Dr. Daniel Valaik, MD

Dr. Daniel Valaik, MD

Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 52
Dr. Daniel Valaik, MD is a joint replacement & reconstruction orthopedic specialist in Bethesda, MD and has been practicing for 25 years. He graduated from Uniformed Services University Of The Health Science in 1993 and specializes in joint replacement & reconstruction orthopedics and undersea & hyperbaric medicine.Read his story

6420 Rockledge Dr Ste 2200

Bethesda, MD 20817

Contact Information

(240) 762-5100

Insurance Accepted

  • 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
  • 23 More

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Top Care Areas

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Knee Disorders
very high
more than 96% of peers
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
very high
more than 93% of peers
very high
more than 93% of peers

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Dr. Valaik's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Valaik "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"
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Valaik "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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2  Specialties

  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine

2  Board Certifications

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

77  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • 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
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • 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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33  Procedures

  • 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 and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • 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 and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Tendon and Bursa Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Maryland.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • 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

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Valaik to family and friends
49 total reviews (26 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (49)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Valaik's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
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Patient Comments (26)

Dr. Valaik performed a total hip replacement surgery for me. The results were perfect and my recovery has been uneventful, far better and less painful than I could have hoped for. Also he's a very nice, patient, compassionate man who inspires confidence. Zero complaints. Six stars.
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I had both of my knees replaced on February 21, 2018. I am only nine weeks out, but walking more than a mile without aide, using a recumbent bike and experiencing very little pain at this point. I also have very little scarring. I am so impressed by Dr. Valaik's surgical skills and his P.A....more
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I had total knee replacement surgery with Dr Valiak in December 2017. I cannot say enough good things about him. He was complete and thorough explaining my condition and the options available. When I decided to have the surgery, I knew that I was in the good hands of a highly skilled surgeon. ...more
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Dr. Valaik is a fine doctor. He replaced both of my knees. He told me what to expect and was readily available for questions. After each surgery he made himself available to my family to let them know how things went. He is a professional and a surgeon who does a damn fine job. I would highly...more
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Great doctor who really cares about people. I trust him explicitly. I have needed several operations and have consulted with him about each surgery. The information he provided was clear and very helpful. He set up my surgery based on my concerns and needs. Very, very caring.
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