I’m Dr. Jon Spiers.
I’m running for Congress because I have the skill set needed to address the problems our nation faces today and to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Our country is adrift, and Washington is failing us. We need dedicated and determined leaders who are willing to make personal sacrifices and put the nation's needs before their own. Congress needs a new dose of determination, integrity, transparency, and accountability. We need leaders who look for ideas, not make excuses for why they have none.
As a doctor, lawyer, father, and patriot, I feel compelled to step up and help solve the problems that we face as a country. I truly believe there is no limit to the great things we the people can accomplish if we are not afraid to face the problems government bureaucracy has created.
I have always confronted issues head on. I’m ready to do the same for our state and nation in Congress.
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. Jon served as a Captain in the US Army Reserve, Medical Corps for 16 years.
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 did not let this setback defeat him. His determination to help others made him look for new ways to serve. Graduating from the University of Houston Law Center, Dr. Spiers began a law career shaped by his clinical experience and insights.
Dr. Spiers currently heads the Spiers Group, a Houston-based legal practice focused on health law, policy, and biotechnology. By leveraging his clinical expertise with his legal knowledge, Dr Spiers 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. At the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Spiers serves as an advisor to the TMCx accelerator. He has also counseled state and federal leaders, as well as law enforcement agencies, on a variety of healthcare issues.
In addition to his current business endeavors, Dr. Spiers is actively involved in advising nonprofits, including sitting on the Advisory Board of HealthCorps, where he has helped mentor, promote, and expand its Texas Two-Step: Save A Life Campaign, a national program that offers free hands-only CPR training to the public. He also volunteers as a health expert and community speaker on the risks of Drugs and Alcohol to high-risk youth across the country. Dr. Spiers serves on the Wellness Committee for Combined Arms, an organization that coordinates more than 140 unique resources, nonprofit entities, and government agencies assisting veterans and their families. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 in Houston. Dr. Spiers is also a life member of the National Rifle Association, supporting their efforts to protect our second amendment rights, as well as participating in the Friends of the NRA shooting sports program.
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.
Education: Duke University
- BA Chemistry with Honors,
- Duke Varsity Football
University of Tennessee, Medical Doctor
University of Tennessee, General Surgery Residency
- Clinical and Laboratory Research
- Outstanding Clinical Professor
Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Medical Center, Cardiac Surgery
Private Practice, Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery
University of Houston Law Center, Juris Doctor
Spiers Group Healthcare Law, Policy, & Biotechnology
1985 – 2001 US Army Reserves, Medical Corps
1994 Board Certified, American Board of Surgery
1997 Board Certified, American Board of Thoracic Surgery (recert. 2007, 2017)
Bar Admissions: Texas, Southern District of Texas
Medical Licensure: Texas, Georgia, South Carolina
Selected Memberships and Causes
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians
- Member, Texas Medical Association
- Member, Harris County Medical Society
- Member, American Medical Association
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, American Health Law Association
- Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
- Member, DeBakey International Surgical Society
- Member, American Heart Association
- Advisory Board, HealthCorps
- Sponsor and Mentor, Texas Two Step CPR Campaign
- Kids' Meals
- Wellness Committee, Combined Arms
- Asst Scoutmaster, Troop 55, Boy Scouts of America
- Life Member, National Rifle Association
- Advisor, TMCx (Texas Medical Center Innovation Accerator)