Christopher Lee Forthman, MD
Provider accepts MedStar Select insurance

4.4 out of 5 (112 reviews)

Specialities: Shoulder And Elbow Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Surgery

Languages: English

(410) 821-5943

About me

Dr. Forthman trained in orthopaedic surgery at Harvard and cultivated a great interest in surgery of the entire upper extremity. His specialties are; arthroscopic treatment of shoulder disorders (e.g. rotator cuff tears and instability), shoulder and elbow joint replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, complex fractures of the shoulder, elbow and wrist and reconstructive surgery.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cts
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Flexor Tendon Repair
  • Hand Arthritis
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fracture
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Total Shoulder Replacement Reversal Surgery
  • Wrist Fracture
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormalities Of The Hands
  • Acromioclavicular Fracture
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis Of The Shoulder
  • Annular Ligament Displacement
  • Arm Fracture
  • Avascular Necrosis Of Shoulder
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Arm
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Elbow
  • Axillary Neuropathy
  • Bankart Lesions
  • Bicep Tendon Tear
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Bursitis Of The Arm
  • Bursitis Of The Elbow
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cts
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Degenerative Joint Disease Of The Elbow
  • Degenerative Joint Disease Of The Shoulder
  • Distal Clavicular Osteolysis
  • Distal Radial Fracture
  • Dupuytren Contracture
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Bone Spur
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Epicondylitis
  • Finger Arthritis
  • Finger Dislocation
  • Finger Fracture
  • Finger Osteoarthritis
  • Forearm Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout Of The Arm
  • Gout Of The Elbow
  • Hand Arthritis
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Osteoarthritis
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Joint Dislocation
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Locking Elbow
  • Locking Shoulder
  • Long Thoracic Neuropathy
  • Mallet Finger
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury Of The Elbow
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Musculocutaneous Neuropathy
  • Nail Injury
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Radius
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Ulna
  • Osteochondral Lesions Of The Upper Extremities
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Injury
  • Periprosthetic Humerus Fracture
  • Plexopathy
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection Of The Elbow
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection Of The Shoulder
  • Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • Proximal Ulnar Fracture
  • Radial Fracture
  • Radial Head Subluxation
  • Radial Pseudarthrosis
  • Radioulnar Synostosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Scapula Fracture
  • Scapular Dyskinesis
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fracture
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Slap Tear
  • Spinal Accessory Neuropathy
  • Stress Fracture Of The Radius
  • Suprascapular Neuropathy
  • Tendinitis Of The Elbow
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tenosynovitis Of Hand
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
  • Trigger Finger
  • Ulnar Fracture
  • Ulnar Nerve Injury
  • Ulnar Pseudarthrosis
  • Upper Extremity Neuropathy
  • Wrist Arthritis
  • Wrist Dislocation
  • Wrist Fracture
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Procedures I perform

  • Acromioclavicular Joint Repair
  • Amputation Of The Finger Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopy Of Elbow
  • Arthroscopy Of Shoulder
  • Arthroscopy Of Wrist
  • Biceps Tendon Repair
  • Bone Grafting
  • Bone Surgery
  • Brachial Plexus Surgery
  • Closed Reduction And Manipulation
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Elbow Injection
  • Elbow Joint Excision
  • Elbow Joint Replacement
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Flexor Tendon Repair
  • Fusion Arthrodesis
  • Joint Replacement
  • Joint Replacement And Reconstructive Surgery
  • Joint Revision
  • Minimally Invasive Elbow Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Multiple Ligament Reconstruction
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Non Surgical Fracture Care
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation Orif Clavicle
  • Open Reduction Internal Fixation Orif Proximal Humerus
  • Orthopedic Stem Cell Regeneration
  • Osteoplasty
  • Patient Specific Instrumentation
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Tear Repair
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Prp Injection Of The Shoulder
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Prp Of The Elbow
  • Preoperative Digital Planning
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Scapula Fusion Surgery
  • Shoulder Injection
  • Shoulder Joint Preservation Surgery
  • Shoulder Labral Tear Repair
  • Shoulder Prosthesis
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Stabilization
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Stem Cell Treatment For Joint Disease
  • Superior Capsular Reconstruction
  • Surgery For Arthritis
  • Synovectomy Of Elbow
  • Synovectomy Of Shoulder
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Total Elbow Replacement Age Greater Than 50
  • Total Elbow Replacement Age Less Than 50
  • Total Shoulder Replacement Reversal Surgery
  • Total Shoulder Replacement Revision Surgery
  • Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
  • Tricep Repair
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
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Practice locations

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1400 Front Avenue
Lutherville, MD, 21093

410-296-6232

Fax 410-821-5943

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3333 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218

410-235-5405

Fax 410-467-5459

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Insurance

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
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • 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
    • CIGNA EPO
    • 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

Education

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship Program: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (2006)

Residency Program: Massachusetts General Hospital (2005)

Internship Program: Massachusetts General Hospital (2001)

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine (2000)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.4
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.5
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.4
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.3
  • Provider showed respect

    4.5
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.4
  • Aug 12, 2021

    Very thorough exam and options explained!

  • Aug 5, 2021

    Results were disappointing so far

  • Jul 1, 2021

    Good.