Raymond Thal, MD


Raymond Thal, MD

Dr. Thal is an orthopaedic surgeon, sub-specializing in sports medicine & arthroscopic surgery.   He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) and has earned the distinguished Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (CAQSM).  Through his renowned career, Dr. Thal has been recognized as a leader in orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, specializing in shoulder, knee & elbow injuries and disorders.  He has been an orthopaedic consultant for numerous professional, collegiate, and scholastic teams, including serving as the Head Team physician for the Washington Football Team (formerly Washington Redskins) from 2000-2008. In an April 2005 press conference, Hall of Fame NFL Coach Joe Gibbs said, “I can honestly say there isn’t a medical team out there that’s as capable as we have in talking about Ray Thal, Tony Casolaro and Jim Andrews. Those are some of the top people in sports medicine.”   In 2021, Dr. Thal joined OrthoBethesda in establishing the Washington Sports Medicine Institute.  He is excited to collaborate with the world-class sports medicine specialists at OrthoBethesda, with plans to build a state-of-the-art, Sports Medicine Center of Excellence in Tysons, Virginia.

Dr. Thal has been extremely active in orthopaedic innovation and has become internationally recognized for his significant technological developments.  He holds 18 United States patents and 26 international patents for medical devices and instruments he has invented, including the world’s first Knotless Suture Anchor. Because of these unique orthopaedic advances, Dr. Thal has served as a renowned guest speaker and visiting surgeon throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.  Dr. Thal expanded his involvement in medical innovation with the 2020 establishment of Thal Innovations, LLC.  He is passionate in his belief that medical breakthroughs can have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life. Dr. Thal is actively developing new medical technology, consulting for established orthopaedic companies & advising medical start-ups in various stages of development.

Dr. Thal has authored numerous scientific articles and chapters and has conducted research on various sports medicine topics. Dr. Thal remains active in several national orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopy organizations and is currently a member of the Communications and Technology Committee for the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).  He has previously served on the Health Policy Committee, Communications Committee, and Learning Center Committee for this organization. From 2010 to 2012, Dr. Thal served as one of only two Virginia representatives to the Council of Delegates to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He has served on the Clinical Committee on Sports Medicine for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He has been voted a “Top Doctor” by Washingtonian Magazine.

Originally from Commack, New York, Dr. Thal earned his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in 1984 followed by an internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery. His lifelong athletic involvement, including playing collegiate baseball, led him to pursue a career in orthopaedic sports medicine. Following his orthopaedic training, he completed a 1-year subspecialty fellowship program in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Orthopaedic Research of Virginia in Richmond.


Shoulder, knee, and elbow


Dr. Thal performs surgery at Reston Surgery Center, Surgical Specialty Center of Mid-Atlantic, and Reston Hospital Center



Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Maywood, Illinois



Orthopaedic Research of Virginia

Richmond, Virginia


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact Details

Dr. Thal holds clinic in both Arlington, VA and Bethesda, MD – please inform a representative when scheduling an appointment if you’d prefer a particular location.

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Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

I went to go see Dr. Thal about my Tennis elbow and he was great. He gave me a brace to wear when I worked out and told me to tone it down a bit on the weight. I haven’t had any problems since and no longer have to wear the brace after 4 months. He also took the time to look at the bursitis…

- ET

Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

Dr Thal is fantastic! Top surgeon in his field, personable and eager to answer all questions, and excellent staff

- CB

Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

Dr Thal performed rotator cuff surgery on me in early May. I am nearly fully recovered after phsical therapy, and have close to 100% utilization of my arm with only slight weakness after 4.5 months. Great repair job

- JO

Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

Dr. Thal explains everything thoroughly and spends good time with patients. He is willing to accomodate surgery date conflicts and has performed successful surgeries on several of our family members.

- KL

Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

Dr. Thal did reconstructive surgery on my shoulder and did a fantastic job. He was up front and informative on what the issue was and how the procedure would go. The surgery went as smooth as possible and I was able to make a full recovery.

- RT

Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

Dr. Thal is the greatest. He is extremely knowledgeable, is patient, open to answering all questions and explains everything in layman’s terms. Thanks, Doctor!

- JO

Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

Dr. Thal is the best! He’s very thorough in explaining what procedure will be done and what to expect. He has treated me in the past for a different problem and I had excellent results. I expect to have similar results in this new procedure because of his experience and excellence.

- MC

Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

Dr. Thal has performed surgery on both of my shoulders. The first surgery was 100% successful so I did not hesitate to use him again for my second surgery. It has been only 10 days since surgery and I understand the long difficult recovery and rehab that goes with this surgery.

- NK

Dr. Raymond Thal Testimonial

Dr Thal did a hamstring reconstruction on my ACL 2008 that has stood the test of time (and lots of sports activities)

- AW

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