About

Dr. Tortolani is currently the Director of the MedStar Union Memorial Spine Program. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in spine surgery. As a spine specialist, his vast experience includes treating all disorders of the spine, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, adult and adolescent scoliosis and spondylolisthesis (unstable vertebra that slips out of alignment). He is considered an expert in the field of cervical disc replacement surgery.

Dr. Tortolani’s special interests include spine research and treating adults and children with spinal deformities (scoliosis and kyphosis). He was a leading investigator for an FDA sponsored clinical trial which compared the outcomes of spinal fusion to those of total disc replacement. The study revealed total disc replacement yielded better long term results and a faster recovery.

He is currently the principal investigator on a research study focusing on less invasive surgical methods to reduce pain and hasten recovery. Dr. Tortolani was named a Baltimore magazine Top Doctor in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 and serves as an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He strives to maintain a patient-centered approach whereby patients and their families share in the decision-making for their care.

Read Dr. Tortolani’s CV.


Awards
Dr. Tortolani was named a 2017 “Top Doc” by Baltimore Magazine for Orthopaedic Spine and has been recognized since 2011.

Credentials

Board Certification
  • Spine Surgery (Primary)
  • Orthopaedic Surgery; certified in 2005
Education
  • Fellowship Program Emory University Hospital (2003)
  • Residency Program Johns Hopkins Hospital (2002)
  • Medical School Medical College, Cornell University (1997)
  • Internship Program Johns Hopkins Hospital (1998)

Conditions Treated

Locations

Timonium

  • Phone: 410-560-3480

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

  • Phone: (410) 554-2270
  • Fax: (410) 554-2832

Videos

Lacrosse Player Returns to Field

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2017 Retool, Regenerate, Restore Webcast

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Meet Dr. P. Justin Tortolani

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Patient Story: Theresa Miranda

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2015 Spine Webcast

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Insurance

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • AETNA 13
    • AETNA — Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS) Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna HMO Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA Innovation Health: POS Open HMO Opoen HMO Option Open EPO Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna Managed Choice (POS) Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • AETNA — Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS) Choice POS & Choice POS II Innovation Health: Open POS Plus Open POS II
    • AETNA — Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • AETNA — Aetna Open Choice (PPO) Innovation Health: PPO
    • AETNA — Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • AETNA — Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • AETNA — Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO) Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • AETNA — Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • AETNA — Aetna Worker’s Compensation Network
  • CAREFIRST 8
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access BlueChoice Open Access Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO POS)
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CAREFIRST — CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CAREFIRST — CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO HealthyBlue PPO
  • CIGNA 6
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA EPO PPO and PPO Plus Choice Fund PPO
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA) Network OA POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA Indemnity
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HEALTH CARE — Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
  • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK 4
    • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK — Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK — Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK — Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK — First Health PPO
  • MEDSTAR FAMILY CHOICE 2
    • MEDSTAR FAMILY CHOICE — MedStar Family Choice – Maryland Health Choice
    • MEDSTAR FAMILY CHOICE — MedStar Family Choice-DC Healthy Families
  • FIRST HEALTH 1
    • FIRST HEALTH (NOW COVENTRY) — FIRST HEALTH
  • MEDSTAR MEDICARE CHOICE 1
    • MEDSTAR MEDICARE CHOICE — MedStar Medicare Choice
  • MEDSTAR SELECT 1
    • MEDSTAR SELECT — MedStar Select
  • PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS INC. 1
    • PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS INC. (PHCS) — Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
  • TRICARE 4
    • TRICARE — Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • TRICARE — Tricare Prime
    • TRICARE — Tricare Standard
    • TRICARE — Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
  • UNITED HEALTHCARE 12
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — OneNet PPO Inc.
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — Optimum Choice United Healthcare Navigate United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Choice United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO GEHA Compass Rose)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Select HMO – EPO/NPP
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • UNITED HEALTHCARE — United Student Resources