Treatment of Athletic Injuries for all Skill Levels

Sports medicine specialists at GW Hospital can help you get off the sidelines and back into the game after an athletic injury such as a torn rotator cuff or ACL. We can help you prevent recurrent injuries, build your strength and reach your goal of peak physical performance.

Physicians work closely with a select group of specialized physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists who have advanced knowledge of sports injuries, including concussions, vestibular disorders and orthopedic injuries.

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Sports-Related Conditions

We offer surgical and non-surgical treatments for:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder instability
  • Throwing injuries
  • Elbow instability
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Patellar (kneecap) instability
  • Head injuries/concussions
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Hip injuries
  • Arm, wrist and hand injuries
  • Lower leg, ankle and foot injuries

Treating All Kinds of Athletes

As the official provider of sports medicine and rehabilitative services to The George Washington University, the healthcare team at GW Hospital provides individualized treatment and support for student athletes. In addition, anyone who participates in physical activity can look to the sports medicine program for assistance with:

  • Restoration of correct joint biomechanics and movement patterns
  • Strengthening and regaining of muscle balance and neuromuscular control and coordination
  • Integration of functional and skill-specific training in order to return to sports

Meet Our Physicians

Paul Geet
Geet Paul, MD
Dr. Paul is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine. He has a special interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries as well as providing non-operative care for neck and back pain.


Teresa Doerre

Teresa Doerre, MD
Dr. Doerre is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and knee surgery, arthroscopic surgery and orthopedic sports medicine. She treats patients for injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.


Marilyn Kraus

Marilyn Kraus, MD
Dr. Kraus is the Medical Director of the Concussion Clinic and is board certified in Brain Injury Medicine. She has over twenty years of experience, which includes clinical work, education and research. She has numerous research publications and lectures frequently on concussion.


Marc Chodos

Marc Chodos, MD
Dr. Chodos is an assistant professor of surgery at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He specializes in foot and ankle orthopedics, both nonoperative and surgical. He has strong interests in sports medicine and also foot and ankle reconstruction.


Zachary Zimmer

Zachary Zimmer, MD
Dr. Zimmer is a board-eligible orthopedic surgeon and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His surgical specialty focuses on conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow.


Our full sports medicine team includes specialists from:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Pain Services
  • Podiatry
  • Ortho – Foot/Ankle, Knee/Sports, Shoulder/Elbow
  • Physical Therapy
  • Metro Immediate and Primary Care
  • Occupational Health
  • Concussion Psychology
  • Athletic Training
  • Mid-level Providers

Preventing Injuries On and Off the Field

The sports medicine professionals can also provide you with injury prevention procedures. Orthopedic clinical specialists, certified hand therapists and certified athletic trainers can teach you ways to protect your body from injury. This may include:

Insights from Our Physicians

Prevention and Treatment of Common Injuries Suffered by the Non-professional Athlete

Orthopedic surgeon, Teresa Doerre, MD, tells listeners how to prevent and treat common injuries suffered by non-professional athletes.

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ACL Tears and Repairs

Rajeev Pandarinath, MD, talks about the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and who is most at risk for potential tears. He also discusses prevention techniques, assessment and diagnosis of ACL injury, rehab options and when surgery may be necessary.

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Treatments for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rajeev Pandarinath, MD, discusses the two types of rotator cuff injuries: traumatic rotator cuff tear, where the muscles are torn at once, and degenerative rotator cuff tear, where muscles have undergone a gradual wearing away. He also discusses symptoms and the many treatment options.

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