The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Bethesda, MD, Rockville, MD, & Germantown, MD

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Implant Helps Patients Recover From Torn Rotator Cuff



About Maryland Orthopedic Specialists


Our team of skilled orthopedists at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division treat patients of all ages with any bone or soft tissue ailment. With two locations conveniently located in Bethesda and Germantown, Maryland, we welcome new patients from throughout the greater Washington, DC area.


Our team of experts specialize in sports medicine, hand and upper extremity surgery, podiatry, joint replacement, and physical therapy. With over 40 years of combined experience, our orthopedic practitioners treat acute injuries such as fractures and ligament tears as well arthritis and other chronic problems. Patients can feel confident that they’re getting the latest in advanced care from our three, board-certified, fellow-ship trained sub-specialist surgeons.  We pride ourselves on expert care provided in a friendly, patient-focused environment.

Our physicians work closely with in-house physical therapists to employ modern rehab techniques. If a patient needs surgical intervention, the orthopedists use the most minimally invasive, joint-preserving techniques available. Because the team focuses on advanced pain management and rehab, patients can expect to return to work, school, and even sports activities rapidly, with minimal discomfort. The clinic’s specialized athletic trainers and physical therapists work to ensure that each patient regains motion and strength while minimizing their risk of re-injury.


The mission of The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division is to provide the highest quality orthopedic care possible in an efficient, comfortable manner. With a customer service-oriented team, electronic health records, and online appointment booking, we strive to make all aspects of your recovery as smooth as possible.


Samuel has been a Physical Therapist for over 9 years. He was born and raised in Montgomery County. He graduated in 2007 with his BS from the University of Maryland, College Park. He went on receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Maryland, Eastern Shore in 2013.

Samuel has been working in outpatient orthopedics his entire career and enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions from strains and sprains to pre and post-operative patients. What Samuel loves most about his job is getting to know his patients well and to tailor treatments to get them back to the activities or functions they enjoy the most.

When he’s not in the clinic, he is spends his time with his wife and two sons, hiking, coaching soccer, and supporting the Terps.


Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Maryland Orthopedic Specialists, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
First Health
Johns Hopkins Health
United Healthcare
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