Hamid Hassanzadeh, M.D.

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  • Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery at NCR
  • Professor (PAR) of Orthopaedic Surgery

Languages: English, Farsi, German


Back and Neck, Back Injuries, Back Pain, Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease, Cervical Degenerative Disc Herniation, Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Myelopathy, Cervical Radiculopathy, Cervical Spine Deformity, Cervical Spine Disease, Cervical Spine Revision Surgery, Cervical Spine Trauma, Cervical Spondylosis, Complex Cervical Spine Reconstruction Surgery, Complex Spinal Reconstructions, Congenital Spine Disorders, Deformity Spine Surgery, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spine Disease, Disc Pain, Herniated Disc, Kyphosis, Lumbar Degenerative Disease, Lumbar Disc Herniation, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Lumbar Spine Diseases, Metastatic Spine Tumor, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Pain, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, Pediatric Spinal Cord Tumors, Pediatric Spinal Deformity, Revision Spinal Surgery, Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Spine Surgery, Scoliosis, Spinal Deformities, Spinal Disorders, Spinal Fixation, Spinal Fusion, Spinal Instability, Spinal Pain, Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Trauma, Spinal Tumors, Spine, Spine and Spinal Deformities, Spine Surgery, Spine Tumors, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Thoracic Disc Herniation, Thoracic Spine Surgery, Traumatic and Non-traumatic Spinal Cord Injury ...read more

Research Interests

improving outcomes of spinal surgeries in adult and elderly patients; motion preservation; outcomes after minimally invasive procedures ...read more

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Appointment Phone: 240-762-5100
6420 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817
Fax: 410-367-2237
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Sibley Memorial Hospital

Appointment Phone: 240-762-5100
5255 Loughboro Road NW
Washington, DC 20016
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Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - Odenton

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
1106 Annapolis Road
Suite 280
Odenton, MD 21113
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Hamid Hassanzadeh, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spine conditions and disorders. He treats patients with back and neck pain due to degenerative disk disease, complex and simple spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis, spinal infections, spinal tumors and spinal trauma. He is experienced in a variety of spine procedures, including minimally invasive and robotic spine surgery and disk replacement.

A Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and division chief of Johns Hopkins orthopaedic surgery in the National Capital Region, Dr. Hassanzadeh came to Johns Hopkins from the University of Virginia, where he was a tenured associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, director of the spine surgery fellowship, co-director of the UVA Spine Center and director of spine research. 

Dr. Hassanzadeh received his medical degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany, followed by a two-year neurosurgery residency at Westküstenklinikum Heide. He went on to complete his orthopaedic internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, followed by a spine surgery fellowship at Rush University Medical Center and a pediatric spine surgery fellowship at Shriners Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

In addition to treating patients, Dr. Hassanzadeh is dedicated to educating the next generation of orthopaedic spine specialists. He accomplished this in his previous role as director of a spine surgery fellowship, as a mentor to several postdoctoral fellows, as an instructor of multiple national and international training courses, and as an author of numerous talks and research publications.

Dr. Hassanzadeh’s research interests include improving outcomes of spinal surgeries in adult and elderly patients, motion preservation, and outcomes after minimally invasive procedures. He is an award-winning researcher, has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and 40 textbook chapters and presented in many conferences and invited talks in the U.S. and internationally. His clinical care excellence earned him a spot on the Best Doctors in America list in 2019–20.

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  • Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery at NCR
  • Johns Hopkins Spine Surgery Fellowship Co-Director
  • Professor (PAR) of Orthopaedic Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; University of Hamburg (2005)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2013)
  • Neurosurgery; Westkuestenklinikum Heide (2008)


  • Spine; Rush Medical Center Chicago (2014)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) (2016)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Hassanzadeh H, Bell J, Bhatia M, Puvanesarajah V. Incidental Durotomy In Lumbar Spine Surgery: Risk Factors, Complications, and Perioperative Management. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2020; In Press.

Passias PG, Brown A, Alas H, Bortz CA, Pierce KE, Hassanzadeh H, Labaran L, Puvanesarajah V, Vasquez-Montes D, Wang E, Ihejirika RC, Diebo BG, Lafage V, Lafage R, Sciubba D, Janjua MB, Protopsaltis T, Buckland A, Gerling M, A cost benefit analysis of increasing surgical technology in lumbar spine fusion. Spine J. 2020; In Press.

Bell J, Vatani J, Raad M, Labaran L, Puvanesarajah V, Hassanzadeh H. Clostridium Difficile Infection Following Spine Surgery: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Association with Preoperative Antibiotic Use. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2020; In press.

Jain N, Labaran L, Phillips F, Khan S, Jain A, Kebaish K, Hassanzadeh H. Prevalence of Osteoporosis Treatment and Its Effect on Post-operative Complications, Revision Surgery and Costs After Multi-level Spinal Fusion. Global Spine J. 2020; In press.

Harris AB, Zhang B, Marrache M, Puvanesarajah V, Raad M, Hassanzadeh H, Bicket M, Jain A. Chronic Opioid Use Following Lumbar Discectomy: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Current Trends in the United States. Neurospine. May 2020; In Press.

Activities & Honors


  • Top Doctor Award, Washingtonian Magazine, 2023
  • John H. Moe Award for Best Basic Research E-Poster, 51st SRS Annual Meeting 2016, 2016
  • Whitecloud Award Nominee, IMAST 2016, 2016
  • Top 10 Spine Poster and Highlight Poster of American Poster Tour, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting 2016, 2016
  • Scoliosis Research Society Edgar G. Dawson Travelling Fellowship 2015, 2015
  • NASS Best Poster Presentation, North American Spine Society, Annual Meeting, 2015


  • SKK Steering committee, 2019
  • AAOS Fellowship Education Coalition, 2019
  • The American Orthopaedic Association’s Emerging Leaders Program, 2015
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Candidate Member, 2015
  • International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), Member, 2015
  • ISASS – Publications Committee, 2015
  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society (VOS), Member, 2014
  • MTF Board of trustees, Alternate Representative, 2014
  • North American Spine Society (NASS), Member, 2009
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Fellow, 2008
  • German Medical Association (Deutsche Ärztekammer), Member, 2006

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Navigation in Cervical Spine Surgery
    Talk, 26th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), Amsterdam, Netherland (07/19/2019)
  • Sacropelvic Fixation: Open an MIS
    Talk, 17th Annual Symposium “State of Spine Surgery - A Think Tank”, Aruba (06/29/2019)
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery in Elderly Patients
    Talk, Johns Hopkins University (11/12/2020)
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • How Pre-Op Planning, Navigation, and Robotic Guidance are 01/24/2020 Changing Spine Surgery
    Talk, Spine: Base to Summit, Vail, CO (01/24/2020)
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery in Elderly Patients
    Talk, New York University/Hospital for Joint Diseases (08/02/2019)
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
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