Dr. Francis X. McGuigan, MD

Dr. Francis X. McGuigan, MD


Orthopedic Surgery | Male | 56 years old

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Dr. Francis Xavier McGuigan joined the Orthopedic Department of Georgetown University in September 2006. Dr. McGuigan is a Professor of...Read more

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Patient Reviews (29)
in Waldorf, MD |
Dr. McGuigan is incredible. He is an intelligent, kind, and thorough surgeon who has a fantastic staff working alongside him. My cousin recommended Dr. McGuigan to me after he had a successful surgery on his foot. I am grateful for the recommendation because Dr. McGuigan was (and continues to be) one of the best Doctors I have encountered (which is a lot!). You will indeed be fortunate if you have an opportunity to cross paths with Dr. McGuigan.
in Arlington, VA |
I love running and after my last 5K, my foot was in considerable pain. I made an appointment with Dr. McGuigan and was quite impressed with his demeanor and his familiarity with my condition. He put my mind at ease that the out-patient surgery would correct the problem. The follow-ups were informative as my injury was healing nicely and as he expected. It's been 4 months since the surgery and my foot is back to normal! Am looking forward to my next 5K!
in Potomac, MD |
Dr. McGuigan is an amazing miracle worker who saved my son! I had taken him to 18 doctors over 2 years before we met him. We had been to every specialist in the DMV plus Baltimore & even DE to see "the best of the best!" My son had endured multiple injections, months of PT, been told the pain was in his head and to suck it up. Dr. McGuigan listened to us, explored all possibilities and realized it had to be scar tissue in his ankle joint and operated. My son is healthy and playing sports daily!
in Warrenton, VA |
Friendly and informative, the surgery itself was a great success. I could feel a difference in the way my foot handled, and it works perfectly now. He was very helpful in explaining any questions I had and was very patient when asked questions, even if they seemed obvious. Highly recommended.
in Upper Marlboro, MD |
He was absolutely wonderful. Had a very bad injury. Did a great job with my repair. Almost back to 100%
in Gaithersburg, MD |
Very kind and down to earth humble person. Dr. McGuigan inform me about everything regarding Achilies tendron repair before and after the surgery. Everything went well exactly as he explain and I am now back on my both feet recovering very well thanks for Dr. McGuigan. I am blessed to have him as a surgeon on my foot. I recommend Dr. McGuigan to everyone. Thank you and God bless you Dr. McGuigan
in Potomac, MD |
Dr.McGuigan was very professional and listened to what I wanted from my surgical experience. I've had many foot surgeries and many bad experiences as this was a re-do of a surgery with poor results. In layman terms, the big toe on right foot was going off in a different direction than the other 4 and wearing any kind of shoe was very painful. Dr. McGuigan was able to straighten the toe and manipulate the soft tissue to adhere to the bone for a pleasing and pain free appearance. Thank you
in Bethesda, MD |
Dr. McGuigan did excellent surgery on both of my feet. Prior to the surgery, Dr. McGuigan explained about the surgery and answered any questions that I had. There were no problems after the surgery and my healing and recovery went very well. I have no pain in both of my feet now and very glad that I can now walk and wear shoes without pain. I am thankful to Dr. McGuigan for his excellent surgery and his medical care and I would positively recommend Dr. McGuigan to others.
in Waldorf, MD |
I had problems with a joint in my foot and saw a local orthopedist for 3 months and nothing helped. They had my diagnosis completely off, so I headed to trusty Georgetown Hospital. Dr McGuigan looked at my MRI, had higher quality X Rays done in office my first visit. He poked around, diagnosed and had me set up for surgery first visit. He gets to the point and doesn't waste time. He performed my surgery arthroscopically which speed recuperation time and pain.
in Olney, MD |
Definately recommend this surgeon. Foot injury Nov 7 2015 from low speed moto crash resulted in crushed / fractured heelbone and small fragments, displaced fracture of cuboid bone, & non displaced fracture of talus. Total ; fractured in 3 places/3 bones. The surgery involved 5 pins & screws, bone graft and bone marrow extraction. i didn't think I'd ever walk normally but I do. Rode mountain bike 84 miles in August '16. I'm amazed, He knows what he is doing. I recommend him.
in Waldorf ,MD |
We were referred by our local orthopedist due to the type of injury our son had to his ankle. Dr McGuigan knew how to fix it. Surgery went well. He over promised my sons recovery time. He healed quickly and is cleared a month early then anticipated to go back to playing soccer. Dr. McGuigan explained everything clearly. Stressed to my son compliance to his restricts so he can recover properly. Which worked. He's currently pain free with full range of motion. I think Dr McGuigan did a great job
in Washington, DC |
I have already recommended Dr. McGuigan to a colleague! He was knowledgeable, patient, and due to his conservative and practical approach, saved me a lot of time, money and pain. He was able to spot subtleties in my injury that other doctors at Georgetown did not notice or mention, allowing me to make an informed decision about my care. Many thanks to him and his staff!
in Rockville, MD |
I needed a 2nd opinion to remove a painful neuroma surgically. I expected Dr. McGuigan to concur with my podiatrist. He looked, said I did not need surgery and left the room, returning with a pad placed behind the neuroma. This pad was going to override surgery? Nah! He was quite confident this pad would do the trick. So I put the pad onto the sole of my sneaker, put it on and was, and still am, incredulous. To accompany his expertise is a congenial doctor, qualities we seek but rarely find
in Washington, DC |
As first time broken my ankle and have surgery, Dr. McGuigan take the time to make me feel safe any moment.... even after my surgery, he call me on Sunday of the Super Bowl to ask me how i fell, my surgery when very well and am very please with the final result. Any future situation in my life, i will trust him on any moment. thank you so much for the well take care of my ankle and myself, and to all the staff for excellent professionalism.
in Washington, DC |
Appointment time is always respected. He answers all questions; not an alarmist During snow storm he was only person there and handled all aspects of my appointment
Mc Lean, VA |
Treatment was excellent. I appreciated the quick availability of Dr. McGuigan, including for surgery. He informed me very good about the recovery process and its duration and was very pleasant during my visits, providing a relaxed atmosphere as much as possible.
in Silver Spring, MD |
Dr, McGuigan is very personable and a very experienced clinician.
in Waldorf, MD |
Dr McGuigan did my 3rd surgery on my right great toe. My first 2 surgeries were not so successful (Dr McGuigan did NOT do my first 2 surgeries) but my 3rd was a total success and I owe all to him. I would highly recommend Dr McGuigan.
in Newburg Maryland 20664 |
My experience with Dr McGuigan was excellent and him and his staff was always very respectful and professional. I have been telling my family and friends about him and letting them know that if they need some type of knee, hip or foot surgery to go and see him.
in Charlotte Hall, MD |
Dr. McGuigan has operated on both my knees and ankle. He fixed me all three times.The ankle was complicated and I suffered for years.I now walk normal.The pain is gone and I cannot be happier. He also worked on my husband and we recommend him to everyone. Dr. McGuigan listened to me, answered all my questions and showed me pictures of what he was going to do in detail. I did everything he told me to do and got 100% results. I trust him so I am not afraid of surgery.
in Silver Spring, MD |
This doctor not only care for is profession but most important for his patients. He listens to you and your worries about the surgery and explain to you what is going to happen good or bad but in a way that you can trust him. Very caring and loving person. I love him as a super Doctor.
Rockville, MD |
Had a specific plan for surgical intervention on my ankle which made sense to me, spent considerable time outlining the plan for me. Prior orthopedist had said he would decide during surgery what to do and could not be specific about recommendations. Also it helped that my ankle healed this timea fter surgery
in Oxon Hill, MD |
Dr. McGuigan is an excellent doctor with a lot of patience. He performed surgery on my right knee and I've had great results. I've had a positive experience and I highly recommended Dr. McGuigan.
Arlington, VA |
He's patient, thorough, and committed, and a talented surgeon.
in Arlington, VA |
Dr. McGuigan did extensive repair on my achilles (Haglund's deformity) and it was a total success. The pain and disability I lived with for 10 years is mostly gone. Everything went smoothly - including a visit to the hospital to review the incision & get a cast in the wake of the biggest snowstorm we had in nearly a century. I am looking forward to returning now to playing squash.
Annapolis, MD |
Excellent physician! I have been seeing Dr McGuigan for 8 years and he has always been professional, informative, and personable. Dr McGuigan did a bilateral total knee replacement in 2008 and in 2016 my knees are still going strong. Dr McGuigan performed reconstructive foot surgery to correct a collapsed arch with an over pronated foot (resulting from my previously bad knees) in 2014 and I'm very happy with the results. Dr McGuigan is thorough, detailed and highly skilled. Highly recommended!
in Brookeville, MD |
Great surgeon. Excellent surgical skills, and the entire team at the GUH foot and ankle center are the best anywhere.
in Washington, DC |
Dr. McGuigan performed ankle replacement surgery to stabilize an ankle that had been sprained badly. I feel confident in his advice. He is not quick to recommend surgery unless he believes its benefits will outweigh the risks and is confident of an excellent result. He told me that he could take my ankle back to where it was before my injury. He did. I am still healing, but well on my way to full activity. He is kind, friendly, easygoing, and takes time with his patients. Highly recommend.
in Olney, MD |
Dr. McGuigan was very professional, kind and compassionate and did a great job at repairing the split tendon in my foot. I have full confidence in him and his team and he's the one to go to for foot and/or ankle surgery!
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Dr. Francis Xavier McGuigan joined the Orthopedic Department of Georgetown University in September 2006. Dr. McGuigan is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and excels in academic and clinical practice with expertise in the treatment of knee, foot and ankle disorders. He also serves as the assistant residency director. He is a clinical staff member at the National Institute of Health. He is the author of over twenty peer reviewed journal articles and has been a peer reviewer for three orthopedic publications.

Dr. Mcguigan was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Virginia. He graduated from Georgetown Medical School and completed his orthopedic training at Oakland Naval Hospital. Following orthopedic residency training he completed fellowships in total joint replacement surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and foot and ankle surgery at Union Memorial Hospital. He served as Department Chairman at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and Orthopedic Consultant to the White House and Pentagon. Recently he served as the Orthopedic Research Director at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. The final three years of his naval career involved the advanced trauma care and limb salvage of United States Marines injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dr. McGuigan's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in District of Columbia not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bunion
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hammer Toe
  • Heel Spur
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Stress Fracture of Foot


  • Medical School
    Georgetown University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1986

  • Internship Hospital
    Oakland Naval Hospital

    Completed in 1987

  • Residency Hospital
    Oakland Naval Hospital

    Completed in 1993

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Thomas Jefferson University

    Completed in 1994

    Union Memorial Hospital

    Completed in 1997

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of Virginia

    Graduated in 1982

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Achilles Tenotomy
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open