About Us

District Spine

District Spine helps people suffering from back and neck pain, degenerative spinal diseases, and spinal trauma get their life back through comprehensive treatment. Led by Dr. Hamid Hassanzadeh, District Spine offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments for spinal conditions.

Since it is a part of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Washington D.C., the District Spine team can bring in specialists to help with the custom care plan for each individual while still providing a personal experience.

Dr. Hassanzadeh

Dr. Hassanzadeh began his training at the University of Hamburg School of Medicine in Hamburg, Germany and completed residencies at both Westküstenklinikum Heide and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a spine surgery fellow at the Rush University Hospital and a pediatric spine surgery fellow Shriners Hospital, Dr. Hassanzadeh was exposed to a broad range of spinal conditions and treatments.

Hamid Hassanzadeh, M.D. is currently the Pradham Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins NCR as well as lead surgeon at District Spine.

What Makes
Dr. Hassanzadeh Different

Over the course of his career, he has developed specializations in treating back and neck pain due to degenerative disk disease, spinal deformities like scoliosis,spinal infections and spinal trauma. He is an experienced surgeon for complex spinal surgeries and procedures, including minimally invasive disk replacement and spinal fusions.

Dr. Hassanzadeh’s top priority is his patients long term success. He is known for his involved and personable approach and takes a comprehensive approach to care.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Scoliosis research Society Traveling Fellow (2020)
  • Best Doctors in America® List (2019 – 2020)
  • Scoliosis Research Society Edgar G. Dawson Travelling Fellowship (2015)
  • University of Hamburg Research Scholarship (2003)
  • Committee Member of the Scoliosis Research Society
  • Member of the American Orthopaedic Association’s Emerging Leaders program
  • Member of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery
  • Member of the North American Spine Society
  • Member of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member of the German Medical Association

Hear from Happy Patients

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“I was slumped over 180 degrees and after three surgeries with Dr.Hassanzadeh, I’m standing taller than I have in 40 years. He gave me my life back.”


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“After 3 surgeries over five years and suffering from excruciating pain, I can now do 8 kilometers on a stationary bike in under 20 minutes.”


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“Dr. Hassenzadeh has brought my pain level down to almost zero!”



An Expert in his Field

Dr. Hassenzadeh is a faculty surgeon in Johns Hopkins’ orthopedic department and is an internationally known spinal surgeon specializing in spine conditions and disorders.

No Spinal Surgery Too Complicated

District Spine offers comprehensive and tailored treatments for every unique spinal condition. Dr. Hassanzadeh works to decrease the invasiveness of each surgery and seeks alternatives to surgery whenever possible. .

An Associate of Johns Hopkins

As an associate of Johns Hopkins, Dr. Hassanzadeh can offer the capabilities of aworld-renowned hospital system while offering a boutique, hands on experience.