Dr. Seyed Babak Kalantar, MD

Dr. Seyed Babak Kalantar, MD

Dr. Seyed Babak Kalantar, MD

Languages: English
Fax: (202) 444-1655

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 vertebral body tethering
  • artificial disc replacement surgery in the cervical spine
  • artificial disc replacement surgery in the lumbar spine
  • back surgery
  • cervical decompression
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About the Provider

S. Babak Kalantar, MD, is a member of the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute and performs surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Kalantar is a full professor and chief of the Division of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Georgetown Univeristy School of Medicine, He is also the Co-Director of MedStar Spine Center.

Dr. Kalantar became a spine surgeon to help patients with debilitating pain or lack of function return to the highest quality of living possible. In addition to performing surgery, Dr. Kalantar guides patients before surgery, offering as much time and information as patients need to make decisions about the best treatment. He also guides patients after surgery to help them recover to their full potential.

In addition to English, Dr. Kalantar also speaks Spanish and Farsi.

Dr. Kalantar is a 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 , 2019, 2020 and 2021 Washingtonian Top Doctor for Spinal Surgery. He is also a 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Northern Virginia Magazine Top Doctor for Spinal Surgery, and a Findatopdoc.com Top Doctor 2018. 
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Professional Society Memberships

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • North American Spine Society

  • Fellowship Program: Emory University Hospital (2010)
  • Internship/Residency: Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals (2009)
  • Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery


  1. Editor. The Resident’s Guide to Spine Surgery. Springer. 2019
  2. Complications of Occipital Instrumentation. Spinal Instrumentation. 2nd Ed. Kim, Vaccaro, Fessler, Radcliff. 2017
  3. Occipitocervical and C1-C2 Fusion with Instrumentation. Operative Techniques in Spine Surgery. Ed. Rhee, Boden, Flynn, Wiesel. 2013
  4. Adult Scoliosis: Etiology and Management. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online. February 2012.
  5. Injury Scene Assessment, Extrication, and Transport. Spine Trauma 2. 2nd Ed. Zigler, Eismont, Garfin, Vaccaro. 2011
  6. Pathophysiology of Cervical Myelopathy. Orthopedic Knowledge Update: Spine 4. Editor Raj D. Rao, MD. Sep 2011.



Stephen D Lockey  1 Seyed Babak Kalantar  1 John G Heller  2 Historical Perspective: Thomas E. Whitesides, Jr. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2020 Nov 1;45(21):1537-1539. PMID: 32796466. DOI: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000003609.

Radcliff K, Smith H, Kalantar B, Isaacs R, Woods B, Vaccaro A, Brannon J. Feasibility of Endoscopic Inspection of Pedicle Wall Integrity in a Live Surgery Model. Int J Spine Surg. 2018 Apr 12 (2), 241-249. PMID: 30276081 PMCID: PMC6159636 DOI: 10.14444/5030

Stewart JJ, Fayed I, Henault S, Kalantar B, Voyadzis JM. Use of a Smartphone Application for Spine Surgery Improves Patient Adherence With Preoperative Instructions and Decreases Last-minute Surgery Cancellations. Cureus. 2019 Mar. 11 (3), e4192. PMID: 31106092 PMCID: PMC6504025 DOI: 10.7759/cureus.4192

Paulus MC, Kalantar SB, Radcliff K. Cost and Value of Spinal Deformity Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Mar. 39 (5), 388-93. PMID: 24573071 DOI: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000150.

Triantafillou KM, Lauerman W, Kalantar SB. Degenerative Disease of the Cervical Spine and Its Relationship to Athletes. Clin Sports Med. 2012 Jul. , 31 (3), 509-20. PMID: 22657999 DOI: 10.1016/j.csm.2012.03.009.

Kalantar SB, Hipp JA, Reitman CA, Dreiangel N, Ben-Galim P. Diagnosis of Unstable Cervical Spine Injuries: Laboratory Support for the Use of Axial Traction to Diagnose Cervical Spine Instability. J Trauma. 2010 Oct. 69 (4), 889-95. PMID: 20130489 DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3181bbd660.

Ben-Galim P, Dreiangel N, Mattox K, Reitman CA, Kalantar SB, Hipp JA. Extrication Collars Can Result in Abnormal Separation Between Vertebrae in the Presence of a Dissociative Injury. J Trauma. 2010 Aug. 69 (2), 447-50.  PMID: 20093981 DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3181be785a.

Radcliff K, Kalantar SB, Reitman CA. Surgical Management of Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis in Athletes: Indications and Return to Play. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2009 Jan-Feb. 8 (1), 35-40. PMID: 19142078 DOI: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e318194f89e



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Practice Locations
Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Top Doctor, Spinal Surgery, Washington, D.C.- Washingtonian Magazine
  • 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Top Doctor, Spinal Surgery, Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Magazine