Ali Rahnama Vaghef, DPM| Podiatry, Foot And Ankle Surgery | MedStar Health

Ali Rahnama Vaghef, DPM
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.6 out of 5 (351 reviews)

Specialties: Podiatry, Foot And Ankle Surgery

Languages: Farsi, English


About me

Dr. Ali Rahnama, DPM, is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rahnama sees patients for all conditions of the foot and ankle, with a special focus on reconstructive surgery as well as minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery for the treatment of athletic injuries, which include ligamentous and tendon injuries as well as fractures of the ankle, talus, calcaneus, and Lisfranc joint. Dr. Rahnama also treats and specializes in diabetic Charcot reconstruction of the lower extremity.

He is certified in the STAR Total Ankle Replacement System, the Cadence Total Ankle Replacement System, and the Wright Infinity Total Ankle Replacement System and has completed the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy course.

Dr. Rahnama’s clinical interests include sports-related injuries, fracture management, Charcot reconstruction, bunion and hammertoe correction, and first metatarsal phalangeal joint arthritis. His research interests include elective surgery in the diabetic population and exploring novel techniques for hallux valgus (bunion) surgery. He is dedicated to utilizing techniques that allow patients to get back on their feet as soon as possible without compromising care.

Dr. Rahnama completed his medical schooling at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine before completing a three-year surgical residency in foot and ankle surgery at the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He then completed a one-year specialty fellowship in traumatic and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery with Kaiser - The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Inc. in Atlanta, where he performed more than 1,000 surgical procedures.

Dr. Rahnama lives locally with his wife, who is undergoing her medical training in Washington, DC. They enjoy outdoor activities as well as trying new and different foods when they can.

Philosophy of Care

“Individualized treatment plans and patient-focused treatment are what provide the best results for patients, as each case is unique to that person and their body. A patient who is educated on their condition is best prepared to make informed decisions together with their doctor, allowing them to put together a plan of action that’s best suited for them. Despite the comprehensive nature of my surgical training, I’m an advocate for conservative treatment options if and when they’re appropriate. I don’t only operate because I’m a surgeon. I do what’s best for the patient. If something can be managed and treated conservatively without surgery, that’s what I’ll try every single time.”

Clinical areas of focus

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Diabetic Foot Infection
  • Foot Injury
  • Foot Pain
  • Hammer Toe
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sports Related Foot Injury
  • Toe Fracture
  • Wound Care
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Achilles Tendon Tear
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Bunion
  • Charcot Foot
  • Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
  • Diabetic Foot Infection
  • Foot Arthritis
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Injury
  • Foot Pain
  • Hammer Toe
  • Heel Pain
  • Ligament Injury
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sports Related Foot Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Toe Fracture
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Procedures I perform

  • Ankle Joint Replacement
  • Arthroscopy Of Ankle
  • Correction Of Bunion
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Hammer Toe Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Surgery
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Wound Care
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Practice locations

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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB 5000
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-8010

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1120 20th Street Northwest
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Washington, DC, 20036


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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB 3400
Washington, DC, 20010


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MedStar Health accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Health, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Open HMO
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Open POS II
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Network OA
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus


Board Certification: American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery

Board Certification: American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery

Fellowship Program: Northside Hospital Atlanta (2018)

Residency Program: Wayne State University Hospitals (2017)

Medical School: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (2014)

News and publications

Zeeshan S. Husain, Ali Rahnama-Vaghef; Staged Surgical Management of Open Navicular Fracture Secondary to a Gunshot Injury. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 1 May 2021; 111 (3): Article_21. doi:

Black AT, Stowers JM, Tenley J, Hu CY, Eshetu T, Spielfogel WD, Katchis SD, RahnamaVaghef A, Weiner LS. The Association Between Lateral Radiographs and Axial Computed Tomography of Posterior Malleolar Fractures as a Tool for Predicting Medial Malleolar Extension: A Multi-Center Retrospective Analysis. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2021 Mar 10:S1067-2516(21)00080-6. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2021.03.002. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33785238.

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  • Dec 15, 2023

    Dr. Ali Rahnama is the best surgeon.. He treat me well, explained every details , and he asked any question from me before leaving the room..

  • Dec 11, 2023

    Good first appointment!

  • Nov 16, 2023

    No bad experience