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Steven S. Hughes, M.D., FAAOS

Specialties

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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Bio

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 four children. 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.

Education & Training

  • Case Western Reserve Hospital, Spine Surgery Fellowship
  • Strong Memorial Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
  • Bethesda Naval Hospital, General Surgery Internship
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Medical Degree
  • University of Rochester, Bachelor of Arts

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

ABOS board certified in orthopedic surgery

Hospital & Team Affiliations

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • OrthoVirginia Operatory
  • Surgery Center of Chevy Chase
  • Surgical Center of Potomac
  • Virginia Hospital Center

Organizations & Awards

  • Voted Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Voted Top Doctor by Northern Virginia Magazine, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Voted Top Doctor by Virginia Living Magazine 2020
  • Selected to the Best Doctors database for Virginia Living Magazine 2014
  • Selected as one of the Best Doctors in America by Harvard University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Named to the America’s Best Doctors” list sponsored by Northern Virginia Magazine 2008, 2009
  • Moderator at the 25th Annual Instructional Course of the Cervical Spine Research Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • Southern Orthopaedic Association
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Patient Testimonials

“In December 2019 I slipped on my deck and from that incident I started having a lot of back pain which gradually got worse. I was prescribed medicine and physical therapy which did not touch the pain. I had gotten to the point to where I could barely walk or stand up straight or do much of anything. My regular doctor gave me a referral to have a MRI and a referral for OrthoVirginia, Dr. Hughes. While Dr. Hughes was reviewing my MRI he discovered a large mass on my spinal cord that was causing me to have paralysis in my legs and sent me right away to Fairfax ER. I was admitted in the hospital on 5/12/2020, surgery was done the evening of 5/13/2020 to remove the mass of arthritis. I was up that night around 9:00pm standing straight and walking without any pain just some soreness from the surgery. I was so happy and excited that I called and woke up my sister just to talk the next morning at 4:30. Dr. Hughes and his team did such an awesome job at giving me my legs and essential my life back.” – Thomas F.

Treatments

  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Computer Assisted Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery

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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 four children. 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.

  • Case Western Reserve Hospital, Spine Surgery Fellowship
  • Strong Memorial Hospital, Orthopedic Surgery Residency
  • Bethesda Naval Hospital, General Surgery Internship
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Medical Degree
  • University of Rochester, Bachelor of Arts

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery

ABOS board certified in orthopedic surgery

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • OrthoVirginia Operatory
  • Surgery Center of Chevy Chase
  • Surgical Center of Potomac
  • Virginia Hospital Center

  • Voted Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Voted Top Doctor by Northern Virginia Magazine, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Voted Top Doctor by Virginia Living Magazine 2020
  • Selected to the Best Doctors database for Virginia Living Magazine 2014
  • Selected as one of the Best Doctors in America by Harvard University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Named to the America’s Best Doctors” list sponsored by Northern Virginia Magazine 2008, 2009
  • Moderator at the 25th Annual Instructional Course of the Cervical Spine Research Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • Southern Orthopaedic Association
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

“In December 2019 I slipped on my deck and from that incident I started having a lot of back pain which gradually got worse. I was prescribed medicine and physical therapy which did not touch the pain. I had gotten to the point to where I could barely walk or stand up straight or do much of anything. My regular doctor gave me a referral to have a MRI and a referral for OrthoVirginia, Dr. Hughes. While Dr. Hughes was reviewing my MRI he discovered a large mass on my spinal cord that was causing me to have paralysis in my legs and sent me right away to Fairfax ER. I was admitted in the hospital on 5/12/2020, surgery was done the evening of 5/13/2020 to remove the mass of arthritis. I was up that night around 9:00pm standing straight and walking without any pain just some soreness from the surgery. I was so happy and excited that I called and woke up my sister just to talk the next morning at 4:30. Dr. Hughes and his team did such an awesome job at giving me my legs and essential my life back.” – Thomas F.

  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Computer Assisted Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery

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