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John E. Spieker, M.D., F.A.C.S

Dr. Spieker

A native of northern New Jersey, Dr. Spieker attended Rutgers University from 1971–1975. He graduated with highest honors from the New Jersey College of Agriculture and Environmental Science in 1975. After earning his degree from Rutgers, he attended graduate school at Columbia University.  In 1977, he was awarded an MA in organic chemistry and pursued a job opportunity with Merck and Company in Rahway, New Jersey.

Soon afterwards, Dr. Spieker received confirmation of his acceptance to medical school at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. He helped finance medical school by working part time as a chemist for Merck and Company. Dr. Spieker graduated from medical school in 1981. He completed a one-year General Surgery internship at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, in 1982.

For his four years of orthopedic training, Dr. Spieker attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. His hospital rotations included Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for pediatric orthopedics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for orthopedic oncology, and NYU Medical Center for prosthetics and orthotics. After completing his Residency, he spent several months in Salt Lake City, Utah for additional training in SportsMedicine. Dr. Spieker accepted a position with Bradford Orthopedics in Dover, Delaware in 1986.

A nationally ranked runner while in college, Dr. Spieker became determined to develop a training center for local athletes in central Delaware. He founded the Sports Performance Center in Dover in conjunction with a staff of two exercise physiologists and a registered dietitian. Through 1992, the facility offered rigorous, supervised training programs for top local high school and college athletes.  Dr. Spieker was also a fitness consultant to the Delware State Police Academy though 1993.  The staff also provided continuing education seminars and lectures for area coaches and athletic trainers. Dr. Spieker continues to give lectures and write articles on fitness and athletic training. He is an avid cyclist and has competed on a National level in Master's races.

After six years in Dover, Dr. Spieker was recruited by Beebe Medical Center to establish an office in Lewes. He is now on full-staff at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, in addition to the Beebe Outpatient Center, Dr. Spieker lectures to nursing students and has established an intern program for local high school students. He cofounded the Lewes Surgery Center in 2005 and peforms the majority of his outpatient cases at the center.

In 2013, Dr. Spieker completed his training in Medical Acupuncture, a specialty he has been interested in since 1972. He pursued additional training in 2014 through the Helms Medical Institute, a division of UCLA. Dr. Spieker is one of a handful of physicians who have training in Orthopedics and Acupuncture in the country.  In 2015, Dr. Spieker successfully met the Board Requirements to become a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (DABMA).

Dr. Spieker and his wife, Kerry, were married in 1988. They have three children. Besides his bicycle racing, his other hobbies include motorcycle off road adventure touring. He has traveled extensively throught the desert Southwest in addition to trips to South America.

Dr. Spieker was featured in the Winter 1996 and 2013 editions of the Beacon, a magazine of health information published by Beebe Medical Center.

Dr. Spieker was named several times as a Top Doctor by Delaware Today Magazine. The doctors were the most recommended by their professional peers, as determined by a Delaware Today Magazine survey of licensed physicians in Delaware.


  • Board Certified 1988
  • Recertification 1998, 2008
  • Full-staff, Bayhealth Medical Center, Kent General Hospital 1986–1992
  • Consulting staff Bayhealth Medical Center, Kent General Hospital 1992–1999
  • Full-staff Bayhealth Medical Center, Milford Memorial Hospital 1988–1996
  • Consulting staff Bayhealth Medical Center, Milford Memorial Hospital 1996–1999
  • Full-staff Central Delaware Surgery Center 1990–1999
  • Chief of Orthopedics Bayhealth Medical Center, Kent GeneralHospital 1991–1992
  • Director Medical Services, Delaware First State Games 1988
  • Governor's Counsel for Lifestyles and Fitness 1988–1990
  • Delaware Today Magazine "Top Doc" Orthopedic Surgery 1996, 2011
  • Beebe Medical Center Strategic Planning Committee 2000–2002
  • Assistant Chief of Surgery 2000–2002
  • Cofounder, Lewes Surgery Center 2006
  • Medcial Director Lewes Surgery Center 2008-2010
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (DABMA) 2015