My approach to treating patients

Treatment of the injured patient requires a multidisciplinary team approach. As The Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at The Washington Hospital Center, this philosophy of patient care has driven my approach to building and maintaining a clinical service dedicated to the recovery of the injured patient.

There are many components to our trauma service that are dedicated to specific patient populations. For our acutely injured patients, we work hand in hand with our general surgery trauma partners to ensure timely treatment of severe orthopaedic injuries. Together with my office staff and a dedicated team of therapists, we continue to manage patient’s injuries long after their discharge from the hospital.

For our injured elderly patients, we have instituted the region’s only orthopaedic-geriatric trauma service dedicated to the total health of the acutely injured elderly patient. With our hospital’s 5 full-time staff geriatricians, treatment is focused on timely management of fractures with a minimum hospital stay. Some of our elderly patients are enrolled in the hospital’s home call program where patients are seen in the home rather than the office.

Musculoskeletal injury can have long-lasting effects. For those afflicted with chronic problems from fracture or injury such as limb-length problems, deformity or the non-healing of bones, I employ the most up to date non-operative and operative techniques for treatment in order to maximize your function. Furthermore, The Washington Hospital Center serves as a referral center for patients with chronic infection of bone, or osteomyelitis. For these patients, I employ a multidisciplinary approach, which includes infectious diseases specialists and plastic surgeons, in an effort to eradicate bone infections.

My office contains a well-trained staff of physician assistants, nurse practioners, orthotists and occupational and physical therapists that provide the additional support many patients require. I believe in a multifaceted approach to patient care in order to fully treat the problems associated with musculoskeletal injury. We employ this strategy at The Washington Hospital Center Department of Orthopaedics, Division of Trauma.

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Arm, Elbow, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Spine


Arthritis, Arthroscopic Surgery, Deformity, Disability, Joint Replacement, Pain, Trauma/Fractures

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Contact Information

The Washington Hospital Center Department of Orthopaedics 110 Irving St, NW Room 3B-28 Washington, DC US 20010 View map Phone 202-877-6664 Fax 202-877-3164

Other staff in my practice

Robert E. Golden, MD

Rebecca MacIsaac, CNP
Karen P. Young, Sr. Admin. Asst.
Lillian G. Price, MOA
Latreara R. Sutton, MOA
LaShawn D. Lewis, MOA

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