History of OrthoBethesda
A Half Century of Superb Care
- OrthoBethesda Physical Therapy was awarded The John Carroll Society Pro Bono Health Care Award for the free health care services provided by our therapists to the poor and homeless in the Archdiocese of Washington.
- Craig A. Miller, MD joined OrthoBethesda as our second sports medicine fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. A graduate of Tufts University, where he also played football, he then attended George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. where he graduated with honors. Dr. Miller completed an internship in general surgery at the New York University Medical Center, and an orthopaedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute in New York. He then went on to complete advanced fellowship training in sports medicine at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Since 2008, Dr. Miller has been an assistant team physician for the Washington Nationals.
- OrthoBethesda opened doors on a new space dedicated to joint surgery. The Washington Joint Institute offers the latest in innovative technologies to patients seeking arthroscopic procedures, partial joint replacement, minimally invasive joint replacement, or revision joint replacement surgery.
- Edward J. Bieber, MD was awarded The John Carroll Society Pro Bono Health Care Award for the free health care services he provided to the poor and homeless in the Archdiocese of Washington.
- Navin Sethi, MD joined OrthoBethesda as our second spine fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Sethi completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He then went on to complete a fellowship in spine surgery at the Emory Spine Center in Atlanta.
- Sridhar M. Durbhakula, MD joined the group as our second joint replacement fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon. A graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine, Dr. Durbhakula completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Albany Medical Center in New York. He then went on to complete a fellowship in total joint replacement at the world renowned Massachusetts General Hospital, in affiliation with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Durbhakula is the older brother of Mahidhar Durbhakula, MD, who has been in practice with OrthoBethesda since 2008.
- Robert R. Buber, MD joined OrthoTraumaBethesda as our second trauma fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon. A graduate of LaSalle University and the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine, Dr. Buber completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at SUNY Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY. He then went on to complete a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ.
- OrthoTraumaBethesda opened its doors in Suite 506 with the addition of Timothy Bhattacharyya, MD, the first trauma fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon to practice in Bethesda. A graduate of Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Dr. Bhattacharyya completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Boston University / Boston Medical Center. He then went on to complete a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Bhattacharyya assumed the role of Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Suburban Hospital and OrthoTraumaBethesda took over responsibility of the hospital’s orthopaedic call schedule.
- The practice’s renovation was complete in the spring of that year.
- The Joint Center at Suburban Hospital, under the leadership of Dr. Caulfield, performed 900 joint replacement surgeries over the course of the year.
- Therapy Services expanded again, doubling the square footage of Suite 210.
- The practice began a significant expansion and renovation project on the fifth floor as well. The business office moved to a new suite to allow for a larger waiting room and clinic. The conversion to Digital Radiography occurred that year to eliminate the time patients previously had spent waiting to have their X-ray taken.
- Mahidhar M. Durbhakula, MD joined the group. A graduate of Northwestern University, he continued his education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where he received a medical degree. He completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Durbhakula then completed a fellowship specializing in hand, wrist and elbow surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, in affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
- The practice opened a suite on the second floor to accommodate a larger staff of Physical and Occupational Therapists.
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase Orthopaedic Associates began trading as OrthoBethesda, a less cumbersome moniker, and a logo for the practice was crafted representing stylized surgeon hands.
- Christopher J. Cannova, MD joined the group. Following his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Cannova completed a fellowship in Joint Reconstruction at the Hospital for Special Surgery / Cornell University Medical Center in New York.
- Dr. Cattell retired at the end of that same year.
- B.C.C.O.A. expanded it’s footprint in the Camalier Building and opened a Therapy Services department.
- Suburban Hospital opened its Joint Center in June with Dr. J. Patrick Caulfield as its Medical Director.
- Andre R. Gazdag, MD joined the practice. A graduate of the University of California, Davis and Duke University Medical School, Dr. Gazdag trained in orthopaedic surgery at the UCLA Medical Center and subsequently completed a Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.
- Kurt C. Schluntz, MD joined the group. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Schluntz received his orthopaedic training at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program and completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute under Dr. James Andrews.
- Ira D. Fisch, MD joined the practice. A graduate of Queens College and Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Fisch trained in orthopaedic surgery at the Montefiore / Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and received spine training at the Spinecare / St. Mary’s / Stanford Combined Spine Fellowship Program.
- B.C.C.O.A had outgrown its Cedar Lane offices and moved to it’s present location in the Camalier Building on Fernwood Road in Bethesda.
- Drs. Kindred and McNamara retired due to health reasons.
- Edward J. Bieber, MD joined the practice. Board certified in both Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Surgery, Dr. Bieber attended Yale University and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Bieber was the first fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon in Bethesda.
- Later the same year, Hereward S. Cattell, MD and Lewis A. Ottenritter, MD joined Drs. Bieber and Caulfield, incorporating as Bethesda-Chevy Chase Orthopaedic Associates (B.C.C.O.A). Interestingly, this fortuitous acronym corresponded with the first letters in each of the founding partners’ last names.
- Dr. Spicer retired to Lewes, Delaware.
- Suburban Hospital established the Montgomery County Regional Trauma Center with Drs. Caulfield, Kindred, McNamara, and Spicer serving as the primary orthopaedic surgeons.
- The practice expanded to four orthopaedic surgeons with the arrival of William A. McNamara, MD Dr. McNamara had previously served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve.
- J. Patrick Caulfield, MD joined the practice after serving two years on active duty as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve during the Vietnam War. A native of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Dr. Caulfield graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine, completing his orthopaedic residency there in 1970. On October 6, 1972, Dr. Caulfield performed Suburban Hospital’s first ever total hip replacement. To date, over 10,000 joint replacements have been completed at Suburban. Dr. Caulfield has been featured in every Top Doctors issue of The Washingtonian Magazine since its inception.
- The practice formed when Robert G. Kindred, MD and Robert F. Spicer, MD combined their solo orthopaedic practices in a single office at the Georgetown Doctors’ Park on West Cedar Lane in Bethesda, Maryland.