Akhil Jay Khanna, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: Spine Surgery

Languages: Spanish, Hindi, English

202-444-7856

About me

Jay Khanna, MD, is a board-certified, combined neurosurgical and orthopaedic fellowship-trained spine surgeon whose clinical practice is based at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, part of the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute.

In addition to his clinical and academic work, Dr. Khanna serves as Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is also the Physician Executive Director for MedStar Orthopaedic Institute which has oversight for orthopaedic surgery, spine surgery and musculoskeletal health programs at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. Through these roles, he collaborates closely with numerous excellent spine and orthopaedic surgeons to provide best-in-class care to his patients and many others in and around the Washington, D.C. region.

Dr. Khanna's clinical interests include the treatment of a wide range of spine pathologies using techniques ranging from minimally invasive spine surgery to complex spinal reconstructions. Many of the patients that he sees are first treated with non-operative measures such as medications, physical therapy and interventional pain management modalities before surgical options are considered.

In addition to the management of patients with typical degenerative conditions of the spine, Dr. Khanna has a special interest and expertise in the treatment of patients who have had prior spine surgery, require revision surgery or treatment at adjacent levels.

Although caring for patients with conditions of the spine is Dr. Khanna's primary interest, he is also actively involved in research and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on topics in spine surgery and is regarded as a leader in the field of spine surgery.

One of Dr. Khanna's greatest interests is education and he is the Co-Director of the annual American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Board Review Course which prepares orthopaedic surgeons during the months before they sit for their board and recertification examinations. He also teaches at and leads many other courses at the national level that seek to teach others both the foundations of and advanced techniques in spine surgery.

Dr. Khanna has received many awards and accolades, one of which is recognition by Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review as one of the nation's Top 50 spine surgeons and specialists. 

Dr. Khanna is a native of the Washington, D.C. region and obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a dual-trained spine surgeon with background and expertise in both neurosurgical and orthopaedic spine surgery. Dr. Khanna's orthopedic surgery residency training was completed at Johns Hopkins and his spine surgery fellowship was at the Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute in the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Adolescent Scoliosis
  • Anterior Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Spine Surgery
  • Back Injury
  • Back Surgery
  • Burst Fracture
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Fracture
  • Cervical Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Injury
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression Fracture Surgery
  • Degenerative Joint Disease Of The Spine
  • Direct Lateral Approach
  • Disc Surgery
  • Endplate Fracture
  • Foot Drop
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Malunion Fracture Of The Spine
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • MyelitisMyelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Navigation Spine Surgery
  • Neck Injury
  • Nerve Compression Of The Cervical Spine
  • Nerve Compression Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Neural Foraminal Stenosis
  • Nonunion Fracture Of The Spine
  • Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Vertebral Column Resection
  • Radiculopathy
  • Smith Petersen Osteotomy
  • Spinal Cyst
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Spine Osteotomy
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Surgery
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Transpsoas Approach
  • Vertebral Fracture
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Absent Vertebrae
  • Adolescent Scoliosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Atlantoaxial Rotary Subluxation
  • Back Injury
  • Bulging Disc
  • Burst Fracture
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Fracture
  • Cervical Spine Injury
  • Cervical Spine Mass
  • Cervical Spine Stress Fracture
  • Cervical Spine Tumor
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Compression Fracture
  • Congenital Malformation Of The Spine
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease Of The Spine
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Endplate Fracture
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Foot Drop
  • Forestiers Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Infantile Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Klippel Feil Syndrome
  • Kyphosis
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Injury
  • Lumbar Spine Stress Fracture
  • Lumbar Spine Tumor
  • Lumbar Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar Spondylosis
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Malunion Fracture Of The Spine
  • Meningioma Of The Spine
  • MyelitisMyelopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Arthritis
  • Neck Injury
  • Nerve Compression Of The Cervical Spine
  • Nerve Compression Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Nerve Compression Of The Thoracic Spine
  • Neural Foraminal Stenosis
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Nonunion Fracture Of The Spine
  • Odontoid Fractures
  • Post Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Scheuermanns Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cyst
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Arthritis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Injury
  • Spine Mass
  • Spine Osteoarthritis
  • Spine Tumor
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Sports Related Cervical Spine Injury
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Injury
  • Thoracic Spine Tumor
  • Thoracic Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral Fracture
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Procedures I perform

  • Anterior Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Spine Fusion
  • Anterior Spine Surgery
  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Cervical Spine Revision
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Compression Fracture Surgery
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Direct Lateral Approach
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion Acdf
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laser Spine Surgery
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgery Of The Cervical Spine
  • Microsurgery Of The Lumbar Spine
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Navigation Spine Surgery
  • Non Invasive Scoliosis Treatment
  • Occipito Cervical Fusion
  • Pedicle Subtraction Osteotomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy And Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Posterior Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Vertebral Column Resection
  • Prone Transpsoas Ptp Technique
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Smith Petersen Osteotomy
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Stenosis Surgery
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Osteotomy
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Revision
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Surgery For Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spine Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Three Column Osteotomy
  • Transpsoas Approach
  • Transthoracic Discectomy
  • Tubular Discectomy
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Column Resection
  • Vertebroplasty
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Practice locations

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6858 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA, 22101

703-288-6945

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Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
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Washington, DC, 20007

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Insurance

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

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Graduate Education: Johns Hopkins University (2008)

Fellowship Program: Cleveland Clinic Hospital (2004)

Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (2003)

Residency Program: Johns Hopkins Hospital (1998)

Internship Program: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (1996)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (1995)

Awards

    • Named in 50 of the Best Spine Specialists in America, Becker’s Orthopaedic and Spine Review
    • 2015 - 2021  Top Doctor Award, Washingtonian Magazine