Dr. Joseph O'Brien, MD

Dr. Joseph O'Brien, MD

Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 44
Dr. Joseph O'Brien, MD is a minimally invasive orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Bethesda, MD and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from The George Washington University School Of Medicine & Health Sciences in 2001 and specializes in minimally invasive orthopedic spine surgery, orthopedic surgery, and more.Read his story

10215 Fernwood Rd Ste 506

Bethesda, MD 20817

Contact Information

(301) 530-1010

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
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very high
more than 98% of peers
Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 93% of peers
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more than 93% of peers

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Dr. O'Brien's bio

This content was provided by Dr. O'Brien "Dr. Joseph O'Brien is a specialist in minimally invasive spine surgery. He spent 9 years at GWU as an associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurological Surgery. Additionally, he was formerly the Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at The GW Hospital. 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 Spine Arthroplasty Society. He completed his spine surgical training at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. O'Brien "When recommending surgery to a person, it's important to consider what you would want if the roles were reversed." As a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. O'Brien treats patients in need of spine surgery, or those who have had surgery that was not effective.

"My training at Johns Hopkins prepared me to help those who have complex cases. At this point, I've refined what I learned at Hopkins to be minimally invasive too."

9  Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Physician Specialties*

41  Conditions Treated

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17  Procedures

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Vanderbilt University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • The George Washington University School Of Medicine & Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • University Of Maryland School Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2002
  • University Of Maryland
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Johns Hopkins University / School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. O'Brien has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. O'Brien's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. O'Brien to family and friends
20 total reviews (8 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

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Dr. O'Brien's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (8)

Dr. O'Brien lied about what he was going to do in the OR. He did an approach which has caused nerve damage and he has hurt me and left me in tremendous pain. He could care less now that he was paid for the surgery. Other opinions confirm that what O'Brien did was wrong. Plus he does not want to...more
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Doctor Joseph O Brien did a fabulous Cervical discectomy and. Fusion on my 4567 his expertise caring kindness patience and willingness to share information was incredible I will certainly be using him for other spinal issues He visited and spoke to me on 3 ocassions also answered my emails...more
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Dr. O'brien listened, understood how complicated my history was (3 prior back surgeries for the same herniated disc), reviewed my entire chart that I brought, copied all the documents he needed and also the discs. He took a non traditional approach; going through my stomach which is non...more
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As far as I am concerned Dr. O'Brien is a professional that knows exactly what he is doing. I feel extremely safe in his hands and value his opinion about my wellness. He has performed surgeries on me that has truly taken myself from pain to no pain
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Went to Dr O'Brien suffering from herniated disk in lower back, causing extreme pain in left leg and buttocks. I drive cement-mixer and the pills and injections were no longer working. Dr O'Brien reviewed MRI and told me how he could solve this problem. After getting 2nd opinion and a lot of...more
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