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How do I find a back or spine pain specialist?

The care team for the Inova Spine Program is a team of interdisciplinary specialists including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, therapists, and rehabilitation specialists, and neuroscience nurses as one comprehensive care team for pain management, rehabilitation, and surgical and minimally invasive procedures, or a combination approach.

Use the links below to locate physicians within a particular specialty or call 703-776-4700 for assistance.

Inova Spine Program - Leadership

Dr. Ecklund

James Ecklund, MD

Neurosurgeon, President, Inova Neurosciences

Bio

Dr. Childs

Ronald Childs, MD

Spine Orthopedic Surgeon, Inova System Spine Medical Director; Co-Medical Director, Inova Spine Program, Inova Fairfax Hospital and Inova Ortho-Spine Section Chief

Bio

Dr. Hamilton

John Hamilton, MD, PhD

Neurosurgeon, Co-Medical Director, Inova Spine Program, Inova Fairfax Hospital; Medical Director, Inova Peripheral Nerve Program

Bio

Dr. Hope

Donald Hope, MD

Neurosurgeon, Spine Orthopedic Surgeon, Spine Co-Medical Director, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Bio

Dr. Moshirfar

Ali Moshirfar, MD

Spine Orthopedic Surgeon, Spine Medical Director, Inova Loudoun Hospital; President, Medical Staff, Inova Loudoun Hospital

Bio

Dr. Silveri

Christopher P. Silveri, MD

Spine Orthopedic Surgeon, Spine Co-Medical Director, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital

Bio

Dr. Wallach

Corey J. Wallach, MD

Spine Orthopedic Surgeon, Spine Medical Director, Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Bio

Dr. West

Robin West, MD

President, Inova Musculoskeletal Services

Bio

Inova Spine Program - Members

The Inova Spine Program’s neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons have extensive training and specialization in spine diagnosis and treatment.

Spine Surgeons

James Ecklund, MD

James M Ecklund, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Brain Cancer/Tumors, Brain Injury, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 36
Andrew Fanous, MD

Andrew A Fanous, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Brain Cancer/Tumors, Brain Injury, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 12

Robert M Gorsen, MD

Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Brain Injury, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 41
Raqeeb Haque, MD

Raqeeb Haque, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Robotic Surgery, Scoliosis
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 18
John Hamilton, MD

John F Hamilton, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Brain Cancer/Tumors, Brain Injury, Peripheral Nerve, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 29

Donald G Hope, MD

Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 41

Steven S. Hughes, MD

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 38

Sean S Jebraili, MD

Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Disorders, Back Pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 29
James Leiphart, MD

James Warren Leiphart, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Brain Cancer/Tumors, Brain Injury, Epileptic Conditions/Treatments, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 26

Ali Moshirfar, MD

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Scoliosis
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 25

Angela M Santini, MD

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Robotic Surgery, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 34
Mark Shasti, MD

Mark Shasti, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Robotic Surgery, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 10

Mahesh Bhaskar Shenai, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Brain Cancer/Tumors, Brain Injury, Functional Neurosurgery (Brain Stimulation), Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 18

Faisal A Siddiqui, MD

Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 24

Christopher P Silveri, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Neck Problems/Surgery and Treatments, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 34
Nilesh Vyas, MD

Nilesh A Vyas, MD

A member of Inova Medical Group
The doctors of Inova Medical Group are Inova’s premier primary care and specialty physicians, offering top-notch medical expertise, full access to Inova facilities, and the convenience of integrated electronic medical records.
Specialty: Neurological Surgery
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Brain Cancer/Tumors, Carotid Artery Disease, Pituitary tumors, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 23

Pain Management Physicians

Pain management physicians at the Inova Comprehensive Pain Centers specialize in diagnosing and treating acute or chronic back and neck pain.

Greg D Fischer, MD

Specialty: Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Disorders, Back Pain, Pain Management, Spine Problems/Surgery and Treatments
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 30

Ziad Yafi, MD

Specialty: Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology
Board-certified specialties granted by an ABMS Member Board. Learn more about board certification.
Clinical Interests: Back Pain, Pain Management
Areas of special interest identified by the physician or additional training completed.
Years of Experience: 31

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also known as physiatrists, emphasize the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of people disabled by disease, disorder or injury. This includes conservative, nonsurgical back and neck treatment methods.

Spine Patient Care Navigators

Spine patient care navigators assist patients with their pre- and postsurgical care needs and coordination.

Shamaila Iqbal

Shamaila Iqbal, MSN, RN-BC

Shamaila serves as the System Lead and as Spine Patient Care Navigator for Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Call 703-776-3727

Megan Foddrell

Megan Foddrell, MBA, MSN, RN

Megan serves as Spine Patient Care Navigator, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.

Call 703-391-3636

Sarah Price

Sarah Price, BSN, RN

Sarah serves as Spine Patient Care Navigator, Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Call 703-504-7762

Ashly Malliarakis

Ashly Reese Malliarakis, BSN, RN

Ashly serves as Spine Patient Care Navigator, Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Call 703-858-6763

Related Care Services

Should your evaluation and diagnosis or postsurgical care result in a need for a related care area, the referral can be made within the Inova’s network of specialty teams including: