Faheem Akram Sandhu, MD| Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery | MedStar Health
Faheem Akram Sandhu

Faheem Akram Sandhu, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (1413 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery

Languages: Urdu, English


About me

Faheem Sandhu, MD, PhD, is director of Spine Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and professor of Neurological Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery. Dr. Sandhu is an innovator in the field and holds several patents. His practice includes all areas of spine conditions: degenerative, deformity, tumor, and trauma. He has special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery and applying these techniques to all aspects of spinal surgery as well as disc arthroplasty and disorders of the craniocervical junction.

Dr. Sandhu's extensive surgical experience includes performing more than 6,000 procedures. He finds great satisfaction in helping people live pain free and resume a normal life. Using the newest minimally invasive techniques enables him to provide relief for people who previously might not have been good candidates for spine surgery, such as older or obese individuals.

Dr. Sandhu graduated with honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he earned the Robert Kates Award for outstanding clinical and research work. He completed a doctorate in biochemistry as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Dr. Sandhu completed his residency in neurological surgery at MedStar Georgetown, followed by a fellowship in minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery at the University of Chicago Hospital.

Dr. Sandhu has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented his research at major meetings in the U.S. and abroad. He regularly teaches courses on techniques of minimally invasive spine surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

When he's not working, Dr. Sandhu enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and three children.

Read more about Dr. Sandhu's background and accomplishments.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Aneurysm
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Herniated Disc
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumor
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acromegaly
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Berry Aneurysm
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Facial Spasm
  • Glioma
  • Herniated Disc
  • Malignant Brain Neoplasm
  • Meningioma
  • Moyamoya
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Primary Brain Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumor
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
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Procedures I perform

  • Deep Brain Stimulation
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Fl Neurosurgery
Washington, DC, 20007


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130 Hospital Road
Suite 101
Prince Frederick, MD, 20678


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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


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10401 Hospital Drive
Suite 101
Clinton, MD, 20735


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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
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Kaiser Select
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Aetna HMO
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Virginia Premier
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Kaiser Signature
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • United Choice Plus
    • Tricare East Select
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Cigna EPO
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • D-SNP)
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • United Choice
    • I-SNP
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Beech Street PPO
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • United Student Resources
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • United Golden Rule
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • United Navigate
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA



Board Certification: American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery

Fellowship Program: University of Chicago Medical Center (2003)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2002)

Internship Program: DC General Hospital (1996)

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine (1995)


  • Listed in "Washingtonian Top Doctors"
  • Listed in "Best Doctors"
  • Listed in Strathmore's Who's Who
  • Listed in "America's Top Surgeons"
  • Doctor of Medicine Degree with Honors (U of R, 1995)
  • Bryce Collier Prize for Exceptional Responsibility and Devotion to Patient Care (U of R, 1995)
  • Robert Kates Award for Outstanding Clinical and Research Work (U of R, 1995)
  • Wallace O. Fenn Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis (U of R, 1994)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (U of R, 1994)

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  • May 28, 2024

    Dr. Sandhu is excellent in all respects and I have recommended him and will continue to do so.

  • May 22, 2024

    Excellent experience

  • May 13, 2024

    Dr. Sandhu is a wonderful doctor. He provides professional advice warm care. He always listened to my health concerns. He tries to give you a scenario of what to look for or questions on improving overall health. Dr. Sandhu always has a positive attitude and good impact upon success and helps the people.