John Lynes, MD| Spine Surgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery | MedStar Health
John Lynes

John Lynes, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (41 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery

Languages: English

202-444-7333

About me

 A  dual fellowship-trained physician, Dr. Lynes’ compassionate, patient-centered philosophy informs every aspect of his practice. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Society for Neuro-Oncology, and Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer. Dr. Lynes has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and presentations at national professional conferences on various topics within neurosurgery.

Understanding patients, their lives, and how their disease affects the way they live and want to live are central to Dr. Lynes’ work as a neurosurgeon. This human-centered approach is foundational to how he tailors treatment plans for each individual patient. Dr. Lynes, who is the first person in his family to go into medicine, chose to specialize in neurosurgical oncology because he has experienced for himself the fear and anxiety neuro-oncology patients and their families go through. “My connection to what I do is personal and it informs the way I work with patients, how I feel about their outcomes, and what their experience is like under my care. It’s something I take great pride in,” Dr. Lynes explains. “I’m invested in my patients and how they are doing long after I’ve treated them,” he adds. “The nature of neuro-oncology is that a person may never require surgery, but that doesn’t mean I don’t do everything in my power to make sure they get the right care by the right people. My goal is not to find people that need surgery, but to find the right care for people.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Herniated Disc
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumor
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Aqueductal Stenosis
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Brain
  • Brachial Nerve Tumors
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Central Nervous System Tumors
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Facial Pain
  • Facial Spasm
  • Foot Drop
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Leptomeningeal Disease
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Malignant Brain Neoplasm
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Brain Stem
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of The Spinal Cord
  • Meningioma
  • Meningioma Of The Spine
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Neoplasm Of Brain Stem
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuronal Glial Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Peripheral Nerve Tumors
  • Pineal Tumor
  • Primary Brain Tumor
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Skull Base Tumor
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Tumor
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
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Procedures I perform

  • Acoustic Neuroma Removal
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Lumbar Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Biopsy Of Brain
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Chiari Decompression
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Diskectomy
  • Endoscopic Neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgery
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Occipito Cervical Fusion
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Ventriculostomy
  • Vertebroplasty
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Practice locations

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

202-444-4972

Fax 202-444-7333

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130 Hospital Road
Suite 101
Prince Frederick, MD, 20678

301-856-2323

Fax 855-385-5335

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12825 Minnieville Road
Suite 202
Woodbridge, VA, 22192

703-523-9875

Fax 855-702-6920

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

Education

Fellowship Program: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (2022)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2021)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2015)

Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science (2014)

Ratings and reviews

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

    4.9
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.9
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.9
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.9
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    5.0
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • Mar 22, 2024

    Dr. Lynes was professional, knowledgeable and appropriately concerned about my condition. He explained all facets of care, including PT, Meds and surgery. I felt well informed on each. He provided his expert opinion and all the possible treatments. I am very happy with his demeanor and advice. I felt I was able to make a much more intelligent and informed decision based on our discussions.

  • Mar 8, 2024

    Excellent neurologist.

  • Jan 22, 2024

    My physician actually listened to my concerns and made eye contact during my visit rather than typing on a computer, which I really appreciated as a patient!