Radiologist Spotlight: John D. Gleason, MD

In Gleason, Physician Spotlight by Addison Clark

Dr. Gleason and family

Growing up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, just outside Detroit, John Gleason gravitated toward biology courses and pursued his goal of becoming a physician. Today he is a board-certified diagnostic and interventional radiologist with Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF).

The career choice was a natural one, as health care is his family’s business. He is the son of a dentist and a nurse, while one sister is an ObGyn and the other a nurse practitioner.

Dr. Gleason studied chemistry at Boston College and went on to the top-ranked Harvard Medical School.

“Halfway through Harvard, I was introduced to interventional radiology. I knew that’s what I wanted to pursue,” he said. “It’s just the right balance between the two sides of radiology: as a diagnostician and as a provider of direct patient care.”

After completing his radiology residency at the University of Michigan, and his fellowship in interventional radiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami, Florida, he joined RAF in 2009.

Dr. Gleason specializes in all aspects of interventional radiology, which includes the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, varicose veins, and minimally invasive treatments for cancer. Along with evaluating and treating patients at RAF’s Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates (VIVA) practice, he also serves patients at Mary Washington Hospital and Stafford Hospital.

“In today’s health care world, ‘patient-centered care’ is the mantra,” Dr. Gleason said. “VIVA surely reflects that value. We are laser focused on the needs, comfort, and choices of our patients.”

Board certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic and interventional radiology, Dr. Gleason is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Interventional Radiology, where he serves on the national membership development committee. He is also a member of the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America.

Dr. Gleason met his wife, Shelby, a West Virginia native, during his residency. She, too, has a health care background, having served as an administrator at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. They married in 2007.

“We wanted to settle down in a family-friendly community close to Shelby’s roots,” Dr. Gleason said. “Fredericksburg has it all.”

The Gleasons have two children, three-year-old Patrick and one-year-old Callie. A miniature schnauzer, Maizey Blue, is the family’s fifth member. Named after the school colors of University of Michigan, she’s a daily reminder of the Gleasons’ favorite team.