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

John Lynes, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialities: 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 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 Neuropathy
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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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130 Hospital Road
Suite 101
Prince Frederick, MD, 20678


Fax 301-856-9370

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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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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 Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • Network OA
    • Tricare Standard
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • 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
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • 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)
    • Optimum Choice
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • 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 USAccess (POS)
    • 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)