About Dr. Kalantar

bobbyDr. Seyed Babak Kalantar is an Associate Professor in the Georgetown Department of Orthopedics and Chief of the Division of Spinal Surgery. He is co-director of the Medstar Spine Center.

He earned his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia where he graduated with a bachelor of arts and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. During his time there, he spent a semester living and studying in Spain and is fluent Spanish speaker. Dr. Kalantar attended Eastern Virginia Medical School for his medical training where he was initiated into the alpha omega alpha national honor society for medicine, an honor reserved for top academic 5% of each medical school class.

After medical school, he completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. As a resident he was selected by his peers and faculty to receive the Bronze Hammer Award for orthopaedic excellence as the outstanding resident of his class. As a recognition of having earned the highest cumulative average on his in training examinations, Dr. Kalantar also received the Leonard Marmor surgical arthritis foundation award for academic excellence.

  • Dr. Kalantar then did a Spinal Surgery subspecialty training fellowship at Emory University.
  • Dr. Kalantar is Board Certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His professional associations include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.
  • Dr. Bobby Kalantar is multilingual speaking English, Spanish, and Farsi.
  • He has authored many scientific articles as listed below. Currently he is working on contributions to several spine surgery textbooks.

Dr. Kalantar treats a multitude of spinal conditions including:

  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Disc Herniation
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Scoliosis and deformity
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Neck and back pain

He uses a variety of surgical techniques including:

  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
  • Microscopic spinal surgery
  • Motion-sparing spinal surgery such as cervical disc replacement and laminoplasty
  • Complex spinal reconstruction
  • Cervical, thoracic, lumbar spinal surgery


    1. Diagnosis of Unstable Cervical Spine Injuries: Laboratory Support for the use of Axial Traction. Published, J Trauma, Injury, Infection and Critical Care. Feb 2, 2010.                Presented at annual AAOS meeting, March 2010.
    2. Extrication Collars can result in Abnormal Separation between Vertebrae in the Presence of a Dissociative Injury. Published, J Trauma. 2010 Aug;69(2):447-50.
    3. Surgical Management of Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis in Athletes: Indications and Return to Play. Published Curr Sports Med Rep.  2009 Jan-Feb;8(1):35-40.
    4. Bone Biology and Principles of Fusion. Interactive Educational Program for Spine. www.spine-iep.com. 2010.
    5. Degenerative Disease of the Cervical Spine and Its Relationship to Athletes. Clinics in Sports Medicine. July 2012, Vol 31, Number 3.
    6. Fractures of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Seminars in Spine Surgery. March 2013. Vol 25, No. 1.
    7. Modern Spine Surgery: evaluation of minimally invasive and motion-sparing techniques. Seminars in Spine Surgery. Guest Editor. Vol 25, No3, September, 2013.
    8. Value of Scoliosis Care: Nonsurgical versus surgery. Seminars in Spine Surgery. 26(2014) 16-22.
    9. Cost and Value of spinal deformity surgery. Published, Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Mar 1;39(5):399-93.
    10. The pathophysiology and biological mechanisms of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Seminars in Spine Surgery. Vol 26 (2014), Issue 2, 62-67.
    11. Selecting Among Cervical Surgical Options. Seminars in Spine Surgery. Guest Editor. Vol 26, No3, September 2014.
    12. Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion for Single-level Cervical Disc Herniation. Seminars in Spine Surgery. Vol 26, No3, Sept 2014. 154-159.
    13. Current Controversies in Nonoperative Management of Type II Odontoid Fractures in the Elderly. Seminars in Spine Surgery. Vol 26, No3, Sept 2014. 187-191.

    Book chapters:

    1. Pathophysiology of Cervical Myelopathy. Orthopedic Knowledge Update: Spine 4. Editor Raj D. Rao, MD. Sep 2011.
    2. Injury Scene Assessment, Extrication, and Transport. Spine Trauma 2. 2nd Zigler, Eismont, Garfin, Vaccaro. 2011
    3. Adult Scoliosis: Etiology and Management. Orthopaedic Knowledge Online. February 2012.
    4. Occitpocervical and C1-C2 Fusion with Instrumentation. Operative Techniques in Spine Surgery. Ed. Rhee, Boden, Flynn, Wiesel. 2013.