Dr. David Hanscom

Dr. Hanscom is an orthopedic complex spinal deformity surgeon who was based in Seattle, Washington, for over 32 years. He quit his surgical practice in 2019 to focus on teaching people how to break loose from the grip of chronic mental and physical pain – with and without surgery. He has been relentless in his pursuit of finding better answers to optimize his patients' outcomes.
Now considered a thought leader in addressing chronic mental and physical pain, Dr. Hanscom spends his time pursuing multiple opportunities to further the evolution of this knowledge. 

His mission is to re-introduce true healing into medicine. He believes that doctors need time to listen and understand their patients. He also believes patients want to be heard. Difficult life situations surrounding medical problems have a tremendous impact on care and outcomes.
Dr. Hanscom’s insights arose from his escape from his own 15-year ordeal with severe chronic pain. As he began to share his approaches with his patients, a predictable sequence of learning evolved. It is reflected in his most recent effort, The DOC (Direct your Own Care) Journey. The DOC Journey is the self-directed action plan of his book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain.