Dr. Hanscom is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine problems in all areas of the 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. He works for Swedish Neuroscience Specialists in Seattle, WA with eight neurosurgeons and a physiatrist.
He is the founder of the “DOCC” project. It stands for “Defined, Organized, Comprehensive, Care.” This is a structured rehabilitation protocol for chronic pain, which involves:
Surgery is considered in the overall context of the rehabilition effort and is only performed on specific structural problems. He is working with Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA to improve access to structured non-operative care. My Call to Action
Read Dr. David Hanscom’s recent article in the Washington State Medical Association’s Preceptor (Aug. 2011) – The Cry of Chronic Pain
Back From the Edge: Coping with Physician Stress. The Doctor’s Advocate, 4th quarter, 2011.
Defining Solutions for Workers’ Comp: Ability and Motivation. ACPA Chronicle, March 2012.
A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Hoffman Process-Hoffman interview of Dr. Hanscom regarding the impact Hoffman has made on his personal and professional life, “Staying Connected” March 2012.
Physician Suicide: My Journey. Spineline, September-October, 2011. (Reprinted with permission from SpineLine, 2011;11(6):42-44. © 2011 North American Spine Society.)
Aching Back? Why Surgery Is Not Indicated for Lower Back Pain, Case In Point, July 2011. (Reproduced with permission from Case In Point.)
Beth Grossman, New York City – 212-949-4071