Director – Senior Consultant Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Dr. Farouq A. Al-Hamdan

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Dr. Farouq A. Al-Hamdan, a spine specialist at SSI, specializes in providing high quality medical care for patients suffering from back and neck pain. Over the course of 30 years in practice, he has specialized extensively in the field of non-invasive and surgical treatment of back pain. When he is not seeing patients, he likes to spend his time training others in the field of spine care, conducting educational workshops while also contributing towards community welfare.

Director – Spine Science Institute, Washington

State Medical Licensure:

  • Washington:  Active License, January 1999 – Present.
  • Wisconsin:  Active License, June 1999 – Present.
  • New York:   Active License, September 2004 – Present.


  • The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh, Great Britain) – January 1990.
  • Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) – July 1992.
  • Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) – December 1993.

Recent Appointments:

  • Director, Attending Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Spine Science Institute, Mt. Vernon, WA, USA.
  • Asst. Professor, Staff Faculty, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA.
  • Director, Attending Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Wisconsin Spine Institute, Weston, WI, USA.
  • Attending Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Rice Medical Center, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.

Teaching Activities and Surgical Expertise:

  • Director and instructor of training courses for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeries.
  • Major and complex spine surgeries for degenerative disease, trauma, tumors and deformities.

Specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Evaluation and management of all Back, Neck and Spine related conditions.
  • Treatment conservative (non-surgical) and surgical for all age groups.
  • Acute and chronic Neck and Back Pain:
    • Sciatica.
    • Disc Herniation.
    • Disc degeneration.
    • Spinal Canal Stenosis.
    • Back and neck injuries.
    • Spine Deformities.

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  • Surgical Experience
  • Research Activities
  • Certifications
  • References
  • Surgery of cervical, thoracic, lumbar – sacral spine through anterior and posterior approaches. Trauma, degenerative disease, tumors, infections, congenital deformities, scoliosis and revision of failed back surgeries. Experience with different spinal techniques and instrumentation including percutanous pedicle screw instrumentation and interbody fusion cages with minimal access techniques.
  • Diagnostic and Special Procedures: Transpediclar Biopsy and Transpedicular Grafting. Transpedicular and Arthroscopic debridment of spondylodiscitis. Vertebroplasty and Kyphoplasty of the thoracic and lumbar spine. Dorsal Column Stimulator and Morphine Pump insertion for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. Radiofrequency Rhizolysis and Chemical Rhizotomy for Facet Syndrome pain. Facet Block, Discogram and Nerve Block for the cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine. Arthroscopic Microdiskectomy and Foraminoplasty, Percutraneous Laser Disc and Foraminal Decompression (day surgery under local anesthesia and MAC).
  • Independent Observer: 1995 Oct, 20th – 30th. Review of 180 patients operated on by Dr. A. Yeung (Arizona Orthopaedic Surgeons, Phoenix, Arizona). Presented at the Intradiscal Therapy Society meeting, Amsterdam, Holland, (May, 1996) and at the 12th Annual meeting of the North American Spine Society, October, 1997 New York, USA.
  1. Facet Joint Cyst of the Lumbar Spine: Does it Recur?
  2. Arthroscopic Foraminoplasty for Lumbar Foraminal Stenosis: Evaluation of the Results and Patients Satisfaction Submitted to NASS 2008 meeting
  3. Modified Posterior Wedge Osteotomy for the Treatment of Rigid Post-Traumatic Kyphosis.
  4. Effectiveness of Arthroscopic Microdiskectomy and Laser Disc Decompression for treatment of herniated disc.
  5. Facet joint Cyst of the Lumbar Spine. Clinical presentation and treatment.
  6. Spinal Fusion and NDR through Arthroscopic Techniques.
  • The Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh, Great Britain). January 1990. Education Commission of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) July 1992 Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) December 1993.
  • Clinical Appointments
  • 08/09 – Present Attending Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Director, Spine Science Institute, Mount Vernon, WA.09/08 – 07/09 Assistant Professor, Staff Faculty, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), Galveston, TX.10/07 – 09/08 Director, Attending Orthopaedic Spine SurgeonWisconsin Spine Institute, Stevens Point and Weston, WI.10/06 – 09/07 Attending Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Spine Center, Bone and Joint Clinic, Wausau, WI.08/02 – 08/06 Attending Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Rice Medical Center, Ministry Medical Group, Stevens Point, WI.08/93 – 10/01 Attending Surgeon, Dept of Medical Services, MODA, Riyadh, KSA. 08/95 – 08/96 Faculty Clinical Instructor, UTMB, Galveston, USA.

SSI Centers for Back and Neck Pain offers comprehensive services for the treatment of back pain, from minor back pain resulting from various sprains and stress to acute and chronic back pain that can last for weeks or months.


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