Dr. Timothy R. Shope, MD

Dr. Timothy R. Shope, MD

Languages: English
Fax: (877) 680-8198

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Specialties
  • Bariatric Surgery
Conditions I Treat
  • abdominal apron
  • bariatric surgery counseling
  • morbid obesity
  • obesity
  • overweight
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Procedures I Perform
  • bariatric revision surgery
  • bariatric surgery
  • biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch
  • da vinci robotic gastric bypass surgery
  • duodenal switch
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About the Provider

Timothy Shope, MD, is a bariatric surgeon and Chief of the Section of Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as well as the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).

Dr. Shope specializes in surgical weight loss using bariatric surgical techniques, specifically advanced laparoscopic techniques. He also sees patients for hernias, gallbladder conditions, solid organ surgery, and conditions of the bowels and the GI tract. His research interests include nutritional-based research within the surgical weight loss population.

Dr. Shope completed his medical degree at the Hahnemann University Hospital. He then completed his internship and residency training at the Albany Medical Center before completing his fellowship program at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Shope and his surgery group are one of the three sites within MedStar Health that perform weight loss surgery. They are also the only one of these groups that perform laparoscopic techniques. This advantage allows Dr. Shope to offer procedures with a different approach, translating into faster recovery for patients and getting them back to what is most important in their lives. He is an advocate of using bariatric surgery to not only help patients lose weight but to also help patients get off of their medications, help cure them of diabetes and even get rid of sleep apnea.

Philosophy of Care

"I do what I do so my patients can get back to the business of living. My primary goal is to be able to get patients back to the state of life that they want to be living. Some of my patients want to have the ability to play with their grandkids, and some just want to be able to walk up the stairs. I want my patients to gain control of their lives. The fact that I can help them do that is a very powerful thing.

As a surgeon, my number one responsibility is to be a human. My second responsibility is to be a doctor, and thirdly, to be the best surgeon I can be for my patients. I seek to build a functional relationship between my patients and me that fosters honesty and trust. I am always open to referrals and will do the job that is requested of me by referring physicians, to take care of their patients."

Education
  • Fellowship Program: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (2003)
  • Residency Program: Albany Medical Center (2002)
  • Internship Program: Albany Medical Center (1998)
  • Medical School: Hahnemann University Hospital (1997)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery
Insurance
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    Since the MedStar Health providers span the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia regions, our participation with DC, Maryland and Virginia Medical Assistance programs varies by provider group. Please contact your MedStar Physician’s Office to assist with verifying Medical Assistance participation. If you are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care Organization, please contact your Medicaid health plan to verify participation.


Practice Locations
Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center