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

4.7 out of 5 (725 reviews)

Specialities: 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
  • Parkinsons 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
  • Meningioma
  • Moyamoya
  • Parkinsons Disease Pd
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Prolactinoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumor
  • Trigeminal Neuropathy
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Procedures I perform

  • Deep Brain Stimulation
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Practice locations

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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

301-856-2323

Fax 855-385-5335

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130 Hospital Road
Prince Frederick, MD, 20678

301-856-2323

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

202-877-5026

Fax 202-877-5551

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10401 Hospital Drive
Clinton, MD, 20735

301-856-2323

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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 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

  • <p><img class="size-full wp-image-703795 alignright" src="https://ct1.medstarhealth.org/content/uploads/2016/11/Signature_MD-2.jpg" alt="" width="123" height="150" />Listed in "<em>Washingtonian</em> Top Doctors"</p><p>Listed in "Best Doctors"</p><p>Listed in Strathmore's Who's Who</p><p>Listed in "America's Top Surgeons"</p><p>Doctor of Medicine Degree with Honors (U of R, 1995)</p><p>Bryce Collier Prize for Exceptional Responsibility and Devotion to Patient Care (U of R, 1995)</p><p>Robert Kates Award for Outstanding Clinical and Research Work (U of R, 1995)</p><p>Wallace O. Fenn Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis (U of R, 1994)</p><p>Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (U of R, 1994)</p>

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.7
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.8
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.6
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.6
  • Provider showed respect

    4.8
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.7
  • Aug 30, 2021

    I have already recommended this team to a friend who has been experiencing similar back Issues.

  • Aug 30, 2021

    Would recommend Dr Sandhu to anyone needing spinal surgery

  • Aug 6, 2021

    I had a great experience. Dr. Sandhu is highly knowledgeable, compassionate, and has a pleasant personality. He took time to get to know my history and answered all my questions. This is exactly what I needed. All staff were also helpful and friendly. Very please with my visit.