Dr. Leonardo Espinel Jr, MD

Dr. Leonardo Espinel Jr, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
55 y/o

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Dr. Leonardo Espinel Jr, MD is a general surgery specialist in Dulles, VA and has been practicing for 21 years. He specializes in general surgery, colon & rectal surgery, and more.Read his story

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24430 Stone Springs Blvd Ste 345

Dulles, VA 20166
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Prime Health Services
  • Private HealthCare Systems
  • State Farm
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Cholecystitis and Gallstones
very high
more than 99% of peers
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
very high
more than 99% of peers
Ventral Hernia
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Espinel Jr's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Espinel Jr "Dr. Leonardo Espinel is a board certified General Surgeon with specialized interests in minimally-invasive surgery including the latest robotic-assisted procedures such as gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy), acid reflux & hiatal hernia surgery, colorectal (instestine and rectum) resection for benign and malignant disease as well as hernia repair (abdominal, umbilical, inguinal). He attended Tulane University and completed his residency at Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation Hospital."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Espinel Jr "I knew I wanted to be a doctor at a very early age. My parents owned a pharmacy and in most Latin countries at the time people with common-day ailments could walk up to a pharmacy, discuss the symptoms with the staff and get the medicine they needed to treat their illness. I enjoyed helping patients in this setting.  I strive to ensure my patients understand the reason for their illness, indication for surgery and what to expect after. My patients are the most important part of the patient-doctor relationship. I enjoy running, bicycling (spinning), family time and listening to Pearl Jam. I am a strong believer in using technology to advance the practice of surgery. I approach each surgery using the best minimally invasive technique available. I have seen how minimally invasive and robotic surgery provides clinical advantages and positive outcomes affording the patient minimal blood loss, quicker return to full activity, shorter hospital days, small incisions and reduced pain levels."
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4  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

55  Conditions Treated

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61  Procedures

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Advanced Robotic Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery, Robotic-Assisted
  • Cyst Incision and Drainage
  • da Vinci® Colectomy
  • da Vinci® Gallbladder Removal
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Achalasia
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Mastectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paracentesis
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Varicose Vein Procedure
  • Wound Repair
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Loyola University of New Orleans
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • Tulane University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • Ochsner Medical Foundation New Orleans
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Ochsner Medical Foundation New Orleans
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Leonardo Espinel Jr, MD
Human, compassionate, funny and most of all extremely competent
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B Gordon in VA – Sep 06, 2018
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Procedure: bilateral inguinal herniaI, female I went to Dulles for my consult with symptoms of 1 hernia, but Dr. Espinel informed me I had 2--one on either side--and I was booked for surgery that day. Yay! For my first surgery, I feel I picked just the right place + staff to get me through it. My...Read More
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bp in Alexandria, VA – Aug 11, 2018
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Hey Everyone: This guy is the real deal folks. My physician recommended him Monday. I met him at his office Tuesday. I had surgery Wednesday. Thursday, I went back to work. I had no pain. I only took Ibuprofen and Tylenol. I iced the area twice per the instructions. Today, nine days...Read More
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Buzz in Warrenton, VA – Jul 28, 2018
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Made an appt exactly when I need it. Super helpful safe. Dr walked in with a smile. Made me feel comfortable in the decision to do surgery.
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Asma – Jul 26, 2018
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Dr. Espinel did a fantastic job with removing a large cyst that was causing acute pain, difficulty with breathing and nausea. His pre-op attention to details and explanations were comforting. His post-op attention was just as thorough. His good natured bedside manner helped lighten my fears. ...Read More
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Richard M. Guy in Springfield, VA – Jul 22, 2018
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