medical integrity, discernment, compassion and personal banter make Dr. Spira an amazing physician. I feel fortunate to have had him on my side for the past 4 1/2 years.
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  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Carolyn Park – Sep 12, 2019
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I was diagnosed with lung cancer and I’ve been seeing Dr Spira since late 2013. I saw him in June for my yearly check up. It was a great visit cause he told me that the test and cat scan came out great and he didn’t need to see me anymore.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
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Jul 17, 2019
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I sleep well knowing he is my oncologist. I am certain I am with a very talented doctor. It makes life much less stressful knowing you are being being looked after by the best one of the best lung guys.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Karen D in Alexandria, VA – Jun 26, 2019
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He is very knowledgeable and caring!
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Dr. Spira is the expert in his area, and is given the most challenging cases! He is smart, friendly, professional, and I would reccomend him to anyone. He is the one Drs. go to with the problem patients that need the best! A great Dr.
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Mar 29, 2019
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Dr Spira immediately connected with me as a person, a perfect way to start an ongoing working relationship. He has in all of our meetings demonstrated an ability to both listen to the patient and to provide needed information to the patient. He impresses me as being very high IQ and extremely knowledgeable in his field, one which is undergoing radical technical change today. I have great confidence in his ability to meet my needs as a patient. His team is efficient and a joy to work with.
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Nick in Reston, VA – Feb 07, 2019
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I have been treated by Dr Spira for 3.5 years, having been referred to him and Virginia Cancer Center by John's Hopkins as their "1 trained physician in NOVA." He has always been responsive to me, answers all my questions, both in person and via email. He has a very supportive staff and the nurses are angels! Have been very pleased with his care. Bob Ferguson, Burke, VA
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Bob Ferguson in Burke, VA – Jan 22, 2019
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Joel Gatewood in Burke, VA – Jan 10, 2019
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After a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, I found myself overwhelmed as to what needed to be done. A referral placed me in the care of Dr.Spira. His cheerful and positive attitude for treatment was extremely encouraging and his office staff was efficient in taking care of details. Although I dreaded Dr. Spira’s designed treatment plan, he and his medical team administered the treatments with minimal discomfort. There is current success. Thanks Dr. Spira and Virginia Cancer Specialists.
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Frank D in Springfield , VA – Dec 15, 2018
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Dr spira is awesome he listens and has s big heart for his patients. I love him?? Barbara Santo
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Barbara Santo in Ashburn Va – Jan 26, 2018
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Certainly can tell who is a an physician for the right reasons. Takes his time,listens appropriately and thoroughly explains. Portrays his confidence over to the patient. Dr Spira is a great Doctor ! ??
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Biography

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Alex Spira earned his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. He then went on to complete his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and he completed h...Read more

Specialties

  • Hematology & Oncology

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology

Education

2003
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship Hospital
2000
U Penn Hosp U PA
Residency Hospital
1998
Hospital Of University Of Pennsylvania
Internship Hospital
1990
Harvard Medical School
Undergraduate School

Awards

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Locations

Virginia Cancer Specialists

Virginia Cancer Specialists1830 Town Center Dr Reston, VA 20190
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Inova Alexandria Hospital

Alexandria, VA

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2018)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020)

Inova Fairfax Hospital

Falls Church, VA

80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

  • America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020, 2019)

Novant Health Uva Health Haymarket Medical Center

Haymarket, VA

76% Patient experience rating, 7% higher than the national average

Reston Hospital Center

Reston, VA

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019, 2018)

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Woodbridge, VA

68% Patient experience rating, 1% lower than the national average