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

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

4.8 out of 5 (1259 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery

Languages: Urdu, English

301-856-0477

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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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

301-856-2323

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

301-856-2323

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130 Hospital Road
Suite 101
Prince Frederick, MD, 20678

301-856-2323

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10401 Hospital Drive
Suite 101
Clinton, MD, 20735

301-856-2323

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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
    • 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 Medicare Advantage Signature and Select (aka Senior Advantage)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Network OA
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Open EPO Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Open POS II
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • 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
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • 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)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus

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Education

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)

Awards

  • 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)

Ratings and reviews

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

    4.8
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.8
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.7
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.8
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.8
  • Dec 8, 2023

    I have already recommended Dr. Sandhu to several people!

  • Dec 4, 2023

    Fantastic care

  • Dec 4, 2023

    Dr. Sandhu himself is the absolute BEST!!!