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 (196 reviews)

Specialities: Podiatry, Foot And Ankle Surgery

Languages: 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
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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
  • Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Surgery
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Practice locations

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1120 20th Street Northwest
Front 1
Washington, DC, 20036


Fax 202-877-8010

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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB 5000
Washington, DC, 20010


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3301 New Mexico Avenue Northwest
Suite 248
Washington, DC, 20016


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

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus


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.

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Sep 22, 2022

    Dr. Rahnama showed great concern and very knowledgeable about my condition. He encouraged follow up with spine surgeon and primary car asap.

  • Sep 1, 2022

    Patient, friendly, answered all my questions.

  • Aug 26, 2022