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.
  • Orthopedics
  • Spine Surgery
Education Background
Medical School: Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Residency: Sacred Heart Medical Center
Fellowship: John H. Moe Spinal Deformity, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Fellowship: UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • English

Care Locations

Accepting New Patients
Accepting Children
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.


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.

4.7 out of 5 (63 Ratings, 16 Comments)


He is very valuable for someone with a lot of pain problems. Most drs treat a specific body part and you are on your own Dr hanscom is looking and caring about all of me, joint, nerve pain - the whole deal - that doesn't have a lot of solutions and has ideas to help me get thru this life with this broken down body. He is unique and needs to be appreciated.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Hanscom is a compassionate, physician who cares deeply about the well-fair of his patients. He took time to explain a surgery procedure, and reviewed my CT results with me. Would have liked to have a few more minutes to firm-up the plan overall - but I was too tired from long wait in waiting room before exam.
Swedish Patient

I didn't feel that Dr. Hanscom evaluated my situation from a post partum perspective. His program (DOCO) for chronic pain patients is impressive, however, I left feeling that he didn't take the time to understand my injury or condition outside of his framework for treating patients (via cognitive behavior therapy, etc). I'm willing to give him another try. Perhaps it was the timing of our appointment (at the end of the day).
Swedish Patient

Dr. Hanscom spoke very rapidly with a speech impediment which made it difficult to understand him. His attitude was rushed, condescending and dismissive. I am extremely dissatisfied with the care I received and if I could figure out a way to get a refund, I would.
Swedish Patient

I have recommended him to several people
Swedish Patient

Dr. Hanscom is awesome!
Swedish Patient

I feel very fortunate to have found this physician, and trust his ability and judgement. Very caring and compassionate, knowledge is current and broad. Thank-you Dr. Hanscom!
Swedish Patient

He is stuck on the idea that everyone is like him (an "A" type personality) and doing the things in his book his way will cure "everyone". I'm sorry but the process in his book is not a new concept and for those of us who "do not" hold our emotions in or our childhood fears, they do not necessarily work...and it (being anything from back pain to kidney infections, headaches, tachycardia...etc.) are not all in our heads! and to imply that it is, is insulting and demeaning. And because I don't agree he will not help work with me.
Swedish Patient

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