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Ashish G. Shanbhag, MD

  • Undergraduate
  • Wofford College Spartanburg, SC 1988
  • Residency
  • University Of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 1998
  • University of South Alabama College of Medicine Mobile, AL 1997
  • Medical School
  • Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC 1993
  • Internship
  • Lloyd Noland Hospital Fairfield, AL 1994
  • Fellowship
  • Fairview University of MN Hospital and Clinic Minneapolis, MN 1999
  • Medical University of South Carolina United States Charleston, SC 2003


Primary Specialties: Interventional Pain Medicine, Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Shanbhag joined National Spine & Pain Centers in 2012 after several years in private practice in South Carolina.

Experienced and expertly trained, Dr. Shanbhag earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina – College Of Medicine. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota, followed by advanced fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management and in Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Shanbhag then went on to complete clinical postgraduate training in Endoscopic & Percutaneous Spine Surgery at Synergy Spine Center. He is one of few physiatrists both nationally and internationally to have completed advanced training in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine, Dr. Shanbhag treats the spectrum of spine, joint, nerve, muscle, and soft tissue pain, with an emphasis on the therapeutic treatment of spinal disease. He has a particular interest in endoscopic transforaminal (“keyhole”) treatments for spinal stenosis and herniated discs, as well as percutaneous discectomy. His expertise also includes image-guided procedures such as epidural injections, facet blocks, radiofrequency neuroablation, provocation discography, spinal cord stimulators, nerve blocks, joint injections, and soft tissue injections.

He is also engaged in the medico-legal arena for patient healthcare related matters including IME’s, second opinions, worker’s comp, and personal injury.

Dr. Shanbhag approaches every patient with an open and interested mind set and a singular purpose: to quickly identify, locate, and treat their individual and unique source of pain. He provides compassionate care and treatment for each patient as he would for his own family.

Dr. Shanbhag maintains active memberships in numerous spine and pain organizations including the North American Spine Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, International Spine Interventional Society, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Patient Success Story

For the better part of 40 years, Jack Inge lived in fear of knowing that the simple act of stepping off a curb might trigger back pain that could leave him flat on his back, nursing pain that was so severe he couldn’t even go to work.

So when Inge walked out of the National Spine & Pain Centers office in Woodbridge, Virginia almost pain free shortly after Ashish G. Shanbhag, M.D., performed radiofrequency neurotomy to the nerves in his lower back (technically known as the lumbar facet medial branches), he couldn’t wait to spread the good news about his procedure.

For Inge, “It was like a miracle.” The treatment has now allowed Inge to play golf three times a week without debilitating pain. “Dr. Shanbhag is a golfer himself so when I told him how my pain was really starting to interfere with my golf game, he knew where I was coming from.”

“I walked out of there 70 to 90 percent pain free,” Inge said. “Dr. Shanbhag hit right on the nerves that were causing my pain. Since then, my pain level has dropped to half of what it was!” – Jack (view full story)

Affiliations Woodbridge
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2019
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2018
  • Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2017


  • 04/12/2024
    Rating: 5

    I love the way im treated.

  • 04/11/2024
    Rating: 5

    Upon arrival at the reception area, I was well received. I didn't have a long wait in the waiting room. I really admire the team spirit among the highly trained and efficient nurses. They were confident in their approach and they were exceptionally nice and courteous. Dr. Shanbhag is really specialized in his field, I could tell that he knew what he was doing. He is quite a competent physician who would show compassion and empathy towards his patients. Even when he was carrying out a seemingly difficult procedure, he still had a sense of humor to alleviate the pain on the part of his patient. Dr. Shanbhag's main goal is to bring about a lasting relief. He would do whatever it takes to achieve this goal in a logical and systematic manner. He would exercise a good deal of patience. We have developed a therapeutic relationship and he has left quite an indelible impression on my mind.

  • 04/11/2024
    Rating: 5

    Everyone at the Woodbridge clinic is patient oriented. The front desk personnel are friendly, the young lady who takes you to treatment and records your symptoms, blood pressure and pulse treats you like a friend. [...], the P.A., is knowledgeable and shows a genuine interest in your condition. Dr. Shanbhag is a first rate doctor and a gentleman.

  • 04/05/2024
    Rating: 5

    [...] I feel much better with my pain now and everyone is so incredibly good there work