Dr. Mesfin A. Lemma, MD

Dr. Mesfin A. Lemma, MD

Dr. Mesfin A. Lemma, MD

Languages: English, Amharic
Fax: (443) 444-4775

Contact this Provider:

  • Spine Surgery
Conditions I Treat
  • cauda equina syndrome
  • cervical disc degeneration
  • cervical herniated disc
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • cervical spinal stenosis
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Procedures I Perform
  • artificial disc replacement surgery in the cervical spine
  • back surgery
  • cervical decompression
  • cervical laminoplasty
  • cervical laminotomy
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About the Provider

Dr. Lemma is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in the surgical treatment of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine disorders. He sees patients in Bel Air, Rosedale / White Marsh, and in Baltimore at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery seemed a natural fit to Dr. Lemma's background as a mechanical engineer. After completing his residency and fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served as division chief of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital, prior to transitioning to MedStar Orthopaedics in 2014.

Dr. Lemma's areas of intellectual interest and clinical expertise center around minimally invasive spine surgery. Using tubular retractors in lieu of traditional open surgery, state-of-the-art technologies, and computer-assisted navigation allows Dr. Lemma to deliver to his patients the best solutions with the least amount of invasion. A large portion of his practice also focuses on spinal problems in the elderly, rheumatoid arthritis of the spine, spinal deformity, and revision spinal surgery.

Dr. Lemma remains active in resident and surgeon education, and was honored to be the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award from the Johns Hopkins University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2014. He has also been involved in developing innovative spine surgical techniques and new technologies and relates his experiences to other surgeons, both from the podium as well as in smaller teaching seminars. It has been a privilege for Dr. Lemma to be listed by both U.S. News and World Report's and Castle Connolly in their lists of Top Doctors in the U.S., as well as being named among the Top 100 Spine Surgeons in the U.S. by Becker's Healthcare. He currently serves as divisoin chief of spine surgery as well as director of minimally invasive spine surgery at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital.

Read Dr. Lemma's CV.

Conditions I treat:

Mid-back (Thoracic):

Lower back (Lumbar):

Procedures I perform:
Neck (Cervical):

Mid and lower back (Thoraco-Lumbar):

  • Fellowship Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (2003)
  • Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (2002)
  • Internship Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1998)
  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1997)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
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  • 2015-2020 Baltimore Magazine Top Doctors
  • 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America
  • 2014 Teacher of the Year Award, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2014 Becker's Top Spine Surgeons in the US
  • 2011 Becker's Top 100 Spine Surgeons in the US