W. James Pettit, MD

My Philosophy and Approach to Wellness...

As a 40-year resident of Northern Virginia, I have seen the Washington D.C. area transform from a relatively small, tranquil place to a sprawling regional metropolis that is seemingly always on the go. In this fast-paced environment, the challenge to stay healthy can seem daunting, and all too often, our commitment to health becomes a lower priority.

As your MDVIP-affiliated family medicine physician, I hope to provide a haven where we can slow down the hectic pace for a bit and get back to how medicine used to be practiced - focused on you and your unique needs. Whether you are looking to prevent future illness or receive care for acute or chronic problems, I will bring my knowledge, experience and insight together in a caring and compassionate environment where your health is elevated to the highest priority.

In addition to providing internal medicine and pediatric care, my special interests include asthma and allergies, dermatology, sports medicine, travel and preventive medicine. I see members' children up to age 26.

My primary care practice is located in the Springfield, Virginia area just off I-495 and draws patients throughout Northern Virginia, including Franconia, Kingstowne, Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax, as well as Maryland and the District of Columbia. I am affiliated with INOVA Alexandria Hospital and was named to the Best Doctors in America® 2014 list.

Physician Profile


Amherst College
Amherst, MA
Bachelor of Arts, American Studies 1982
Medical School
Jefferson Medical College
Philadelphia PA
Doctorate of Medicine 1997
INOVA Fairfax Hospital
Falls Church, VA
Medical College of Virginia
Fairfax, VA
Family Practice 1997-2000



Professional Society Memberships

American Academy of Family Physicians

Hospital Affiliations

INOVA Alexandria Hospital


Sports medicine, preventive medicine, dermatology, flexible sigmoidoscopy
Basketball, hiking, gardening, history

Honors and Awards

Best Doctors in America® 2014

Patient Testimonials

  • Member: Renita

    Dr. Pettit has taken care of my family for years. Not only is he a great doctor he also displays sincere concern about our wellne...

  • Member: Yndira

    Dr Pettit is one of the nicest caring doctors I know. As a nurse, I am surrounded by doctors daily. Most do not show the care that...

  • Member: Dexter

    I have known Dr. Pettit for more than 14 years. Throughout my service in the military and a short tour in Germany. He has always...