Parag Bhanot, MD| General Surgery | MedStar Health

Parag Bhanot, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (689 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
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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
    • 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)
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • 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
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Navigate
    • 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
    • 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
    • Beech Street PPO
    • 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
    • Aetna Open Choice (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
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • 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 of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


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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  • Apr 24, 2024

    Dr Bhanot was outstanding

  • Apr 3, 2024

    Dr was knowledgeable and explained everything in a clear manner. Great bedside manners

  • Jan 23, 2024

    Dr. Bhanot was very approachable and engaged. I was extremely impressed with his expertise and bedside manner.