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Sachin N. Pradhan, M.D., Ph.D., & Sikta Pradhan, Ph.D., Professorship in Spine Surgery

School of Medicine

Established in 2019 by Sikta Pradhan, Ph.D., and other donors, and named in honor of her late husband Sachin N. Pradhan, M.D., Ph.D.

SIKTA PRADHAN, Ph.D., a biochemical pharmacologist, worked at the National Institute of Health for several years with Nobel Laureate, Dr. C.B. Anfinsen, on Interferon. She later joined the Food and Drug Administration where she was engaged in the evaluation and establishment of generic psychotherapeutic drugs.

SACHIN N. PRADHAN, M.D., Ph.D., a neuropsychopharmacologist, became a distinguished professor of pharmacology at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He was a gifted teacher and skilled researcher. He left a legacy of philanthropy in their home country of India, having established the S.N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences research facility at the University of Calcutta, in 1998.

Other past philanthropic support from Sachin and Sikta Pradhan has demonstrated their commitment to education and biomedical research throughout their careers. The Nandigram Bhutnath Pradhan Institute of Technology and the Khodambari Bhutnath Pradhan High School, both in India, as well as the Suburban Hospital Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland have all benefited from their generosity.

Held by Hamid Hassanzadeh

HAMID HASSANZADEH, M.D., joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in February 2022. He is the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery for Johns Hopkins Medicine in the National Capitol Area, and Co-Director of Spine Surgery Fellowship.

He earned a Baccalaureate degree from the Mümmelmannsberg School in Hamburg, Germany, followed by a medical degree from University of Hamburg School of Medicine in 2006. He began his training with a Neurosurgery residency position at Westküstenklinikum Heide in Heide, Germany, where he continued for two years before moving to the United States for additional opportunities. In 2008, Dr. Hassanzadeh joined the Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, where he excelled both clinically and academically. His potential as a leader in the field was immediately evident, and he followed his residency with the prestigious, and highly competitive, Rush University Spine Surgery Fellowship before completing his training with a Pediatric Spine Surgery Fellowship at Shriners Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Hassanzadeh is recognized as a leading clinical investigator in the spine community, excels in clinical and surgical skills, and  consistently demonstrates outstanding collaborative and educational work. Nationally and internationally recognized as a leader in the field of spinal deformity correction, Dr. Hassanzadeh has developed an additional interest in advancing minimally invasive approaches for spine surgery. His primary areas of research include functional outcomes and value-based care analyses, as well as biomechanical evaluations of spinal instrumentation constructs. While at the University of Virginia, he developed a clinical trial program which grew into a program with 11 active clinic trails in six years.  With his large academic practice and firmly established clinical research infrastructure, Dr. Hassanzadeh is actively sought as a Principal Investigator for industry-sponsored FDA-approved clinical trials.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and is a member of the North American Spine Society (NASS), International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), as well as numerous other medical societies. In addition, Dr. Hassanzadeh is recognized as a member of the American Orthopaedic Association’s Emerging Leaders Program and has participated in the Orthopaedic Research Society’s Clinician Scholar Career Development Program.