David Hanscom, MD, is a Seattle-based orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine surgery, including adult and pediatric spinal deformities like scoliosis and kyphosis.
Hanscom, who has healed his own chronic pain, is also codirector of the Swedish Neuroscience Specialists' spine fellowship, president of the Puget Sound Spine Interest Group, and founder of Precision Surgical Performance.
In 2001 he began to share his own stress management tools with patients who were in pain but had no indications for surgery. By 2006 he had developed his comprehensive approach into a structured treatment protocol he calls DOC (Direct your Own Care). He has helped and witnessed hundreds of patients become pain-free through this program. He shares his approach in the book Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain.