Dr. Michael Kessler, MD

Dr. Michael Kessler, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 38
(26)
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Dr. Michael Kessler, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery doctor who practices in Washington, DC. He is 38 years old and has been practicing for 12 years. Read his story

3800 Reservoir Rd NW

Washington, DC 20007

Contact Information

(855) 463-3316

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • 3 More

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Limb Pain
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Dr. Kessler's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kessler "Not all patients who come to my office require surgery. However, they all require well thought out, respectful, and individualized care. During the course of an office visit, we will come to understand the nature of their problem or injury, its anatomic basis, and its effect on the individual's activities. Nonoperative treatment is often sufficient and is begun at that first office visit. When surgery is indicated, it is tailored to the individual, their underlying diagnosis, and the demands of their daily lives. Maximizing function, minimizing recovery time, and assuring a durable reconstruction remain the goals for all of my patients whether they be avid gardeners, or professional athletes."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kessler "Michael W. Kessler, MD MPH, is the Chief of Hand and Elbow Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.  A highly skilled and board-certified surgeon, he completed his residency at North Shore/LIJ in New Hyde Park, NY. He then completed a hand and upper extremity fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he gained specialized training in the surgical and nonsurgical management of various hand and upper extremity conditions.

Dr. Kessler has cared for a variety of professional sports organizations, including the New Jersey Devils, Assoc. of Tennis Professionals, Philadelphia Phillies and Flyers. Dr. Kessler currently is the hand surgeon for the Georgetown University Athletic Department and DC United.

Dr. Kessler has received multiple awards for his research, including the prestigious Boyes Award from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  Dr. Kessler was named a "Top Doctor" by Washingtonian Magazine in 2015, 2016, and 2017."

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Adult Orthopedic Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
  • Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery of the Hand
  • Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Finger
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Arthropathy Associated With Bacterial Disease
  • Arthropathy Associated With Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Bennett's Fracture
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Colles' Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Compound Fracture
  • Crystal Arthropathy
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Distal Radius Fracture
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Fractured Lower Leg
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Pain
  • Hemophilic Arthropathy
  • Hernia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Fracture
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Cancer
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Lupus
  • Monoarthropathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuropathic Arthropathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Finger Joint
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthropathy
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Ankle Fractures
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Polyarthropathy
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis of Hand and Wrist
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Seronegative Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Simple Fractures
  • Spina Bifida
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Traumatic Arthropathy
  • Trigger Finger
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
  • Wrist Disorders
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain

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Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Fracture Repair
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritic Hand Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Congenital Hand Surgery
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Debridement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dupuytren's Contracture Injection
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Endoscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Excision of Metacarpal and Carpal
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fusion
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Neuroplasty
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of Hip Fracture
  • Reconstructive Hand Surgery for Quadriplegic Persons
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Wrist Joint Reconstruction
  • Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Wrist Joint Replacement
  • Simple Fracture Care and Casting
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tendon Surgery
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Ligament Reconstruction
  • Wrist Reconstruction
  • Wrist Replacement
  • Wrist Surgery

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Background Check

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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.

Education

  • Sophie Davis School Of Biomedical Education
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 2002
  • Albany Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 2005
  • North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2010
  • Philadelphia Hand Ctr-Thomas Jefferson U
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2011
  • Mailman School Of Public Health, Columbia University
    Other Education | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kessler has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Kessler's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kessler to family and friends
3.7
based on 26 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Kessler's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
in Alexandria, VA |
I'm thankful to have met and been treated by Dr. Kessler, who I first saw as an emergency walk-in patient the day before Thanksgiving. Reassuring and knowledgeable, he mended my left thumb and said it would heal properly. I mentioned numbness and pain in my right hand. He ordered nerve tests that revealed severe carpal tunnel, x-rays showed stage 4 arthritis, surgery was recommended. He answered many questions, called to check on me, advised best med schedule to keep ahead of pain. Clone him!
in Washington, DC |
After 2 previous lessthen successful surgeries performed by other Dr.'s, I was not extremely thrilled at first to meet the man who'd be performing my 3rd surgery. My elbow was in a lot of pain, deformed from previous surgeries, and I have heard it all. But, regardless, I gave Dr. Kessler a chance and put my confidence in him. Sure enough, to my surprise the surgery this time around went fantastic! It's been 2 months and I have had no pain at all with almost full movement returned! ThnxDrKessler!
in Washington, DC |
Dr. Kessler is the preeminent surgeon in hand/wrist surgery and Chief of Georgetown Orthopaedic Institute. I'm delighted with the outcome of my hand surgery, as the hand was painful and deformed from osteoarthritis. Pain is gone-post-surgery range of motion is greater than anticipated. He is attentive to patient concerns, explains surgical procedures and monitors progress post-surgery by consultation with Occupational Therapist. It has been a privilege to be Dr. Kessler's patient. Very pleased!
in N Bethesda, MD |
Dr. Kessler exemplifies assured, competent professionalism. He explained in detail why surgery was the best approach to addressing my advanced thumb and forefinger issues. He clarified beforehand (both on early visit and on the day of) how surgery would proceed, and included family members, who could ask questions of their own. I am very pleased with the results: just 10 weeks after surgery functionality is better than before the surgery, and pain is mostly non-existent.
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Dr. Kessler accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    HealthKeepers Plus POS
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
    Carelink HMO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
    GEHA
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
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Hospitals where Dr. Kessler has admitting privileges

Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
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