Biography & Education

I am an orthopedic spine surgeon who specializes in complex spinal surgery. I perform operations for scoliosis, kyphosis, and spondylolisthesis in adults and children. I also deal with fractures, infections, tumors, and patients who have had prior failed spine surgery. Over my more than 25 years of practice I have learned that only identifiable structural problems with matching symptoms respond to surgery. Structured rehabilitation adds tremendous value to spine care and can often help patients completely avoid surgical intervention. I have been instrumental in assembling a strong team with a wide depth of experience to minimize your pain and maximize your function.
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Recorded CME Conferences

A New Definition of Conservative Care
April 3, 2009

Awareness – Portal to Managing Stress
April 3, 2009

Medical Contribution to the Creation of Disability
April 3, 2009

Surgical Treatment of Axial Low Back Pain: State of the Union
November 20, 2008

The Present: Review of Surgical Treatment of Common Spine Problems – Who Makes a Good Candidate for Surgery
September 30, 2005

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
Education Background
Medical School Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Residency Internal Medicine Internship & Residency - Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA and Orthopedic Residency, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
Fellowship Orthopedic Trauma, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA and John H. Moe Spinal Deformity Fellowship, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • English
Personal Interests
In the process of working with my patients who have chronic pain, I have discovered that stress is a significant factor which aggravates pain. I have been active in developing stress management strategies to present both in and out of my practice. My hobbies include snow skiing, golf, weight training, bird watching, and attempting to learn Italian.

Care Locations

Accepted Insurances
  • Aetna Preferred
  • Cigna
  • Equicor
  • First Choice (CIGNA)
  • John Hancock
  • Labor & Industries
  • Network Health
  • Network Management
  • Prudential
  • Pru-Net PPO
  • Retail Clerks
  • Uniform Medical Plan (WA St Health)
  • Washington Physician Services
  • Champus/Tricare (Health Net Federal Services)
  • Premera Blue Cross/Health Plus
  • Regence Selections
  • Regence Traditional - Boeing
Accepted Payment Methods
Medicare, Bill Insurance, VISA, Master Card, Cash, Check
Accepting Medicaid




Garland D, Hanscom DA, Keenan M, Smith C, Moore, T. Resection of heterotopic ossification in the adult with head trauma. J Bone and Joint Surg1985; 67A: 1261 –1269.

Hanscom DA. Acute management of the multiply injured head trauma patient. J head Trauma Rehab 1987; 2:1-12.

Hanscom DA, Bloom BA. The spine in osteogenesis imperfecta. Orthop Clin of North Am 1988; 19(2): 446-458.

Hanscom DA, Winter R, Lutter L, Lonstein JE, Bloom BA, Bradford D. Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Radiographic classification, natural history, and treatment of spine deformities. J Bone and Joint Surg 1991; 74A: 598-616. 

Cameron DE, Hanscom DA, Herring S. Rapid development of a spinal synovial cysts. Spine 1992; 17:1528-1530.

Carpenter C, Dietz J, Hanscom DA, Leung KYK, Wagner T. Repair of a Pseudarthrosis of the Lumbar Spine: A functional Outcome Study. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1996; 78-A: 712-720.

Hanscom DA, Jex R. Sleep Disorders, Depression and Musculoskeletal Pain. SpineLine September/October 2001; 56-58.

Robinson J, Ricketts D, Hanscom DA. Musculoskeletal Pain. The Paths of Pain 2005; IASP Press, Seattle: 353-366.

Knight RZ, Schwaegler P, Hanscom DA, Roh J. Direct lateral lumbar interbody fusion for degenerative conditions: early complication profile. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2009; Feb;22(1):34-7.

Guyer RD, Shellock J, MacLennan B, Hanscom DA, Knight RQ, McCombe P, Jacobs J, Urban RM, Bradford D, Ohnmeiss DD. Early failure of metal-on-metal artificial disc prostheses associated with lymphocytic reaction: diagnosis and treatment experience in four cases. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2011; 36(7):E492-7.

Hussain N, Hanscom DA, Oskouian R. Chyloretropertoneum following anterior spinal surgery: report of 4 cases. Accepted for publication 2012.


Hanscom, DA; Sinter, R; Lutter; Lonstein, J; Bradford, D: Spinal deformity in osteogenesis imperfecta: Natural history and treatment. Orthop. Trans 11(1):120, 1987.


“The Cry of Chronic Pain-No One is Listening”. WSMA Preceptor, pp. 1-2, 3rd quarter, 2011.

“Back from the Edge: Coping with Physician Stress”. The Doctor’s Advocate, 4th quarter, 2011.

“Defining Solutions for Workers’ Comp: Ability and Motivation”. American Chronic Pain Association Chronicle, March 2012.

“A Surgeons’ Perspective on the Hoffman Process”. Staying Connected, March 2012.

“Physician Suicide: My Journey”. SpineLine, p. 42, November/ December, 2011.


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Your Unconscious Brain Deals with Stress

March 29, 2015

Your unconscious brain processes data at an estimated one million times per second than your conscious brain and it evolved around avoiding anxiety. Every second of your body’s existence revolves around minimizing it regardless of what action is required. Lack of air, food, water, protection, and shelter all elicit a strong response, as well as many other lesser stresses. The chemical link is adrenaline and cortisol. They affect every one of the over 50 trillion cells in your body.

"Boy" Bullied - Do You Really Believe We are All Created Equal?

December 14, 2014
I was surprised to find out that one of my female patients was actually a male. Not exactly. She had Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS). She was severely bullied, which is a common theme amongst my patients. Here is story.


  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Back/Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Problems/Proc.
  • Cervical/Lumbar Degen. Disorders
  • Disc Problems
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Trauma/Disease
  • Neck Injuries
  • Scoliosis - Adult/Pediatric
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spine Center
  • Spine Surgeons
  • Spine Surgeons
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Trauma/Disease


Patient Ratings and Comments
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The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.3 out of 5 (85 Ratings, 20 Comments)


Doctor is very compassionate and skilled. My MRI revealed too much pathology for less-invasive approaches - The news to me was that I require more invasive surgery than first thought. The news was delivered with concern and a positive outlook. The attitudes of Dr. and staff helped me regain my hope for some type of relief and healing regardless...
Swedish Patient

Dr. Hanscom is an exceptional surgeon and person. I have learned a great deal from him to help me with any thing that might create pain - ways to manage pain. [...] Should I require any other spine surgery I would want him for it.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Hanscom seems more rushed lately and less willing to listen and consider other possibilities for my symptoms.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Hanscom and his staff are the best :)
Swedish Patient

Very pleased with my doctor and the outcome of my surgery. Excellent care...
Swedish Patient

It was a pleasure to meet with Dr Hanscom - superior patient centered care.
Swedish Patient

I had 3 back surgeries before seeing *Dr. Hanscom fixed the mess up and I am doing great.
Swedish Patient

I have tremendous respect for *Dr. Hanscom and his skills.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Hanscom spent a lot of time with me but it felt like he had a formula for dealing with cases like mine and he just fit me into the formula. I still don't understand exactly what is wrong with my back and I don't understand why his diagnosis was different than what I received previously.
Swedish Patient

I have faith that he knows what he's doing BUT he rushed through his recommendations with me & instead, sent me home with his reading materials. Now the reading materials were excellent but I would have liked more personal time.
Swedish Patient

The understanding of my medical issues, and specializes in concern about my issues.
Swedish Patient

Only spent approx. 5 mins. with *Dr. Hanscom. Paid for a doctor but received 90% of care from a nurse. Walked out of both visits with more questions than answers.
Swedish Patient

It took almost 3 weeks for *Dr. Hanscom's office to send my report to my PCP. It held up my treatment/X rays & PT recommended and negated the 4 wk return visit he wanted.
Swedish Patient

[...] he could have shown more compassion and listened/asked questions. I felt totally disconnected...
Swedish Patient

*Dr. Hanscom is very good, I am already giving recommendations.
Swedish Patient

Insufficient time to talk about my list of questions.
Swedish Patient

*Dr. Hanscom is an outstanding orthopedic surgeon. I'm been in his care 20+ years!
Swedish Patient

Dr. spent half hour on phone... 2nd opinion - I was so impressed I asked him to do my surgery. I was pleased with his skill & my recovery.
Swedish Patient

My confidence in *Dr. Hanscom is extremely high - I trust him w/my life!
Swedish Patient

All care providers have been very kind & thorough.
Swedish Patient