Paul L. Asdourian, MD| Spine Surgery | MedStar Health

Paul L. Asdourian, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (692 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery

Languages: English

(410) 554-2917

About me

Dr. Asdourian,  is an orthopaedic spine surgeon trained in reconstructive spinal surgery. His expertise is in the treatment of adult spinal deformity, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease. For more than 34 years, Dr. Asdourian has utilized state-of-the-art techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of failed cervical and lumbar decompressions and fusions. Dr. Asdourian was a key investigator in cervical artificial disc replacements. He has pioneered the use of robotic spine surgery in the MedStar system. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society, the Scoliosis Research Society and the North American Spine Society. He is a member and former President of the Maryland Orthopaedic Society. He currently serves as the Orthopaedic Medical Director of the Medstar Medical Group.

Read Dr. Asdourian's CV

Dr. Asdourian has repeatedly been named a Baltimore Magazine "Top Doc" for orthopaedic spinal surgery, most recently in 2023.

His special interests include the treatment of adult spinal deformity, spinal tumors and infections, spondylolisthesis, cervical and lumbar herniated discs, cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis. He uses state-of-the-art robotic navigation technology to treat these spinal disorders.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Revision
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cervical Bone Spur
  • Cervical Compression Fracture
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Displacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Cervical Spine Fracture
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Compression Fracture
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Foot Drop
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lower Back Injury
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spine Stress Fracture
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesions
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Arthritis
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Post Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Scheuermann's Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
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Procedures I perform

  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Biological Enhancement Of Spine Fusions
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Cervical Spine Revision
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Facet Surgery
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Interspinous Device Placement
  • Laminectomy
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Laminoplasty
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Partial Lumbar Discectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy And Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Fusion, Without Instrumentation
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy With Instrumentation And Fusion
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Revision
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Surgery For Sciatica
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Vertebrae Surgery
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3333 North Calvert Street
Suite 655
Baltimore, MD, 21218


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1420 Key Highway
Floor 2
Baltimore, MD, 21230


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163 Thomas Johnson Drive
Suite E
Frederick, MD, 21702


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2118 Greenspring Drive
Suite 110
Timonium, MD, 21093


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



Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship Program: St. Lukes Medical Center - IL (1987)

Residency Program: Boston Medical Center (1986)

Internship Program: Lenox Hill Hospital (1982)

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical Center at Syracuse (1981)


  • Baltimore Magazine Top Doc, 2023, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Ratings and reviews

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

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  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • Mar 20, 2024

    Although the news was not what I hoped for, Dr. Asdourian was very thorough regarding the exam, explaining my condition, and discussion of options. I was Impressed and felt he was concerned for me and my condition.

  • Mar 18, 2024

    I love Dr. Asdourian. He is a wonderful Doctor.

  • Feb 12, 2024

    Dr. Asdourian was so professional, listened to my concerns, discussed/showed up (both myself & my husband) x-rays, did a thorough physical assessment regarding my back pain, and discussed the path forward. Extremely helpful! Excellent physician! Thank you!