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Beverly E Spencer, MD

Beverly E Spencer, MD

out of 5
229 Ratings
35 Comments

Specialty

Cardiology
General Internal Medicine

Department

Internal Medicine

Locations

Colonial Square

2905 Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
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Education

Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Internship

Massachusetts General Hospital

Residency

Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellowship

University of Virginia Health System

Biography

As a child growing up in Portland, Jamaica, Dr. Beverly Spencer was fascinated by medicine and the complexity of the human body.

“My mother says that from the time I was able to talk, I told everybody that I was going to be a doctor. I was going around giving people injections with straws,” she said with a laugh.

Today, Spencer is director of nuclear cardiology and the medical director of VCU Health at Colonial Square, a highly regarded community practice that joined the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center family in June 2016. She described the practice as a “close-knit group…more like family than co-workers” who are devoted to excellent patient care. She is a frequent lecturer who enjoys volunteering for community events.

While many of her patients come from Colonial Heights, Petersburg, Hopewell and Emporia, some have driven from as far as four to five hours away to see her. 

“Our practice has been steadily growing,” she said, sitting in a conference room at the office. “We offer full outpatient cardiology services here.” Patients come to the practice for consultations, Holter and event monitoring, pacemaker and automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator monitoring, and cardiac imaging, including cardiac ultrasounds and nuclear imaging. The practice hopes to add  3D echocardiogram technology very soon.

“My mother says that from the time I was able to talk, I told everybody that I was going to be a doctor. I was going around giving people injections with straws,” Spencer said with a laugh.

Spencer explained how her early interest in medicine led her to purse a B.A. in Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also played on the women’s tennis team.

While a student at Harvard Medical School, her beloved grandmother fell ill with heart disease. “I was pretty keen to get into a field where I could treat patients with heart disease,” she said.

After completing an internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, she studied nuclear medicine during her cardiology fellowship at the University of Virginia.

“Nuclear cardiology just fascinated me because of the ability to use specialized isotopes to image the heart, which tied into my natural love for biology and physics,” she said. This noninvasive tool “uses radioactive markers to take pictures of the blood flow in the heart, and so we’re able to look at heart function, blood flow patterns and cardiac chamber sizes.”

She uses the imaging to evaluate patients for such problems as coronary artery disease, heart failure, coronary blockages, valve disease and congenital heart conditions. One common test is myocardial perfusion imaging, which allows a noninvasive look at the blood flow to the heart muscle.

“Her patients LOOOVE her,” said Zakia Ofori, her medical assistant of 11 years. “She is very compassionate, loves her patients, will go above and beyond to make sure that they are taken care of. Not only to the patients, but to her staff. That’s just who she is: She has a heart of gold.”

In addition, “she is just a genius when it comes to this nuclear part. She is very meticulous and very focused and careful in what she does.”

Recently, Dr. Spencer diagnosed a patient with a rare genetic cardiomyopathy, then diagnosed a sister; after evaluating all the siblings in this family. “They were actually seeing other cardiologists, but the diagnosis never came up,” said Spencer. “That was a big deal, because that heart condition is life threatening and required a defibrillator, and we got her sisters diagnosed for the condition as well.”

“I love patient care. I can’t imagine that there’s anything else that I could have done that would be more rewarding,” she added with a smile. “I just love the art of medicine, which is NOT just being a doctor, BUT being able to listen and understand the whole patient and not just the disease.”

VCU Health at Colonial Square is located at 2905 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834. To schedule an appointment, please call 804-526-0682.

“Her patients LOOOVE her,” said Zakia Ofori, her medical assistant of 11 years. “She is very compassionate, loves her patients, will go above and beyond to make sure that they are taken care of. Not only to the patients, but to her staff. That’s just who she is: She has a heart of gold.”

Clinical Interests

Echocardiography; Nuclear Cardiology

Ratings & Reviews

229 Ratings
35 Comments

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Dr. Spencer is an awesome doctor! I recommend her to anyone with a heart issue.
December 2022
If Dr. Spencer is a little late coming the exam room, she always apologizes.
November 2022
Good.
November 2022
Good.
November 2022
Dr. Spencer is a very professional provider. She answered some questions that I was concerned and also informed me that if my condition should happen to change, since I was seen by her before, I can always come back and see her again! Just knowing that made me feel secure that I will have a great Cardiologist to take care of me. What I really have to say thank you to Dr. Spencer was when gave me some advice about my diabetes that I will be discussing with my PCP at my next appointment. [...]
August 2022
Excellent bedside manner. She listens to my concerns and includes me in the solution.
June 2022
Very good.
June 2022
My condition is so improved she doesn't need to see me any longer on regular appointments, only on a as needed basis. This is wonderful, I am so excited on this, feel like I'm graduating from high school again.
June 2022
Everything excellent.
April 2022
Dr Spencer is phenomenal
April 2022
My experience was very good, she explained everything to me.
January 2022
Dr. Spencer is a great physician and I would recommend her to anyone needing a good physician.
December 2021
Dr. Spencer took care of my husband and mother before they passed. She cares about me and my family.
December 2021
Good.
July 2021
I have no problem and she is kind and understanding, and take time with you make you feel that you are important to her, and care about you.
June 2021
The provider was very professional, also explain what were the information was explained. Let me know what to expect down in the future.
May 2021
Tops.
May 2021
Dr. Spencer is AWESOME!!! Trust her totally and I'm so thankful my husband recommended her... he loves her too! Nice to have someone that really cares about her patients! You guys are so lucky to have her on your staff. Dedicated, smart and friendly - We have recommended her to friends.
April 2021
This provider was very helpful for my upcoming surgery for my device.
March 2021
Dr. Spencer is an aggressive doctor, but she cares about her patients. She is a pleasure and she is very knowledgeable and detailed in her care. I answered somewhat because she knew what was wrong and gave me a solution before I could finish telling her my story. That is amazing to me. Thank you, Dr. Spencer.
March 2021
Dr. Spencer is awesome!
February 2021
Good.
February 2021
Good.
February 2021
Dr. Spencer is an excellent physician - she cares about her clients (patients) and demonstrates competent care. A real asset to the VCU team. Thanks!
January 2021
Dr Spencer cares about her patients.
January 2021
Dr. Spencer is awesome, knowledgeable, and very professional.
December 2020
I have been with Dr. Spencer for 20 years. She is a very good and caring dr.
December 2020
Dr. Spencer is kind, professional and personable; I've been with *Dr. Spencer for over 11 years.
November 2020
Good - my only cardio provider.
November 2020
Good experiences.
November 2020
good
November 2020
I like my doctor. [...] God bless you.
October 2020
I trust her. She is very good. I would recommending her to anyone.
July 2020
Dr. Spencer listen to my concerns very attentively!
June 2020
Bad bedside manner.
March 2020