Dr. Oliver Tannous, MD

Dr. Oliver Tannous, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
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Dr. Oliver Tannous, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Washington, DC. He has been practicing for 7 years. Read his story

106 Irving St NW Ste 5000

Washington, DC 20010

Contact Information

(202) 877-6000

Insurance Accepted

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • 8 More

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Chronic Neck Pain
more than 81% of peers
Low Back Pain
more than 78% of peers
Back Pain
more than 73% of peers

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Dr. Tannous' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Tannous "Dr. Tannous completed his undergraduate studies in neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University. He then received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery. Prior to joining MedStar, he completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of California San Diego, a leading center for minimally invasive and complex spine surgery. His early interests in mechanics and how things are built, coupled with a degree in neuroscience, fueled his decision to become an orthopaedic spine specialist."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Tannous "Becoming involved in the care of someone's health is a privilege. I treat all of my patients in the same way that I would treat my family members - with compassion and respect.  

When nonoperative methods fail and surgery becomes necessary, I spend a lot of time with my patients, ensuring that they fully understand the surgical process. I follow them very closely while they are in the hospital, and guide them throughout the recovery process so they can get back to a healthier life as soon as possible. I feel proud when my patients tell me that they would recommend me to their family members for care."



  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications

Dr. Tannous does not have any board certifications listed.


Conditions Treated

  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Ataxia
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Compressed Spinal Cord
  • Compression Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tuberculosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Adult Scoliosis Correction
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (ALIF)
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Failed Back Surgery Revision
  • Joint Drainage
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Kyphosis Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for District of Columbia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Emory University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Univ Of MD Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 2010
  • R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Ctr
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2015
  • University Of Maryland Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2015
  • University Of California San Diego Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2016

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Tannous has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Tannous has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Tannous' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Tannous to family and friends
based on 32 total reviews (21 with comments)
Dr. Tannous' 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 (21)
Washington, DC |
DR TANNOUS did a outstanding job and that i feel great if there come a time that i need treament of this kind or other similar i would want DR TANNOUS to perform whatever thats needed and also i like to complement his wonderful staff that assisted him on my recovery and given the comfort that i needed thankyou all
Washington, DC |
I would definitely recommend Dr. Tannous to my family and friends he is a excellent Doctor that really cares about his patients. DR. Tannous and his staff did a great job on relieving my pain and assisting me with advice and therapy to progress my treatment
in Washington, DC |
Dr. Tannous was a delight. He spent a great deal of time with me, answered all of my questions and was very personable. He made sure I understood my condition and was very reassuring when I needed it. Pam was also AMAZING!
in Ashburn, VA |
I absolutely love this doctor. He is very professional, caring, and attentive. I am so lucky and blessed to have him perform my spinal fusion surgery with success. I feel very comfortable talking to him and telling him all my health issues. He has only been helpful and friendly. I also love his assistant as well. Everyone here is very nice and funny.
in Washington, DC |
Great "bedside manners"... Yes, I am old school and was frighten and he made me feel comfortable and that he actually cared. Not herded in and out like cattle in some of the offices here.
in Bethesda, MD |
I would highly recommend Dr. Tannous to my family and friends. He very friendly and courteous. Every time I had an appointment with him he tried to help me. I am very happy that I have his as my doctor.
Washington, DC |
He was very warm and made eye contact; didn't rush through the exam like most doctors.
in Washington, DC |
Dr. Tannous was very friendly and knowledgable. He took the time to go through all of my x-rays and explain what he was seeing and what it meant. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family.
Washington, DC |
office was incredibly efficient. all the staff were quick and friendly. lots of really great women who are making him look good.
in Washington, DC |
Thank you dr. Tannous for all you doing for me. You are very professional and kind and good doctor
Washington, DC |
He cares about his patients and he does whatever it takes to go the treatment you need.
Washington, DC |
amazing responsiveess and kind concern
Silver Spring, MD |
conservative approach, excellent listener, knowledgeable and through
Washington, DC |
Dr. Tannous was very friendly and had a welcoming and feel comfortable attitude.
Washington, DC |
Dr. Tannous was very professional and helpful.
Washington, DC |
Very informed and helpful.
Washington, DC |
I beleave that this man is a very very good Doctor
in Washington, DC |
Excellent doctor. He is patient, kind, and caring. Just what a patient wants from a doctor. He answered all my questions. Took time to demonstrate with a visual spine. Explained and discussed my xrays and a previous MRI. Recommended several treatment options. MEDSTAR should have more doctors like Dr.Tannous
Washington, DC |
Good bedside manner. Thorough. Seemed to understand my issues.
Washington, DC |
Dr. Tannus takes time out to explain his findings thoroughly he eplains everything for you to understand. He makes recommendations and ask if you are ok with them because he wants you the patient to be comfortable. He also made sure that I understand exactly where I was with my problem and the best plan of action to deal with it. If it did not work I am able to come back and explore other options. I would highly recommend him to anyone with back problems.
in San Diego, CA |
Dr. Tannous is currently attending to my wife's health concerns [CM]. In addition to being a very smart, knowledgeable, and highly skilled health professional, he is a beautiful soul. He is attentive, kind, patient, very approachable and credible. He is not too much older than our son.
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Dr. Tannous accepts 17 insurance carriers
  • AARP
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • American Republic
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Health Net
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medicaid
  • Memorial Hermann Physician Network
  • Moda Health
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • POMCO Group
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Tannous has admitting privileges

Medstar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving St NW
Washington, DC 20010
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