Addisu Mesfin, MD| Spine Surgery | MedStar Health

Addisu Mesfin, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.6 out of 5 (121 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery

Languages: English

202-877-6602

About me

Dr. Mesfin is an experienced fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon.   He is also the Vice Chair of Research for the Medstar Orthopaedic Institute in the Washington DC region.   He was formerly a Professor of Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Chief of Spine Surgery at the University of Rochester in New York.    He completed his Orthopaedic Residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and his Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery training at the Washington Univeristy in St. Louis.

He has served in committee and leadership roles in several organizations including: Cervical Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, American Orthopaedic Association, J Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society.   

He is a member of AO Spine Oncology Knowledge Forum and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor medical society.   

He has been honored as a recepient of competitive and prestigious awards including he American Orthopaedic Association-American British Canadian Traveling Fellowship, Cervical Spine Research Society Traveling Fellowship and Scoliosis Research Society Traveling Fellowship. 

His areas of special interest, expertise, and research include:

  • Benign and malignant primary spine tumors and metastatic spine disease
  • Adult scoliosis/Kyphosis
  • Spinal stenosis/Disc herniations
  • Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL)
  • Spine trauma
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Cervical disc replacement and laminoplasty

An active and widely published researcher, he has published more than 200 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Neurosurgery Spine, Spine, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He has also been an invited lecturer in more than 15 countries.   He has been awarded grant support for his research focusing on spine surgery outcomes.

The focus of Dr. Mesfin’s approach to caring for patients includes educating patients and their families about their diagnoses and options using the latest research so they can be partners in decisions about their care. Before recommending surgery, he exhausts all other treatment options. Dr. Mesfin is fluent in English, French, and Amharic.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps in the U.S. and Afghanistan (as a member of a Forward Surgical Team), reaching the rank of major.

When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, long distance running, and tennis.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Lumbar Spine
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Revision
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Absent Vertebrae
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Fracture
  • Coccyx Fracture
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Compression Fracture
  • Congenital Malformation Of The Spine
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spine Stress Fracture
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesions
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Meningioma Of The Spine
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Arthritis
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Post Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Scheuermann's Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Arthritis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Osteoarthritis
  • Spine Tumor
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Tarlov Cyst
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Spine
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
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Procedures I perform

  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Lumbar Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Cervical Spine Revision
  • Cervical Spine Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Cordotomy
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Epidural Injection
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Growing Rods
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Interspinous Device Placement
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Occipito Cervical Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy And Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Tethering For Scoliosis
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Revision
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Surgery For Sciatica
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Stapling
  • Vertebroplasty
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Silver Spring, MD, 20902

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Insurance

MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO

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Education

Fellowship Program: Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital (2012)

Residency Program: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2011)

Medical School: Drexel University (2006)

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.7
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.7
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.6
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.6
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.6
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.6
  • Nov 27, 2023

    I was not seen by the doctor today and he never called either

  • Nov 16, 2023

    Well explained

  • Nov 15, 2023

    Dr Mesfin was very Good and very informative