Dr. Jon Spiers is an acclaimed heart surgeon, an accomplished attorney, a dedicated patriot, and a committed Republican. When a hand injury ended his career in the operating room, Dr. Spiers went on to pursue a new professional calling as an attorney, leveraging his insider’s knowledge of the industry to powerfully contribute to the improvement of healthcare. After earning a law degree from the University of Houston, he founded a legal practice devoted to helping doctors provide better care, innovators develop new technology, and leaders shape better health policy.
A Lifetime of Service.
Jon first learned the importance of serving his community as a young man building barns and bridges for the National Park Service, through scouting, and working as a member of his church youth program. After graduating from a small rural high school, he attended Duke University on scholarship, where he was also on the football team. Jon went on to medical school at the University of Tennessee and then trained as both a general and trauma surgeon. He continued his surgical training in cardiac and thoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston's world-famous Texas Medical Center.
As a cardiac surgeon, Dr. Spiers introduced innovative surgical techniques to the fields of cardiac and vascular surgery, often combining traditional and emerging technologies. He was among the first US surgeons to perform “keyhole” beating-heart cardiac surgery. He adopted and expanded the use of less invasive techniques to treat peripheral vascular disease as well. Ironically, Dr. Spiers' surgical career was cut short when he was himself a patient, and he suffered a major complication during a procedure.
Dr. Spiers currently heads the Spiers Group, a Houston-based legal practice focused on health policy, biotechnology ventures, and ethics. He collaborates with leading healthcare innovators to improve delivery and access to groundbreaking treatments, works to develop surgery centers and laboratories, and advises inventors and industry on innovations for use in the medical, sports, and automotive sectors. He has also counseled state and federal leaders, as well as law enforcement agencies, on a variety of healthcare issues.
A former Army Medical Corps Reservist, Dr. Spiers is a member of the Advisory Board for the national non-profit HealthCorps and its Texas Two-Step: Save A Life Campaign, which provides free CPR training to the public. He travels the United States to speak to students and community groups about the opioid and substance abuse crisis. Dr. Spiers lends his expertise to the Wellness Committee for Combined Arms, a group of non-profit organizations focused on helping veterans and their families. He is also an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 in Houston and is a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Dr. Spiers lives with his wife, Dana, also a surgeon, in Houston, where they are rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey flooded their home. They have four children and attend church at St. John the Divine.