Carter Wallace Mitchell, MD| Orthopedic Sports Medicine | MedStar Health
Carter Wallace Mitchell

Carter Wallace Mitchell, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (1103 reviews)

Specialties: Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Languages: English


About me

Dr. Mitchell is the Director of Sports Medicine at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center. He is board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery as well as Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Mitchell specializes in arthroscopy and treats all types of sports injuries, including injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, and foot. Dr. Mitchell has specific training in the treatment of cartilage defects of the knee with articular cartilage implantation and meniscal transplantation.

Dr. Mitchell has a specific interest in the throwing athlete and has published on UCL reconstruction with Dr. James Andrews. Additionally, he has conducted biomechanical research on meniscal repair.

A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Mitchell graduated from St. Albans school. He attended Brown University and graduated with a degree in Law and Public Policy in 1997. He then conducted basic science research at the National Institutes of Health for a year before attending the Georgetown University School of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Mitchell continued at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for both his general surgery internship and his orthopaedic residency. After completing his orthopaedic training, Dr. Mitchell moved to Birmingham, Alabama to do a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine with Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Mitchell has worked with the Washington Nationals and DC United and is currently the team physician for several area high schools. He has been a team physician for the University of Alabama, the University of West Alabama, and the Birmingham Barons AA baseball team. Dr. Mitchell is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Mitchell has a special interest in in ACL injury prevetion and is the Founder and CEO of FitSense Inc. FitSense's mission is to  combine wearable technology with validated training protocols to revolutionize injury prevention, performance, and rehabilitation. 

Clinical areas of focus

  • Ankle Pain
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Pain
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendon Tear
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendonosis
  • Acromioclavicular Fracture
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis Of The Shoulder
  • Ankle Dislocation
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Impingement
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Pain
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Strain
  • Ankle Tendon Tear
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Anterior Tibialis Tendon Tear
  • Arm Fracture
  • Arm Injury
  • Arm Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of Knee
  • Athletic Pubalgia
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Arm
  • Bicep Injury
  • Bicep Pain
  • Bicep Tear
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Bucket Handle Meniscus Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Bursitis Of The Elbow
  • Bursitis, Subcutaneous Tendo Achilles
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Calf Muscle Injury
  • Calf Pain
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome
  • Chronic Muscle Injury
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Comminuted Fracture
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Compound Fracture
  • Dislocated Patella
  • Distal Radial Fracture
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Bone Spur
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fibula Fracture
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Pain
  • Foot Tendon Tear
  • Forearm Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastrocnemius Injury
  • Gluteal Injury
  • Gluteus Medius Tear
  • Hamstring Injury
  • Hip Abductor Tear
  • Hip Click
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Over Age 60
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome
  • Joint Dislocation
  • Jumper's Knee
  • Knee Clunk Syndrome
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Pain For Patients Aged Younger Than 60
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Leg Fracture
  • Leg Injury
  • Leg Pain
  • Ligament Injury
  • Ligament Tear
  • Locking Knee
  • Loose Body In The Knee
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury Of The Knee
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Multiple Ligament Knee Injury
  • Non Displaced Fracture
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Radius
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Ulna
  • Nonunion Fracture
  • Overuse Injury
  • Overuse Injury Of The Ankle
  • Paratenonitis
  • Patella Dislocation
  • Patella Injury
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Tendon Rupture
  • Patellofemoral Injury
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Pectoral Muscle Injury
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Injury
  • Peroneal Tendon Tear
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Persistent Pain After Orthopedic Surgery
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Tear
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • Proximal Ulnar Fracture
  • Quadrangular Space Syndrome
  • Quadriceps Injury
  • Radial Fracture
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Running Injury
  • Scapular Dyskinesis
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Sports Related Ankle Injury
  • Sports Related Foot Injury
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Stress Fracture Of The Radius
  • Stress Fractures
  • Synovial Chondromatosis
  • Tarsal Coalition
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Tendinitis Of The Wrist
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Throwing Injury
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tibial Spine Fracture
  • Tibial Tendonitis
  • Toe Fracture
  • Tricep Injury
  • Twisted Ankle
  • Ulnar Fracture
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression
  • Ulnar Nerve Injury
  • Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Wrist Dislocation
  • Wrist Pain
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Procedures I perform

  • Arthroscopy Of Elbow
  • Arthroscopy Of Hip
  • Damaged Knee Cartilage Removal
  • Knee Surgery
  • Meniscus Transplant
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Labral Tear Repair
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Total Knee Replacement, Age Greater Than 50
  • Total Knee Replacement, Age Less Than 50
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
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Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


Fax 410-354-2985

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18109 Prince Philip Drive
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Olney, MD, 20832


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  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Tricare East Select
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • United Student Resources
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • United Choice Plus
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • United Navigate
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • United Choice
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Kaiser Select
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Virginia Premier
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Cigna EPO
    • United Golden Rule
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • I-SNP
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Tricare East Prime
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • United Optimum Choice
    • Aetna HMO
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • D-SNP)
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO



Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Fellowship Program: American Sports Medicine Institute (2008)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2007)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2003)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2002)


  • Board-certified in General Orthopaedics
  • Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine 

News and publications

Mitchell C, Cain EL, Andrews JR. Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Elbow. Current Orthopaedic Practice. 19(6):596-601, November 2008.

 Mitchell C, Bolt B, Cain EL. Meniscal Anchors: How Many Do You Need? A Biomechanical Analysis of Ultra Fast Fix™ Anchor Spacing in Human Cadaveric Meniscal Tears. Poster Presentation: 2009 American Acadamy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

Kuo, C K; Christoforetti, J; Thompson, D; Clinton, C; Mitchell, C; Hawkins, M; Brockmeier, S; + Tuan, R S. A model for embryonic tendon wound healing in ovo. Poster; Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting. 2005

Ecelbarger CA. Kim GH. Terris J. Masilamani S. Mitchell C. Reyes I. Verbalis JG. Knepper MA. Vasopressin-mediated regulation of epithelial sodium channel abundance in rat kidney. American Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid & Electrolyte Physiology. 279(1):46-53, 2000 Jul.

· Wade JB. Lee AJ. Liu J. Ecelbarger CA. Mitchell C. Bradford AD. Terris J. Kim GH. Knepper MA. UT-A2: a 55-kDa urea transporter in thin descending limb whose abundance is regulated by vasopressin. American Journal of Physiology. 278(1):52-62, 2000 Jan.

Masilamani S. Kim GH. Mitchell C. Wade JB. Knepper MA. Aldosterone-mediated regulation of ENaC alpha, beta, and gamma subunit proteins in rat kidney. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 104(7):19-23, 1999 Oct.

 Kim GH. Ecelbarger CA. Mitchell C. Packer RK. Wade JB. Knepper MA. Vasopressin increases Na-K-2Cl cotransporter expression in thick ascending limb of Henle’s loop. American Journal of Physiology. 276(1 Pt 2):96-103, 1999 Jan

Kim GH. Masilamani S. Turner R. Mitchell C. Wade JB. Knepper MA. The thiazide-sensitive Na-Cl cotransporter is an aldosterone-induced protein. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 95(24):14552-7, 1998 Nov 24.

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  • Apr 23, 2024

    Dr Mitchell is very personable, patient, and thorough. He explained the main issues in my knee along with options. We agreed that arthroscopic surgery was the best option. He explained the process, the risks, and the PT follow-up. His assistant scheduled the surgery and explained the pre-op and anesthesia clearance process. Delightful people and a very well run practice.

  • Apr 18, 2024

    Excellent physician with great bed side manners

  • Apr 9, 2024

    Dr Mitchell was very caring, thorough and professional.