Steven S. Hughes, MD, FAAOS


Physician assistants / nurse practitioners

OrthoVirginia Offices

Dr. Steven Hughes has had greater than 20 years of experience doing strictly spine surgery. Fellowship trained in minimally invasive, robotic and micro surgery of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, he has special expertise in disorders/injuries of the cervical spine.  A former Commander in the US Navy, Dr. Hughes has won numerous awards for scholarly achievements and has served in Academia at many prestigious Universities.  He has also served as a consultant to biotech companies, working to create innovative products for all patients. Helping patients achieve their full potential is his life’s work. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family, including his dogs Odin and Lucy Bella.

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Raised on a farm in the Catskill region of upstate New York, Dr. Steven Hughes’ parents instilled in him a love for learning and a disciplined work ethic. He used those skills to graduate summa cum laude and achieve junior admission to Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester. In addition, he was selected for early admission to Alpha Omega Alpha while completing his medical degree with honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Hughes worked as a surgical intern at Bethesda Naval Hospital and was later honorably discharged after serving as a Commander in the United States Navy. Following his internship, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where he was honored with the Zimmer achievement award for excellent scientific research. Dr. Hughes completed his formal medical training with a fellowship in spinal surgery at Case Western Reserve Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked under the renowned spinal surgeon, Dr. Henry Bohlman.

With a passion for developing personalized treatment plans based on two-way communication and individualized rehabilitation, Dr. Hughes delights in seeing his patients reach their full recovery potential. As a spine specialist, Dr. Hughes primarily focuses on operative and non-operative spinal care. He is trained in microsurgery of the whole spine with a special emphasis on cervical spine care.

An active member of numerous professional medical organizations, Dr. Hughes is one of only two members of the Cervical Spine Research Society in Northern Virginia. He is also involved in academia having served as an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, and as a Clinical Instructor at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Hughes is married and has a son and a daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and spending time with his family and two golden retrievers. An FAA certified pilot, Dr. Hughes’ extra-curricular interests also include bird watching, scuba diving, and medico-legal research.