James Richard Spears, M.D., F.A.C.C. 

           It is with great pride that the Atallah Heart Center welcomes the addition of Richard Spears, M.D., F.A.C.C., to our team.  Dr. Spears brings vast clinical and research expertise to the RMC.  He graduated from the SUNY Downstate Medical School in New York and completed his internship at The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center.  He completed his residency at Lenox Hill Hospital, an NYU affiliate, prior to accepting a National Institute of Health Research Fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco.  He went on to complete his cardiology fellowship at Lenox Hill and his invasive cardiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. 

Dr. Spears has had numerous faculty appointments throughout his career.  He served as an Instructor in Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Assistant Professor of Radiology at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School for seven years.  He later served as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and as a Professor of Medicine at WSU since 1992.

Dr. Spears’ professional appointments are equally impressive.  Throughout his career he has served as Physician-in-Charge of the Coronary Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital, Director of the Cardiac Laser Lab at Beth Israel, and Director of both the Cardiovascular Device Laboratory and the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Harper University Hospital.  It is at the latter where he earned the nickname, “Golden Hands” emphasizing his cardiac catheterization and interventional skills with balloon angioplasty and vascular stenting.  During his time at Harper and the WSU School of Medicine, Dr. Spears also served as the Interim Chief of Cardiology and as an associate in the Department of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Spears is recognized as a pioneer in invasive cardiology and holds more than 50 patents.  He sits on the editorial board of several medical journals as well as being actively involved in the peer-review process of many more.  He has published over 60 original research articles, over 70 abstracts, and has contributed chapters to over 18 different texts.

In addition to his research accomplishments, Dr. Spears is also an educator.  He taught Introduction to Clinical Medicine and Introduction to ECG Interpretation at Harvard Medical School while working at Beth Israel.  While at Harper, he has taught WSU residents and fellows for over a decade, winning the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award in 1999.  Many cardiologists practicing in Michigan, including some in the Rochester community, are his former students.  

            The RMC is pleased to announce that Dr. Spears began his practice at the Atallah Heart Center as of March 1st, and currently has privileges at Harper University Hospital and William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak.

           He will continue his ground-breaking research at the Atallah Research Center.