Radiologist Spotlight: John D. Statler, MD

In 2016, Newsletter, Physician Spotlight, Statler, Volume 8 Issue 4 by Addison Clark

Physician.  Military veteran. Teacher of the Year. Lecturer. Writer. Father.  Drummer. Dr. John Statler, a fellowship- trained, board-certified interventional radiologist with Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg, has seamlessly served in a range of roles.

Growing up in Newark, DE, he had plans to be an English teacher. While he was attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, reflections brought a change in path.“I decided there was a bigger picture for my life,” he said.

He went on to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia on a four-year scholarship with the US Army and then completed his medical training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. There, he received the Radiologic Society of North America’s Resident Research Award.

After graduation, Dr. Statler was selected to stay on at Walter Reed, where he served as the director of the Women’s Imaging Center, as well as the chief of gastrointestinal and genitourinary radiology. In 2001, he was selected as Teacher of the Year for the National Capital Area Radiology Residency.

In 2003, he completed a combat tour in Afghanistan, serving as the chief of the X-ray section at the American hospital in Bagram. “My time in Afghanistan taught me self-reliance—the ability to do whatever it takes to get the job done, even in the most austere conditions,” he said.

In 2004, Dr. Statler completed a vascular and interventional radiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Afterward, he spent three years at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA, where he served as the chief of interventional radiology. Radiology residents twice named him Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Statler joined Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) in 2007 after completing his military service. He selected RAF after considering nine other groups. “Our practice is unique in that we have so many strong, qualified individuals. Everyone is exceptional at what they do and devoted to excellence in patient care—with a continuous focus on minimally invasive procedures,” he noted.

He is currently a staff interventional radiologist at Mary Washington Hospital, Stafford Hospital and Virginia Interventional & Vascular Associates’ outpatient facility, where he performs a variety of procedures. These include treatments for cancer, peripheral arterial disease, aneurysms, hepatobiliary disease, genitourinary disease, and venous disease (including varicose veins). He is also experienced in pediatric intervention and women’s health issues, including fibroid embolization.

Dr. Statler has served on the faculty of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda since 1998 and is currently an adjunct associate professor. He is active in the American College of Radiology, participating on several committees, and in the Society of Interventional Radiology, which recently selected him as a Fellow. He has also served as a lecturer at several medical conferences and has written numerous articles for medical publications.

In his time away from professional activities, Dr. Statler enjoys home life with his partner Rachel, nine-year-old daughter Sophie, and cat Jermaine. Reading, riding bikes, and visiting Disney World are at the top of the family’s to-do list. He and his family are active in the Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg. Dr. Statler is also an avid drummer and has played in bands most of his life. Although today he favors digital percussion, he still has the second hand drum set he bought when he was 13.

Pictured above is Dr. Statler and his family.