David Alfred Hanscom, MD

  • Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedics
Accepting New Patients
550 17th Ave.
James Tower, 5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 320-2800
(206) 320-5250

General Information

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 , Internal Medicine
Fellowship: John H. Moe Spinal Deformity, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Fellowship: UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA , Orthopedic Trauma
Residency: University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, Orthopedic
  • English
Personal Interests
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.




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 Experience

  • Orthopedics
  • Spine Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal neuroimaging
  • abnormal vertebrae
  • abnormalities of the arms
  • abnormalities of the hips
  • abnormalities of the legs
  • achilles tendon repair
  • achilles tendonitis
  • acl injuries
  • acl repair
  • ankle arthritis
  • ankle dislocation
  • ankle impingement
  • ankle injury
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • anterior cruciate ligament
  • anterior cruciate ligament repair revision
  • anterior tibial tendon rupture
  • arm arthritis
  • arm fracture
  • arm injury
  • arm mass
  • arm pain
  • arthralgia
  • arthritis
  • arthroscopy
  • autologous chondrocyte implantation
  • back fracture
  • back muscle injury
  • back surgery
  • bicep injury
  • bicep tear
  • biceps tendonitis
  • bone density
  • bone disorders
  • bone growth stimulator
  • bone mass
  • broken coccyx
  • buckle fracture
  • bulging disc
  • bursitis
  • calf muscle injury
  • cartilage injury
  • cerebral palsy
  • cervical arthritis
  • cervical disc disease
  • cervical disc herniation
  • cervical laminoplasty
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • cervical spinal fusion
  • cervical spinal stenosis
  • chondroma
  • chondromalacia
  • clavicle
  • clavicle fracture
  • clicking elbow
  • clicking shoulder
  • coccyx injury
  • compartment syndrome
  • compound fracture
  • compression fracture
  • cordotomy
  • cortisone injection
  • cubital tunnel syndrome
  • decompression laminectomy
  • degenerative spine conditions
  • delayed union
  • disc surgery
  • discoid meniscus
  • diskectomy
  • dislocated knee
  • elbow dislocation
  • elbow fracture
  • elbow injection
  • elbow injury
  • elbow pain
  • elbow sprain
  • facet injection
  • facet pain
  • femur fracture
  • fibulectomy
  • finger dislocation
  • foot pain
  • fracture
  • fracture of ankle
  • fracture of fibula
  • fracture of finger
  • fracture of forearm
  • fracture of leg
  • fracture of tibia
  • fracture of wrist
  • fractures
  • frozen joint
  • frozen shoulder
  • fusion of joint
  • galeazzi fracture
  • gastrocnemius injury
  • gluteal injury
  • gonarthrosis
  • growth plate fracture
  • growth plate injury
  • hallux rigidus
  • hallux varus
  • hamstring injury
  • hemarthrosis
  • herniated disc
  • hip dislocation
  • hip dysplasia
  • hip fracture
  • hip labral tear
  • hip pain
  • hip pain, under age 60
  • hip rotator cuff
  • hip rotator cuff repair
  • hip rotator cuff tear
  • hydrorhachis
  • hyperhidrosis
  • iliotibial band
  • infantile idiopathic scoliosis
  • infectious arthritis
  • injury of muscle
  • injury to hand
  • injury to the hip
  • insufficiency fracture
  • intraspinal abscess
  • joint disorder
  • joint effusion
  • joint injection
  • joint sprain
  • joint swelling
  • joint warmth
  • knee injuries
  • knee pain
  • knee pain for patients aged younger than 60
  • knee surgery
  • knock knee deformity
  • kyphoplasty
  • kyphosis
  • laminectomy
  • laminoplasty
  • late effect of spinal cord injury
  • lateral collateral ligament tear
  • leg injury
  • leg mass
  • leg pain
  • ligament injury
  • limb length difference
  • lordosis
  • low back surgery
  • lower back injuries
  • lower back pain
  • lumbar puncture
  • lumbar spine fusion
  • lumbosacral plexus lesion
  • lumbosacral radiculopathy
  • malunion fracture
  • medial collateral ligament injury of the knee
  • median nerve entrapment at elbow
  • meniscus injury
  • minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • muscle spasticity
  • muscle strain
  • muscle tears
  • myelopathy surgery
  • neck fracture
  • neck injury
  • neurogenic claudication
  • non-displaced fracture
  • nonoperative management of fracture
  • non-union fracture
  • olecranon bursitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteochondral allograft
  • osteochondral autograft
  • osteochondroma
  • osteochrondial defect
  • osteolysis
  • osteomyelitis
  • osteonecrosis
  • partial hip replacement
  • patellar tendinitis
  • patellar tendon repair
  • pathological fracture
  • pelvis injury
  • periprosthetic femur fracture
  • periprosthetic humerus fracture
  • peroneal tendon surgery
  • peroneal tendon tear
  • popliteal cyst
  • posterior cruciate ligament
  • posterior cruciate ligament repair
  • posterior cruciate ligament tear
  • posterior tibial tendon rupture
  • post-laminectomy kyphosis
  • post-laminectomy syndrome
  • pump bump
  • quadricep injury
  • radial head subluxation
  • rami fracture
  • rib fracture
  • rickets
  • rotator cuff
  • rotator cuff impingement
  • rotator cuff injury
  • rotator cuff repair
  • rupture of achilles tendon
  • ruptured intervertebral disc
  • sacroiliac joint fusion
  • sacroiliac steroid injection
  • sacroiliitis
  • scheurmanns disease
  • sciatica
  • scoliosis
  • scoliosis surgery
  • separated shoulder
  • sequestrectomy
  • shoulder dislocation
  • shoulder injury
  • shoulder pain
  • shoulder strain
  • spina bifida
  • spinal abscess
  • spinal cord anomaly
  • spinal cord compression
  • spinal cord diseases
  • spinal cord injury
  • spinal fracture
  • spinal fusion
  • spinal instrumentation
  • spinal stenosis
  • spine arthritis
  • spine deformities
  • spine fracture
  • spine injuries
  • spine stapling
  • spondylectomy
  • spondyloarthropathy
  • spondylolisthesis
  • spondylosis
  • spondylosyndesis
  • sprain
  • sternal clavicular joint dislocation
  • stress fractures
  • tarlov cysts
  • tendon injury
  • tendonitis
  • tennis elbow
  • tenodesis
  • tethered spinal cord
  • thoracic disc herniation
  • thoracoscopy
  • thumb fracture
  • tibial torsion
  • toe amputation
  • toe fracture
  • torn ligament
  • torn meniscus
  • torn meniscus repair
  • ulnar collateral ligament repair
  • ultrasound steroid injection of the spine
  • vascular malformations of the spine
  • vertebral epiphysitis
  • vertebral fracture
  • vertebroplasty
  • wrist arthritis
  • wrist pain
  • wrist sprain


Patient Ratings and Comments

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 out of 5 (38 Ratings, 6 Comments)


I had read his book (Back in Control) and done some of the book's recommendations, so I knew some of the methodology.

I have complete trust in Dr. Hansom and look forward to working with him in future apps and possible surgery. He came very highly recommended and I can see why.

Am very fortunate to be working with Dr. Hanscom.

He had 0 bedside manner - He was very arrogant - He was only self serving his agenda & promoting his STUPID book that he WAS convinced applied to every person in front of him.

Although I'm sure Dr Hanscom is an expert in his field, it is clear he has a focus on chronic pain and i believe he sees all patients through that lens. I am getting a second opinion from another surgeon. I also felt talked-over, frustrated, and belittled during my visit.

Dr. Hanscom is one of the best Doctors I have met. Things would improve in his clinic if all the providers, bio feedback, counseling and other providers were in one place. Some are not covered by my insurance others are hard to get appointments with or hard to get to..
550 17th Ave.
James Tower, 5th Floor
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 320-5250
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