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Joseph O'Brien

Spinal Surgery


Downtown DC 2150 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Washington, DC 20037 Directions →

Hospital Affiliations

George Washington University Hospital

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Special interests in Scoliosis, Disc Replacement (lumbar and Cervical), Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Correcting Failed Surgery.

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Joseph O'Brien, MD, is the associate director of Spine Surgery at The GW Medical Faculty Associates and an associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery at The GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and is a fellow in the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. He completed his spine surgical training at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.

Dr. O'Brien actively pursues research in ways to improve spine surgery and techniques to salvage failed spine surgery. He has been published in a variety of medical journals includingSpine, the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine, Neurosurgery, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Current Orthopaedic Practice. His research has been presented around the globe with between 10-20 research presentations on a national level per year.

He offers expertise in minimally invasive surgery, disc replacement (cervical and lumbar) and revision of failed spine surgery. In particular, he has an interest in failed cervical spine surgery. Additionally, Dr. O'Brien is dedicated to teaching resident surgeons, medical students and other spine surgeons.


Medical Education: The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Residencies: University of Maryland
Fellowships: Johns Hopkins University
Board Certifications: Orthopaedic Surgery

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