Paul Asdourian

paul asdourianPaul Asdourian, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon and chief of Spine Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. His expertise is in the treatment of adult spinal deformity, spondylolisthesis and degenerative disc disease. A spine surgeon trained in reconstructive spinal surgery, Dr. Asdourian has more than 25 years of experience using state-of-the-art techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cervical and lumbar decompressions and fusions.

Dr. Asdourian is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He was named a Baltimore magazine Top Doctor for 2010 and 2012. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Spinal Disorders, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

His medical degree is from the State University of New York Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY. He completed an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital; a residency at Boston University Medical Center; and a fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, Chicago.

Research Interests

Dr. Asdourian’s research interests include

  • Adult spinal deformity
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease

Selected Research

Planar and high-resolution SPECT bone imaging in the diagnosis of facet syndrome

Facet syndrome, the existence of which is controversial, is a disorder related to the lumbar facet joints and their innervations. Patients presenting with symptoms of this syndrome have local and radiating pain. In this study, Dr. Asdourian and colleagues sought to determine the appearance of potentially symptomatic facet joints on planar vs. high-resolution single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT), the relative sensitivity of the two imaging techniques and their predictive value in the clinical setting. The results of this research have been published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine (1995;36:37-44).

View Dr. Asdourian's publications on PubMed

  • Research Areas
  • Orthopedics/Sports Health