David Hanscom, MD
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David A. Hanscom, M.D

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. David Hanscom is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the surgical correction complex spine problems in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.  He has expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis.  A significant part of his practice is devoted to performing surgery on patients who have had multiple prior spine surgeries.

Current Positions:

  • Orthopedic spine surgeon, Swedish Neuroscience Specialists, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
  • Co-director of the Swedish Neuroscience Specialists prehab program
  • Co-director of the Swedish Pre-op Optimization Project
  • Member of Best Doctors of America


His medical degree is from Loma Linda University in 1979.  His residency training began with internal medicine in Spokane, WA from 1979-1981.  Orthopedic surgery training was at the University of Hawaii from 1981-1984.  He did an orthopedic trauma fellowship at UC Davis in Sacramento, CA.  His spinal deformity fellowship was completed in Minneapolis, MN at Twin Cities Scoliosis Center in 1986. He has been performing complex spinal surgery since 1986.

Structured Spine Care

Around 2001 he began to share his own stress management tools with his patients that were in pain but had no indications for surgery. He also had spent most of his career with rehabilitation physicians learning non-operative care. By 2006 a structured spine treatment protocol evolved. It was named the DOC project (Direct your Own Care). He has published a book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain that is the basis of the structured spine care program. He is now seeing many patients with surgical problems resolve their pain without undergoing an operation.