Dr. Joseph Leigh Ferguson, MD

Dr. Joseph Leigh Ferguson, MD

Dr. Joseph Leigh Ferguson, MD

Languages: English
Phone: 202-444-8766
Fax: 202-444-7804

Contact this Provider:

  • Spine Surgery
Conditions I Treat
  • abnormal vertebrae
  • absent vertebrae
  • bulging disc
  • cauda equina syndrome
  • cervical bone spur
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Procedures I Perform
  • anterior cervical spine fusion
  • anterior cervical spine surgery
  • anterior lumbar interbody fusion
  • anterior lumbar spine fusion
  • anterior lumbar spine surgery
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About the Provider

Joseph L. Ferguson is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spinal surgery.

He specializes in:

  • Cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar (lower-back) pathologies
  • Minimally invasive techniques
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Lumbar degenerative spine disorders
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Cervical herniated disks
  • Neck and/or arm pain or weakness
  • Leg pain and weakness
  • Cervical radiculopathy and myelopathy
  • Scoliosis (adult)
  • Surgery: spinal, minimally invasive, microscopic, motion-sparing

Dr. Ferguson believes each patient is unique and requires an individualized, focused, and thorough  treatment approach to address the diagnosis. He approaches each patient-physician relationship as a partnership, with the best outcomes resulting from a collaborative effort. His goal is to help patients and their families understand their conditions and to educate them on all possible options, in order to restore function and relieve pain for a return to an active lifestyle.

In the News:

  • Fellowship Program: Rush University Medical Center (2019)
  • Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2018)
  • Medical School: Jefferson Medical College (2013)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Basques, BA, Ferguson JF, Kunze KN, Phillips, FP. Lumbar Spinal Fusion in the Outpatient Setting: An Update on Management, Surgical Approaches and Planning. Journal of Spine Surgery (accepted, pending publication).
  • Louie PK, Haws BE, Khan JM, Markowitz J, Movassaghi K, Ferguson J, Lopez GD, An HS, Phillips FM. Comparison of Stand-alone Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion versus Open Laminectomy and Posterolateral Instrumented Fusion in the Treatment of Adjacent Segment Disease following Previous Lumbar Fusion Surgery. Spine. Aug 12, 2019 (ePub ahead of print).
  • Ferguson J, Mariorenzi M, Kalantar SB. Anterior cervical decompression and fusion for a single-level disc herniation. Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2014; 26(3): 154-9.
  • Ferguson J, Hwang S, Tataryn Z, Samdani A. Neuromonitoring changes in pediatric spinal deformity surgery: a single-institution experience. Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics. 2014; 13(3): 247-54. 
  • Radcliff K, Ferguson JL, Reis-Rodrigues LM, Gruskay J, Levine AM, Albert T, Vaccaro AR. Chapter 24: Traumatic Spondylolisthesis of the Axis (Hangman's Fracture) in Spine Trauma, 2nd edition.  Eds: Zigler JE,  Eismont FJ, Garfin SR, Vaccaro AR, from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2011.
  • Samdani AF, Cahill PJ, Hwang SW, King J, Edwards A, Fine A, Ferguson J, Betz RR: Larger curve magnitude is associated with markedly increased perioperative complications after scoliosis surgery in patients with spinal cord injury. 18th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (podium), Copenhagen, Denmark, July 13-16, 2011.
  • Zlotolow DA, Ferguson JL, Knutsen E, Kozin SH. The Natural History of Shoulder Function in Patients with Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. NARAKAS meeting, May 19-22, 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Ferguson JL, Zlotolow DA, Kozin SH. Timing of Recovery of Shoulder Function in Patients with Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy. 
    • Poster, AOA Research Symposium, Thomas Jefferson University, March 2nd, 2012
    • E-Poster, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, September 6-8, 2012, Chicago, IL.
  • Ferguson JL, Hwang SW, Stanton P, Fine A, Samdani AF. Neuromonitoring Changes in Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery: Single Institution Experience.  New England Neurosurgical Society annual meeting, June 21-23, 2012.
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Practice Locations
  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Washington, DC 20007
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  • 5454 Wisconsin Avenue
    Suite 1100
    Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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  • 1120 20th Street Northwest
    Washington, DC 20036
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Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital