Safe and expert care for your back and neck pain

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Furthermore, our team has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics, and we are Maryland’s only robotic orthopedics specialty center. We lead the state in outpatient joint surgery where you’ll get the best care, in a safe environment and return home sooner. Now more than ever, that matters. If your neck or back hurts, MedStar Health spine specialists can evaluate your pain at 12 convenient locations spanning Central Maryland:
  • Bel Air
  • Ellicott City
  • Frederick
  • Hunt Valley
  • Pikesville
  • Timonium
  • Waugh Chapel
  • Westminster
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Good Samaritan
  • MedStar Harbor
  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospitals in Baltimore

We can help relieve your back pain

Our comprehensive care includes non-surgical, minimally invasive and surgical treatment options.


  • Reasons to See a Spine Specialist

    • Back pain
    • Neck pain
    • Herniated discs
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Scoliosis (in adults and adolescents)
    • Sciatica
    • Stenosis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Spinal tumors
    • Spinal fractures
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treatment Options

    • Non-operative treatment
    • Injections and blocks
    • Radiofrequency ablation
    • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy
    • Spinal fusion
    • Minimally invasive, microscopic and motion sparing spine surgery
    • Minimally invasive robotically navigated spine surgery
    • Discectomy
    • Laminectomy
    • Vertebroplasty
    • Kyphoplasty
    • Spinal deformity surgery
    • Cervical disc replacement
    • Rehabilitation
  • Innovative Technology

    Innovative technology is available for patients needing spine surgery, and MedStar Health offers more options than ever. Robotic-assisted systems improve the way our expert physicians operate. Surgical robots don’t supplant the skills of the surgeon, but rather complement them. The overarching goal of robotic-assisted navigation in spine surgery is accuracy.

    Benefits of robotic-assisted navigation in surgery:

    • More accurate and precise procedure
    • Less invasive
    • Shorter recovery times
    • Improved patient experience
    • Great results

    How it works:

    Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in late 2017, the ExcelsiusGPS™ spinal surgery system utilizes navigation and 3-D technology to help surgeons premap their surgeries and a robotic arm to precisely place implants into a patient’s spine. It also permits surgeons to separate the muscles surrounding the spine rather than cutting through them, resulting in smaller incisions and less tissue damage.

    Why choose us:

    • One of the largest musculoskeletal robotic surgical programs on the east coast, with 10 robots for hip, knee, and spine surgery
    • One of the first sites in the country to add an ExcelsiusGPS™ spinal surgery system
    • First in the mid-Atlantic to use robotic GPS navigation to perform a lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF) through a tiny incision in the patient’s side. With the most precise accuracy possible, surgeons were able to replace two discs and align their spine using robotic navigation.

Patient stories

One woman's spine surgery story

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When a spine doctor becomes a spine patient

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Patient testimonials

"[Dr. Moatz] is nice, professional, and courteous. He does seem to show compassion and makes you feel like he cares."

- Anonymous patient.

So impressed with everything connected with this visit. It is obvious from start to finish that Dr. Lemma and his staff have a high degree of compassion and respect for their patients. In my case, instead of performing surgery immediately, he suggested alternate treatment plans"

- Debbie E.

Team partnerships

More professional teams choose MedStar Health orthopedic and sports medicine specialists.


Meet our expert physicians 

Our fellowship-trained specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute to MedStar Health are actively involved in leading edge research that is shaping the future of medicine. Our spine team is one of the largest in Maryland, and includes neurosurgical and orthopedic spine surgeons, along with physiatrists, therapists, educators and care coordinators who work together to develop a treatment plan just for you.

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