Dhruv Pateder, MD

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Dhruv Pateder, MD

Neurosurgical, Orthopedic, and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon

Dr. Dhruv Pateder specializes in Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Town Center Orthopaedics in Ashburn, Centreville, and Reston. Dr. Pateder specializes in all aspects of spinal surgery, ranging from complex scoliosis surgery to newer, muscle-sparing, minimally invasive procedures, disc replacement, and robotic procedures. Dual-trained in both neurosurgery and orthopedic spinal surgery, he is proud to provide personalized care to patients at Town Center Orthopaedics.

Dr. Pateder completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, followed by a combined neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. After completing his fellowship, he worked as an attending spine surgeon at the world-renowned Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, CO. There, he cared for many professional athletes and members of the U.S. Ski Team.

He has done extensive research in the field of spine surgery, particularly in the treatment of scoliosis. Dr. Pateder’s work has been presented at multiple national and international meetings, and his research has resulted in the publication of numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He has won multiple awards for both his clinical work and his research.

Dr. Pateder has also served as an instructor for other spinal surgeons wishing to learn advanced techniques in scoliosis surgery and minimally invasive decompression and fusion procedures. He is also involved in the design and improvement of instruments used during spinal surgery.

Dr. Pateder works closely with different orthopedic specialists at Town Center Orthopaedic Associates. Many problems with other parts of the body, such as the hip, knee, or shoulder, can often be related to spinal problems, as well. In these cases, the best patient care is from physicians who work together as a team so that communication and treatment can be planned more efficiently.

Dr. Pateder believes that for most spinal problems, surgery can be avoided by employing other treatments. However, for certain spinal pathology, surgery can be immensely helpful when performed appropriately. Regardless of whether a problem is surgical or not, Dr. Pateder is always thorough in discussing all options and helping each patient make the decision that is best for them.

For more information about Dr. Pateder, please visit his personal website here

  • Residency training in orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Combined neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic
Professional Experience
  • Attending spine surgeon at the world-renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado
  • Cared for professional athletes and members of the United States Ski Team
  • Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances
  • American Journal of Orthopaedics
  • Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
  • Washingtonian Magazine Best Physician—Spinal Surgery, 2012
  • Patient’s Choice Award, 2010
  • Northern Virginia and Washingtonian Best Physician
Years with Town Center Orthopaedics
  • Dr. Pateder has been practicing neurosurgery, orthopedic and minimally invasive spine surgery with Town Center Orthopaedics since June 2008.

Dr. Pateder, neither verbal nor written accolades can adequately express my gratitude for the care you have all provided me over the last few months. You have performed a minor miracle at the very least, and given me back the gifts of strength in my arms, grip in my hands, increased mobility in my legs, and the best gift of all, an uninterrupted pain-free night of sleep. My most sincere thanks. God bless you!” ––Patient

Dr. Pateder, Thank you so much for two years free of back trouble!” ––Patient

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