Christopher Ernst Attinger, MD| Wound Care, Limb Lengthening And Reconstructive Surgery | MedStar Health

Christopher Ernst Attinger, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (610 reviews)

Specialties: Wound Care, Limb Lengthening And Reconstructive Surgery, Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Surgical Wound Care

Languages: French, Spanish, German, English

202-444-0300

About me

Christopher E. Attinger, MD, is board certified plastic surgeon, located at our MedStar Georgetown University Hospital location. Dr. Attinger is Director of the Center for Wound Healing and Professor for our MedStar Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Department.

His experience during his two tours of duty in the Vietnam War led Dr. Attinger to his career in medicine. The complexity and challenges of healing wounds while preserving function is the key to his continued focus within reconstructive surgery and wound care.

As a wound care specialist and surgeon, he focuses on using limb-saving techniques and amputation to give patients the ability to take full advantage of their physical capabilities.

He leads a team that specializes in preventing and treating lower extremity complications caused by trauma, vascular disease, and Diabetes. The team includes Vascular, Plastic, Podiatric and Orthopedic Surgeons, as well as Prosthetitists, Hyperbarists, Hospitalists, Rheumatologists, Dermatologists and Infectious Disease specialists, who provide seamless care and expertise that is tailored to returning patients to their optimal function.

Read details about Dr. Attinger's background and accomplishments.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Amputation Above The Knee Surgery
  • Amputation Below The Knee Surgery
  • Amputation Of The Foot Surgery
  • Complex Wound Management
  • Diabetic Foot Infection
  • Diabetic Limb Salvage
  • Diabetic Ulcer
  • Flap Surgery
  • Foot Wound
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Limb Salvage
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Non Healing Wound
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Skin Graft
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Compromised Skin Grafts
  • Compromised Tissue Flaps
  • Diabetic Foot Infection
  • Diabetic Ulcer
  • Foot Ulcer
  • Foot Wound
  • Frostbite
  • Frostbite Of Toes
  • Joint Infection
  • Leg Ulcers
  • Leg Wound
  • Non Healing Wound
  • Orthopedic Infections
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteonecrosis Of The Hip
  • Phantom Limb
  • Pressure Ulcer
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection Of The Hip
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection Of The Knee
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Procedures I perform

  • Amputation Above The Knee Surgery
  • Amputation Below The Knee Surgery
  • Amputation Of The Foot Surgery
  • Complex Wound Management
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Diabetic Limb Salvage
  • Flap Surgery
  • Limb Salvage
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Musculocutaneous Flap
  • Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
  • Skin Graft
  • Wound Care
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Bles Bldg
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-9686

Fax 202-444-0300

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Fax 202-444-0300

Insurance

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
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • 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)
    • CFBCBS EPO
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open HMO
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Open POS II
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA EPO
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Tricare Prime
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • United Student Resources
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • First Health PPO
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery

Residency Program: New York University Medical Center (1989)

Fellowship Program: Brigham and Womens Hospital (1987)

Residency Program: Brigham and Womens Hospital (1986)

Internship Program: Brigham and Womens Hospital (1982)

Medical School: Yale University (1981)

News and publications

MyGeorgetownMD - Health Newsletter (Winter 2017) Novel Heel Surgery Saves Patient's Foot for the Across the Bay 10K

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.8
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.8
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.8
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.8
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.8
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • Dec 14, 2023

    Dr Attinger was outstanding. Took the time to listen to my concerns and answer all of my questions. Couldn't ask for a better provider

  • Dec 4, 2023

    Dr. Attinger is one of the most caring doctors I've ever met. He is extremely concerned about each patient as I have a friend who was being treated by him at the same time.

  • Nov 16, 2023

    Dr. Attinger is excellent and listens. He is very caring.