Joseph R. O’Brien, MD

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Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. O’Brien specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery and revision of failed spine surgery. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the George Washington School of Medicine, Dr. O’Brien completed his training at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center with a fellowship in spinal reconstructive surgery. Dr. O’Brien has previously served as an associate professor for Orthopaedic Surgery & Neurological Surgery and the Medical Director of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at the George Washington University.


Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
BA in Chemistry



Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Master of Public Health

Medical School:

George Washington University School of Medicine
Washington, DC


University of Maryland / Shock Trauma
Baltimore, Maryland


Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certification:


Professional Associations:

  • Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society


Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Spine


Dr. O'Brien performs surgery at Suburban Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and Virginia Hospital Center.

Dr. O'Brien holds clinic in both Arlington, VA and Bethesda, MD - please inform a representative when scheduling an appointment if you’d prefer a particular location.

You may contact him via email at [javascript protected email address].

This e-mail account is checked and responded to by Dr. O’Brien’s medical assistant, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This email WILL NOT be checked during evenings, weekends or holidays. Messages can also be sent through our Patient Portal.

This e-mail is not intended for emergencies or time-sensitive issues. Your message will typically receive a response within 48 hours. We appreciate your patience.

Please note, if you have an urgent medical issue or other urgent matter please call the main office at (301) 530-1010. An on-call doctor is available at this number during evenings, weekends and holidays.

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