Dr. Daniel Valaik, MD

Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics  |  
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Age 51
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Dr. Daniel Valaik, MD
Daniel J. Valaik, M.D. is a board certified orthpaedic surgeon. He serves as an Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and practices at Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery, Bethesda, Maryland. His scope of practice includes joint preserving surgeries of the hip and knee, as well as Total Joint Replacement surgery. Dr. Valaik graduated with honors from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983. He then served as a Navy SEAL for 6 years, where he learned that, "The only easy day was yesterday." He went to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences for his medical school training and was elected into the AOA Medical Honor Society. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He went on to complete his fellowship in Total Joint Replacement Surgery at Johns Hopkins under the mentorship of world-renowned surgeon Dr. David S. Hungerford. Dr. Valaik rejoined the Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic team after 26 years of Naval Service. His last position in the military was serving as the Chief of the Orthopaedic Service at Walter Reed and the National Naval Medical Center. He states that his "finest hour" of military service was his last 6 years caring for the wounded warriors from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Valaik works closely with his surgeon partners as well as his dedicated physician assistant, Kevin Woodward, PA-C

6420 Rockledge Dr Ste 2200

Bethesda, MD 20817

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(240) 762-5100

Dr. Daniel Valaik, MD

Dr. Daniel Valaik, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
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Care Philosophy

Our practice seeks to provide patients with the finest care for their musculoskeletal conditions. We pride ourselves in maximizing the non-operative treatment options for all patients, before considering or suggesting surgical options.

We work closely with physical therapists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists and interventional pain management specialists to ensure that our patients have the best chance at recovering from a musculoskeletal condition before surgery is considered.

We also frequently refer patients to neurologists, physiatrists, rheumatologists and other specialists to gain their perspective and to provide patients with a multidisciplinary approach to their musculoskeletal condition.

For patients who have exhausted all other options and are found to be candidates for surgery, we utilize the latest technologies to provide our patients with the best surgical care possible.

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Dr. Valaik's Experience

Dr. Valaik's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine
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  • No board actions found


  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Preventive Medicine*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lupus
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Traumatic Arthropathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis


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  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Bursa Injection
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tendon and Bursa Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • U.S. Naval Academy
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Uniformed Services University Of The Health Science
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Naval Hospital Bethesda
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Valaik has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • International Congress for Joint Reconstruction, Member

Dr. Valaik's Reviews

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based on 41 total reviews (19 with comments)
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Dr. Valaik's Performance
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  • Office environment
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  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (19)
in Alexandria, VA |
I only have praise for Dr Valaik and his Assistant Kevin Woodward . A very positive experience. I have recommended him to others.
in Washington, DC |
Dr Valaik recently did my knee replacement at Suburban Hospital. I couldnt be happier with the experience. My incision healed very fast and my recovery time was about half as long as expected. If I ever need another joint replacement will definetly go back to Dr Valaik.
Potomac, MD |
Had knee replacement, surgery went well. After 6 months still have foot numbness and a limp. After several follow up visits did not receive much support or assistance to help me resolve my issues from this doctor. I guess if you don't fit the the mold then there is no other options. Going to get another opinion.
in Potomac, MD |
Good background. Did not explain much and reluctant to answer questions. I did not select him for joint replacement.
Washington, DC |
DO NOT GO TO THIS DR IN MY OPINION. I saw him for total hip surgery less than 5 months ago. I now walk with more pain and a noticeable limp. Before the surgery he told me my bone was very cystic and he would pack the cysts with my own bone. After the surgery he stated he did not pack the cystic bone. Before the surgery he stated he would do the more current "anterior approach" incision. After the surgery I noted a LONG "lateral incision". I am a cripple with bad him pain now. STAY AWAY!
Maryland |
Very disappointed with the outcome of my hip replacement and Dr. Valaik's refusal to return telephone calls. I would not recommend this physician.
in Silver Spring, MD |
Initially seems to move quickly but will answer any questions you may have until you have all the answers you want. In the hospital he will give you as much information as you want and or need. Everything he told me was on time and for me results were even better than what I had planned on.
in Stoney Beach, MD |
Dr. Daniel J. Valaik is the doctor I picked to preform my full Knee replacement. His expertise, background, and recommendations from others appealed to me. His bed side manner was a perfect fit, and that always makes me feel that he or she is a caring person. I thank Dr.Daniel J. Valaik for his high level of personal care . His staff was excellent.
in Baltimore, MD |
Rare combination of excellent physician and commendable person. Highly recommend both Dr. Valaik and his staff.
in Silver Spring, MD |
I would highly recommend Dr. Valaik to anyone contemplating hip surgery. He has a warm, pleasant personality and was very thorough in his examination. His surgical technique was supurb (I had hip replacement surgery): no post-surgical infection, a very clean and straight scar, and excellent recovery. Office support staff is equally courteous and helpful. No long waits in the doctors office.
in Fairfax |
I have been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years and I believe that Dr. Valaik is a thoughtful, caring, skilled physician who possesses that rare quality among doctors of his caliber - he is humble. He will refer a patient to another physician who he believes is better qualified to evaluate for a procedure. And let's face it - Dr. Valaik is easy on the eyes. Also like to include a shout out to Kevin Woodard, PA-C, the physician assistant working with Dr. Valaik: smart, skilled and kind.
in Bethesda, MD |
Dr. Valaik talks a good game, but unfortunately does not deliver. He did two hip replacements on my son - age 28 due to avascular necrosis. Both implants had to be redone within 24 months due to their being implanted incorrectly. My son has lived through hell as a result of the surgery Dr. Valaik did on him.
Dr. Valaik (and Kevin, his Physician Assistant) mean more to me than I can ever express. Like many of their patients, I drive for several hours for their expert care. They replaced both of my hip joints, and I am a strong, healthy, and fun person again. There is nothing that I cannot do now. I feel so blessed to be under their care. I want a family doctor like Dr. Valaik : )
in Washington, DC |
This Dr. is the best fit for any person who are will the follow instructions.
in Northern Va |
Like every other Ortho I've seen, if nothing on the imaging jumps out and bites him, he doesn't bother to look for what is actually causing the problem. He had a diagnostic hypothesis in mind, and when my history and symptoms didn't match his preconception, he literally walked away. I chose JHUH because I thought the doctors there might actually care, but I was wrong. Unless you already know what is wrong with you, then don't waste your time here.
Waldorf maryland |
I can't say enough about what a great doctor he is. After loosing my mother to knee replacement 6 months before mine, dr. Valaik took the time to discuss and help me understand about my own replacement. After many complications and 3 hospitalizations with my knee replacement, I would go to no other surgeon! I have to have my other knee replaced and refuse to go to anyone else.
in Bethesda, MD |
Dr. Valaik did an excellent job in diagnosing and treating my condition, and he has an excellent bedside manner.
Dumfries, VA |
Dr. Valaik is extremely knowledgeable about joint replacements. I think this is common in many doctors in the practice. What stands out for me though, is that Dr. Valaik lets you know immediately by his time, interaction, and communication skills that he cares about you, the patient. He takes time to address every question you may have. It is a joy to have him as my primary knee replacement doctor.
Chevy Chase, MD |
Dr. Valaik is the kind of doctor you alway hope to get, but rarely do. He is a caring, compassionate clinician who has gone out of his way to provide excellent care for 2 members of our family.
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Dr. Valaik accepts 32 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
    Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union WC
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Choice Advantage
    Blue Choice Network POS
    Blue Preferred PPO
    CareFirst Maryland POS
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • Coventry Health Care
    Group Plan PPO
  • Coventry Health Care of Delaware
    Coventry Health Care of Delaware HMO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • HealthSmart
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • Tricare
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  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Valaik has admitting privileges

Suburban Hospital
8600 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1800 Orleans St
Baltimore, MD 21287
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