Parag Bhanot, MD| General Surgery | MedStar Health

Parag Bhanot, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (659 reviews)

Specialties: General Surgery

Languages: English

(877) 376-2418

About me

Parag Bhanot, MD, FACS, holds a dual academic appointment as Professor of Surgery and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Bhanot received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine (2000) and completed his internship and residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (2005). He then completed a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (2006).

Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the MedStar Georgetown Center for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and Hernia Surgery. The Center uses a multi-disciplinary team approach to address the most complicated abdominal wall issues. It is recognized for its excellence in patient care, education, and research. Dr. Bhanot is also the Chair of the Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Conference ( held annually in Washington, D.C.

His research interests include clinical outcomes research in general surgery, with a focus in hernia surgery. He has published a number of manuscripts and book chapters on these topics, including co-editing his own textbook. Dr. Bhanot also serves as a journal reviewer for general and plastic surgery. He currently serves on a number of hospital committees.

Dr. Bhanot is recognized as a national expert on abdominal wall reconstruction and has participated as faculty in over 100 national presentations, lectures, and instructional courses.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Wall Defect
  • Anal Cancer
  • Appendiceal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Mass
  • Biliary Colic
  • Cholecystitis
  • Epigastric Hernia
  • Femoral Hernia
  • Fistula Enterocutaneous
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Stromal Tumors
  • Hernia
  • Incarcerated Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Internal Hernia
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Rectus Sheath Hernia
  • Recurrent Femoral Hernia
  • Recurrent Hernia
  • Reducible Hernia
  • Richter Hernia
  • Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Spigelian Hernia
  • Stomach Fistula
  • Stomal Hernia
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Components Separation
  • Da Vinci
  • Da Vinci Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
  • Hernia Repair
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Recurrent Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Treatment Of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Umbilical Herniorrhaphy
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lysis Of Adhesions
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Repair Of Paracolostomy Hernia
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Practice locations

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6862 Elm Street
Suite 800B
McLean, VA, 22101


Fax 877-376-2418

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 4th Fl
Washington, DC, 20007


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


Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Fellowship: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (2006)

Residency: University of Cincinnati Medical Center (2005)

Medical School: George Washington University Department of Internal Medicine (2000)


  • Washingtonian TOP DOCTORS 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Northern Virginia TOP DOCS 2020, 2021

News and publications

1. Georgetown Star, September 2017
"First Robotic Hernia Repair Performed at MedStar Georgetown

1. Masden D, Felder JM, Lorio ML, Bhanot P, Attinger CE. Abdominal wall reconstruction with implantable meshes. J Long Term Eff Med Implants. 2011;21: 25-50.

2. Patel KM, Albino FP, Nahabadien MY, Bhanot P. Indications and outcomes following complex abdominal reconstruction with component separation combined with Strattice reinforcement. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Oct;69(4):394-8.

3. Patel KM, Bhanot P. Complications of acellular dermal matrices in abdominal wall reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Nov;130(5 Suppl 2):216s-24s.

4. Patel KM, Nahabadien MY, Albino F, Bhanot P. The use of porcine acellular dermal matrix in a bridge technique for complex abdominal wall reconstruction: an outcome analysis. Am J Surg. 2013 Feb;205(2): 209-12.

5. Franklin B, Patel KM, Nahabadien MY, Bhanot P. Predicting abdominal wall closure in complex ventral hernias: Maximizing the utility of preoperative computed tomography. Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Sep;71(3):261-5.

6. McLeod RS, Brenneman FD, Rotstein OD, Bhanot P. Does the size of the stitch length affect surgical site infection? J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Sep;217(3):556-9.

7. Patel KM, Nahabadien MY, Bhanot P. Critical analysis of strattice performance in abdominal wall reconstruction: Intermediate risk patients and early complications. Int Surg 2013 Oct-Dec;98(4):379-84.

8. Albino FP, Patel KM, Nahabadien MY, Sosin M, Attinger CE, Bhanot, P. Does mesh location in abdominal wall reconstruction? A systematic review of the literature and a summary of recommendations. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Nov;132(5):1295-304.

9. Patel KM, Bhanot P, Franklin B, Albino F, Nahabadien MY. The use of intraoperative indocyanin-green angiography to minimize wound healing complications in abdominal wall reconstruction. J Plast Hand Surg. 2013 Dec;47(6):476-80.

10. Bhanot P, Franklin B, Patel KM. A single surgeon using Proceed mesh for laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. JSLS. 2013 Dec;17(4):565-69.

11. Sosin M, Patel KM, Albino F, Nahabadien MY, Bhanot P. A patient-centered appraisal of outcomes following abdominal wall reconstruction: A systematic review of the current literature. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Feb;133(2):408-18.

12. Albino F, Patel KM, Albino F, Nahabadien MY, Bhanot P. Immediate, Multi-staged Approach to Infected Synthetic Mesh: Outcomes Following Abdominal Wall Reconstruction with Porcine Acellular Dermal Matrix. Ann Plast Surg. 2014. March 21.

13. Sosin M, Patel KM, Nahabadien MY, Bhanot P. Patient-Centered Outcomes Following Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature. Am J Surg. 2014 Oct;208(4):677-84.

14. King K, Albino F, Bhanot P. Biological Meshes in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. Chronic Wound Care Management and Research. 2014 Nov (1): 57-65.

15. Bambi R, Bhanot P. A Laparoscopic Extraperitoneal Approach to an Incisional and Inguinal Hernia Repair: A Case Report. SM Surgery Journal. 2015 Oct.

16. Sosin M, Nahabadien MY, Bhanot P. The Perfect Plane: A Systematic Review of Mesh Location and Outcomes, Update 2018. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018

17. Nahabadien MY, Sosin M, Bhanot P. A Current Review of Biologic Meshes in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018

18. Shao JM, Bhanot P. Academic Perspective on the Clinical Application of Novel Predictive Risk Factor for Recurrence in Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair. Ann Laparosc Endosc Surg 2018;3:30.

19. Shao JM, Alimi YA, Conroy D, Bhanot P.  Outcomes Using Indocyanine Green Angiography with Perforator-sparing Component Separation Technique for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.  Surg Endosc. 2020 May;34(5):2227-2236. doi: 10.1007/s00464-019-07012-5. Epub 2019 Jul 24.PMID: 31342259

20.Shao JM, Alimi Y, Houlihan BK, Fabrizio A, Bayasi M, Bhanot P.  The Incidence of Incisional Hernias after Major Abdominal Operations: An analysis of a Large Healthcare System Database of 15 years.  J Surg Res 2020 May;249:130-137. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2019.12.016. Epub 2020 Jan 11.PMID: 31935568

21.Alimi Y, Merle C, Sosin M, Mahan M, Bhanot P.  Mesh and Plane Selection: A summary of Options and Outcomes.  Plast Aesthet Res. 2020;7.5.

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  • Nov 28, 2023

    Very thorough exam and explanation

  • Oct 24, 2023

    Hands down would recommend

  • Aug 23, 2023