Sam W. Wiesel, MD| Spine Surgery | MedStar Health
Sam W. Wiesel

Sam W. Wiesel, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (372 reviews)

Specialties: Spine Surgery

Languages: English

(202) 444-7856

About me

Dr. Wiesel is chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University, and a professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine, a position he's held since 1989. He specializes in treating patients with spinal conditions affecting the neck and lower back.

In addition to patient care, Dr. Wiesel is heavily involved in training the next generation of orthopaedic specialists through his academic and clinical appointments, earning many recognitions for his teaching abilities along the way. He is equally committed to advancing the field through his work with major peer-reviewed publications and professional medical societies. Chief among them are his longstanding positions as Editor-in-Chief, Seminars in Spine Surgery, (Saunders); Executive Editor, The Back Letter (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins); and Member, Board of Editors, Spine. Most recently, Dr. Wiesel served as senior editor for the second edition of Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, a four-volume instructional manual released in 2016.

An active researcher, Dr. Wiesel has presented at many national and international conferences, and published widely with many academic articles, books and chapters to his credit.

Dr. Wiesel's Philosophy of Care
Throughout my career, I have focused on treating my patients as if they were members of my family. No matter what type of spinal disorder someone may have, my mission is always the same: Isolate the the problem, find the right diagnosis, and then come up with the most appropriate therapy to fix it. While surgery may be the ultimate answer, I always try the most conservative approach first.
 

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
  • Absent Vertebrae
  • 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
  • Coccyx Fracture
  • Coccyx Injury
  • Complex Spine Deformities
  • Compression Fracture
  • Congenital Malformation Of The Spine
  • Congenital Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spine Conditions
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Flatback Syndrome Post Harrington Rods
  • Foot Drag
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Junctional Kyphosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Scoliosis
  • Lumbar Spine Stress Fracture
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesions
  • Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
  • Meningioma Of The Spine
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Arthritis
  • Neurogenic Claudication
  • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
  • Post Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Scheuermann's Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Schwannoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Arthritis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Osteoarthritis
  • Spine Tumor
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Tarlov Cyst
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Spine
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
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Procedures I perform

  • Anterior Vertebral Body Tethering
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Cervical Spine
  • Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery In The Lumbar Spine
  • Back Surgery
  • Cervical Decompression
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Laminotomy
  • Cervical Spine Fusion
  • Cervical Spine Revision
  • Cervical Spine Steroid Injection
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Cordotomy
  • Craniocervical Junction Surgery
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Disc Arthroplasty
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Epidural Injection
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion
  • Facet Injection
  • Facet Surgery
  • Growing Rods
  • Instrumented Anterior Cervical Discectomy, Fusion (ACDF)
  • Interspinous Device Placement
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Access Spine Surgery
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Occipito Cervical Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy And Fusion
  • Posterior Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Sacroiliac Joint Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Sacroiliac Joint Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Abscess Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Surgery
  • Spinal Cyst Removal
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Tethering For Scoliosis
  • Spine Deformity Correction Surgery
  • Spine Fusion
  • Spine Microsurgery
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Revision
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondylosis Surgery
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Surgery For Sciatica
  • Thoracic Laminectomy
  • Thoracic Spine Fusion
  • Vertebrae Surgery
  • Vertebral Stapling
  • Vertebroplasty
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Practice locations

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

202-444-8766

Fax 202-444-7804

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Insurance

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 Open Choice (PPO)
    • 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)
    • 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
    • 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
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • 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
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • 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
    • 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
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • 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
    • 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

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Residency Program: University of Pennsylvania Hospitals (1976)

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ()

Awards

  • Volvo Award Acromed Award Outstanding Clinical Paper, The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine AOA Honor Medical Society, Georgetown

News and publications

  • Book - 07/31/2015 - Wiesel, S.W.:Operative Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery (Four Volume). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2015.

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.7
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.8
  • Care provider’s discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.7
  • Care provider’s efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.5
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.7
  • May 21, 2024

    Dr Sam Wiesel was very efficient, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, & skilled

  • Apr 24, 2024

    Dr W is very thorough and patient oriented in approach

  • Apr 21, 2024

    Dr. Sam is a compassionate, competent physician who listens to all concerns