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  Navinder Sethi, MD
  Dr. Sethi in his own words:

“My goal is to improve people’s quality of life in a non-surgical manner.  In cases where that is not successful, I try to perform surgery in a minimally invasive manner including outpatient spine surgery to get people back on their feet sooner.”

Navinder Sethi, M.D.
Board-certified in Orthopaedics

Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia

Medical Degree: Johns Hopkins University

Residency: Washington University School of Medicine

Fellowship: Spine surgery at the Emory Spine Center in Atlanta

  • Neck and Back Care
  • Research interests include minimally invasive spine surgery and cervical (neck) spine surgery


  • Recognized as one of the Top 50 Spine Specialists in America
  • Named a Superdoctor by Superdoctors Magazine for the Northern Virginia/Washington/Baltimore Region
  • Numerous awards including the AOA Research Award and the Arthritis Foundation Award 
  • Lectures both nationally and internationally on spine-related topics 
  • Has written numerous articles and given his presentations to the attendees at the prestigious American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon, North American Spine Society, and Cervical Spine Research Society meetings among others
  • Hosts surgeons from all over the United States and the world who watch him in his surgeries and has started an international spinal fellowship program
  • Graduated No. 1 in his class through his educational career

Professional Affiliation: Montgomery County Medical Society

What patients have to say:

This letter is long overdue. It has been seven months since my back surgery by Dr. Sethi. I never thought I would feel this good again. Due to an automobile accident, I suffered from pain for over twenty five years. Prior to the surgery, I was barely able to walk ten feet without having to stop from the pain. When I decided to have back surgery, I had hoped to find some relief from the constant pain, but did not expect the results that were achieved. My pain is completely gone, I can walk, and I continue to improve and become stronger with each passing day.

Dr. Sethi had been my doctor for years and he supported me in every attempt for pain relief before discussing surgery. He is a brilliant surgeon who really listens and understands his patients. I had complete confidence going into surgery that he could make me better. My aftercare with his PA, John Greco, was wonderful. John has been a big part of my recovery and I appreciate his kindness and knowledge. Dr. Sethi’s surgery coordinator, Claire, is a patient and supportive woman; his whole staff makes me glad to be his patient. I would advise anyone suffering from chronic back pain to see Dr. Sethi. I am living proof that his skills are immeasurable!
– Kelly

I have suffered from Spondylolisthesis and Stenosis for four years, and it was a challenging condition.  The pain affected my buttocks area with pain shooting down my legs. The pain was so intense that I had to walk bent over because I could not stand up straight. It hurt very badly. As time went on and my condition worsened, I couldn’t walk long distances. I couldn’t stand for long periods of time, couldn’t enjoy my grandchildren, and had to sit everywhere I went so I didn’t go many places. My activities were limited. I was so afraid to have surgery. My mind was made up that I was not going to have surgery at all. I didn’t think there was a doctor on this earth that could fix my back and relieve my pain until one day I met Dr. Navinder S. Sethi. I put my faith and trust in him and knew there was something special about Dr. Sethi. I set my surgery date for March 19, 2012. It has been a year since Dr. Sethi performed surgery and I’m still pain free. I’m practically running now. It’s a blessing and I feel great. I was right, there was something special about Dr. Sethi, he has gifted hands. Dr. Sethi, thank you so much. As I sit here writing this letter my eyes are filling up with tears because I had the best doctor. I’m pain free and have great posture. Thank you Dr. Sethi, there will always be a special place for you in my heart. – Thank you, Cynthia Dorsey

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