William A. Abdu, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and of The Dartmouth Institute
Medical Director, Spine Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

William A. Abdu, MD, MS



(603) 650-8942


  • MS, Dartmouth Medical School, 2001
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, 1985
  • BA, Boston University, 1977


Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedics
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Spine Center
Member of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Abdu is a leader in the study and treatment of spine-related conditions as Director of the Spine Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He practices surgery of the Spine, including Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Disorders, Disc Herniation, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylotic Myelopathy, Spinal Cord Injury, and Spine Trauma.

Published Research

Psychometric Evaluation of a Decision Quality Instrument for Treatment of Lumbar Herniated Disc
Spine, August 15, 2012;vol. 37 (18): 1609-16
Surgical vs. Nonoperative Treatment for Lumbar Disc Herniation
SPINE, 2008;33: 2789-800 “Dartmouth-Hitchcock Conference Report: Transparency in Health Care: Leading the Way,”
Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 2008; SPORT Lumbar Intervertebral Disk Herniation and Back Pain
SPINE, 2008;33: 428-35 What is Different About Worker's Compensation Patients
SPINE, 2007;23: 2019-26 Surgical vs. Nonsurgical Treatment for Lumbar Degenerative Spondylothesis
The New England Journal of Medicine, 2007;356: 2257-70 Radiculopathy and the Herniated Lumbar Disc
The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, September 2006;88-A: