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David A. Hanscom, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon
Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
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.
Field of Study
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Medical School
Sacred Heart Medical Center
Internal Medicine
John H. Moe Spinal Deformity, Minneapolis, Minnesota
UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
Orthopedic Trauma
University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
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.
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Surgery, Orthopedic
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal vertebrae
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • back fracture
  • back surgery
  • cerebral palsy
  • cervical arthritis
  • cervical disc disease
  • cervical disc herniation
  • cervical laminoplasty
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • cervical spinal fusion
  • cervical spinal stenosis
  • chondroma
  • chondromalacia
  • coccyx injury
  • decompression laminectomy
  • degenerative spine conditions
  • disc surgery
  • discoid meniscus
  • diskectomy
  • herniated disc
  • kyphoplasty
  • kyphosis
  • laminectomy
  • laminoplasty
  • late effect of spinal cord injury
  • lateral collateral ligament tear
  • low back surgery
  • lower back injuries
  • lower back pain
  • lumbar puncture
  • lumbar spine fusion
  • lumbosacral plexus lesion
  • lumbosacral radiculopathy
  • minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • neck fracture
  • neck injury
  • scoliosis
  • scoliosis surgery
  • spasticity
  • 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
David A. Hanscom
David A. Hanscom, M.D.
What are the different types of surgical treatments for spine deformities?
What are the surgical indications for adults with spine deformities?
Blog Posts
By: David Alfred Hanscom, MD
Sunday, 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.

By: David Alfred Hanscom, MD
Sunday, 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.


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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4.3 out of 5 (51 Ratings, 15 Comments)


I saw Dr. Hanscom for a second opinion after a total fusion of my spine (with protruding rods) He is great; a surgeon who focuses on the whole person and complementary therapies before moving to surgery. He was fully present, answered all my questions and gave good information, not to mention giving me the book he wrote about pain management plus the STOMP book. He exhibited concern and friendliness in a personal way, without the "authority-subservient" approach. I value him very much. And he referred me to the pain center for follow-up.

Assisted me with input I had not been able to get from other providers for past three years. This was a major turn in my life.

Extremely knowledgeable about the issue.

The problem is that he was NOT listening to me or my husband. He just assumes that I am there because of pain & that I want surgery. This is not true!! Mobility is my #1 problem and "falls" are a big big problem!! I have fallen and broken many bones & some have resulted in surgery. Do I need to fall & break my neck to get some help?! It was awful when Dr Hanscom did speak on something. He spoke right past me and through me, talking to his "fellow" and the transcription person. I could even see an alarmed look on "his fellow" as if he was concerned for me.

This physician is extremely busy and sees patients on a limited basis. It took me a month and a half to get an appointment. I called and left messages. Talked with various people on the phone with no effect. Finally someone called me and set up the first visit. I feel I should not be ignored for so long in both the waiting room and then in the exam rooms. Only to have fleeting visits from the person I was supposedly scheduled to see.

Since we consulted on the phone, versus in person, due to his departure to the OR, I don't think I had the consult I was hoping for...especially after having to wait several months to get in to him. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him, but our conversation left me confused about how to proceed, next steps etc.

Provider did not seem to think my problem started with a heavy handed physical therapist [...] but I know it did.

The best!

it's almost like he had his answer prepared & ready before I asked it. I do not feel there was any thought given whatsoever as to what could be causing my pain or making my knee/leg buckle. Everything was about his book. very frustrating!!

doctor has not spent as much time with me as I would expect with surgery.

I'm sure he's a good surgeon, just not good with people skills.

the very best treatment

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.
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