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

John Lynes, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (34 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery, Brain and Tumor Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery

Languages: English


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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7503 Surratts Road
Clinton, MD, 20735


Fax 301-856-5619

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


Fax 202-877-5551

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130 Hospital Road
Suite 101
Prince Frederick, MD, 20678


Fax 301-856-9370

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


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

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  • Nov 27, 2023

    Dr Lynes was AWESOME!

  • Nov 10, 2023

    Incredible overall experience for a situation I couldn't have anticipated or expected.

  • Jul 14, 2023

    Awesome experience many thanks to Dr. Lynes.