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Joseph R. O’Brien, MD

10215 Fernwood Road
Bethesda, MD


Dr. O'Brien is an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery and revision of failed spine surgery.

Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. O’Brien founded the Washington Spine and Scoliosis Institute in 2017 with other members of OrthoBethesda. He's been published in a variety of medical journals including Spine, the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine, Neurosurgery, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, and Current Orthopedic Practice. His research has been presented around the globe. 

A graduate of The George Washington School of Medicine, Dr. O’Brien completed his training at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center with a fellowship in spinal reconstructive surgery. He spent nine years at The George Washington University as an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery. He was formerly the Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at The George Washington Hospital. He sees patients in Bethesda and Arlington.

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