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Specialties: 
Back, Neck, Spine, Sports Medicine

Dr. Bassewitz received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at UCLA and then went to William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, for a spinal surgery fellowship. At Beaumont, which in 1999 was the busiest hospital in the United States, Dr. Bassewitz served under Dr. Harry Herkowitz, one of the nation's foremost experts in spinal surgery, as well as six other spinal surgeons.

Dr. Bassewitz has been involved with numerous clinical and bench research projects and has written research papers and book chapters in both general orthopaedics as well as various topics in spinal surgery. His papers have covered numerous topics in spinal disorders including spinal stenosis, disc herniations, and osteoporosis. His interests include complex problems of the neck and back including scoliosis. 

He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member of the Clark County Medical Society, and a member of the Nevada State Medical Association. 

Dr. Bassewitz was voted by his peers one of Las Vegas' Top Doctors, and the only orthopaedic spine surgeon, in the June 2006 Las Vegas Life magazine.

Dr. Bassewitz is available to see patients in Las Vegas at our Central and Southwest offices.

Dedicated to providing his patients with the highest level of care, Dr. Bassewitz completed additional training and is proud to offer robotic navigation-assisted spine surgery with ExcelsiusGPS®. This technology is designed to improve accuracy and optimize patient care by using robotics and navigation. Watch the video below featuring Dr. Bassewitz and the ExcelsiusGPS® technology.

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Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • Doctor of Medicine: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • General Surgery Internship: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Surgery of the Spine Fellowship: Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, MI

Certification

  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Board of Councilors
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • North American Spine Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • Desert Springs Hospital
  • Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus
  • Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center

Desert Orthopaedic Center, with locations in Las Vegas and Henderson, has been providing specialized orthopaedic care to area residents for half a century, celebrating 50 years of service this year....

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“The surgery was, in a word, miraculous,” says Dr. Amanda Budde-Sung of The University of Sydney. “My recovery was incredibly fast. It's been six months, and I'm back to many of my previous activities. I'm about to walk a 17-mile race in Sydney.”

After having severe pain and limited...

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For Vegas resident Danial Eros, 45, back pain had become a dominating force in his life. He recalls, “I’ve had some lower back issues on and off since high school, but for the most part I was able to get through life without any dramatic, life-interrupting circumstances up until a couple of...

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Congratulations to Hugh Bassewitz, M.D., Michael Miao, M.D., and Troy Watson, M.D., for making the Vegas Seven Top Docs of 2016....

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Dr. Hugh Bassewitz was voted as Vegas Seven Top Docs of 2015.

“I received terrific, honest care from my physician. I had every single question answered, and was fully prepared for what I should expect post surgery. Also, surgery was not something I was forced into; it was used as a last resort, which I much appreciate. Dr. Bassewitz I would recommend to anyone who encountered similar back problems to my own. Their nursing staff was also extremely attentive, which makes all the difference when you are in a terrifying position.”
– Rachel A.