Spine surgeon leader to know: Dr. David Hanscom of Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Spine Leaders

David Hanscom, MD, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon at Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle.

Dr. Hanscom is an orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in complex spine surgery. He is experienced in treating adult and pediatric spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis, and he performs surgery on patients who have had multiple prior spine surgeries.


He is the founder of the Direct your Own Care project, a structured rehabilitation protocol for chronic pain. He also founded the Puget Sound Spine Society in 1987, a non-profit educational group which provides a regional forum for physicians to share insights on optimal spine care.


Dr. Hanscom received his medical degree from Loma Linda (Calif.) University School of Medicine. He underwent orthopedic trauma fellowship training at University of California Davis in Sacramento. He also completed fellowship training in spine deformity at Minneapolis-based Twin Cities Scoliosis Center. Dr. Hanscom is currently the co-director of the Swedish Neuroscience Specialists spine fellowship.


In addition to practicing spine surgery, Dr. Hanscom is also the best-selling author of Back in Control: A Surgeon's Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain. He is a frequent television and radio program guest and has spoken at medical conferences around the world. He enjoys snow skiing, golf, weight training and bird watching.


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