Karim S. Trad, MD| General Surgery | MedStar Health

Karim S. Trad, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

5.0 out of 5 (227 reviews)

Specialities: General Surgery

Languages: English

(703) 435-3390

About me

Dr. Karim S. Trad is a highly competent, skilled, and compassionate surgeon. His philosophy of care is “the best way to care for patients is to care about patients.” He believes in providing the highest quality surgical care and only operates when it is truly indicated. Dr. Trad is certified by the American Board of Surgery and holds active memberships with the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He brings more than 25 years of experience in managing complex gastrointestinal and abdominal surgical problems. He has special training and interest in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Procedures and Conditions Treated:

  • Gallbladder and biliary problems
  • GERD and hiatal hernias
  • Hernias (all types) and complex abdominal wall repairs
  • Small bowel and colon surgical conditions
  • Weight loss (bariatric) surgery


  • English
  • French
  • Arabic

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Adhesions
  • Abdominal Cancer
  • Abdominal Mass
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Wall Defect
  • Abdominal Wall Hernia
  • Adult Onset Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Appendiceal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Appendix Rupture
  • Axillary Abscess
  • Biliary Colic
  • Biliary Trauma
  • Cholecystitis
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Dermoid Cyst
  • Desmoid Tumors
  • Diaphragmatic Disorders
  • Diastasis
  • Diverticulitis
  • Duodenal Stenosis
  • Epidermoid Cysts
  • Epigastric Hernia
  • Epiploic Appendagitis
  • Femoral Hernia
  • Fistula Enterocutaneous
  • Flank Hernia
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallbladder Fistula
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gastric Anomaly
  • Gastric Mass
  • Gastric Volvulus
  • Gastrocutaneous Fistula
  • Gastroduodenal Fistula
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Goiter
  • Groin Mass
  • Groin Pain
  • Hernia
  • Incarcerated Hernia
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Internal Hernia
  • Internal Mass
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Malrotation Of Bowel
  • Mucinous Cystic Neoplasms
  • Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasm
  • Parastomal Hernia
  • Parathyroid Adenoma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Peritonitis
  • Rectus Sheath Hernia
  • Recurrent Femoral Hernia
  • Recurrent Hernia
  • Reducible Hernia
  • Regional Enteritis
  • Richter Hernia
  • Serous Cystadenomas
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Spigelian Hernia
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Fistula
  • Stomach Masses
  • Stomach Pain
  • Stomach Polyps
  • Stomal Hernia
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Umbilical Mass
  • Ventral Hernia
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Procedures I perform

  • Abdominal Hernia Surgery
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Appendicitis Surgery
  • Cervical Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Cholecystostomy
  • Closure Of Enterostomy
  • Complex Hernia Repair
  • Components Separation
  • Da Vinci
  • Da Vinci Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
  • Duodenoduodenostomy
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Endoscopic Division Of Adhesions Of Peritoneum
  • Enterectomy
  • Enterolysis
  • Enterorrhaphy
  • Esophagoplasty
  • Esophagus Surgery
  • Excision Granuloma Tissue
  • Excision Mole
  • Excision Of Cervical Lymph Node
  • Excision Of Tumor
  • Exploratory Laparotomy
  • Exploratory Surgery
  • Femoral Hernia Surgery
  • Flank Hernia Surgery
  • Foregut Surgery
  • Gall Stone Removal
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Restrictive Surgery
  • Gastric Ulcer Surgery
  • Gastrojejunostomy
  • Gastroplasty
  • Gastrostomy Closure Surgery
  • Gastrostomy Tube Removal
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incisional Biopsy
  • Incisional Hernia Surgery
  • Inguinal Hernia Mesh Repair
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Internal Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic Bowel Resection
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Gastroenterostomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Recurrent Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Treatment Of Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Laparoscopic Umbilical Herniorrhaphy
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lysis Of Adhesions
  • Mesh Removal
  • Minilaparotomy
  • Minimally Invasive Hernia Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Percutaneous Muscle Biopsy
  • Reduction Of Volvulus
  • Repair Of Paracolostomy Hernia
  • Spigelian Hernia Surgery
  • Stomach Tumor Surgery
  • Umbilical Hernia Surgery
  • Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Wide Local Excision Surgery
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Practice locations

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1800 Town Center Drive
Suite 218
Reston, VA, 20190


Fax 703-735-3390

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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


Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Fellowship Program: Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1993)

Residency Program: George Washington University Hospital (1992)

Internship Program: George Washington University Hospital (1987)

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina (1986)


  • 2017: Jules Cahan Distinguished Teaching Award, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences 2014-2021: America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly 2011-2018: Superdoctors, Washington, DC – Baltimore – Northern Virginia, Washington Post Magazine 2011-2021: Top Doctors, Northern Virginia Magazine 2010-2020: Washington Top DoctorWashingtonian Magazine 2013: SAGES 2013 Recognition of Excellence Award, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons 1995: SAGES 1995 Research Award and Grant, US Surgical Corporation.  Project title: “Comparison of Acid Reduction in Four Laparoscopic Anti-Ulcer Operations”  1994: Finalist, Most Distinguished Faculty Teacher AwardThe George Washington University School of Medicine 1992: Harry B. Zehner Memorial Traveling Fellowship Award, Washington Chapter, American College of Surgeons 1992: Outstanding Resident Award (Selected by the Attending Physicians Association) The George Washington University 1992: Upjohn Achievement Award (Selected by House Officer Peers), Department of Surgery, The George Washington University 1991: Third Place Honors, Surgical Competitive Forum, The Washington Academy of Surgery 1990: First Place, Scientific Paper Competition, Chesapeake Vascular Society 1986: William H. Lee Award, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, SC

News and publications

Dziki AJ, Korman LY, Harmon JW, Nardi RV, Bank A, Haddad NG, Trad KS, and Fernicola MT.  New animal model for gastric ulcer healing.  Gastroenterology, 98:39,  1990. 

Dziki AJ, Malthaner RA, Harmon JW, Fernicola MT, Trad KS, Fischer BA, Hakki FZ, Schweitzer EJ, and Bass BL.  Treatment of experimental bile esophagitis.  Gastroenterology 98:39, 1990.

Fernicola MT, Harmon JW, Trad KS, Dziki AJ, Richardson CJ, Hakki FZ, Rao JS, and Bass BL.  Adenosine-induces increase in esophageal blood flow are not mediated via cyclooxygenase products.  Gastroenterology, 98:43,  1990. 

Trad KS, Harmon JW, Fernicola MT, Hakki FZ, Rao JS, Dziki AJ and Bass BL.  Evidence for a role of capsaicin-sensitive mucosal afferent nerves in the regulation of esophageal blood flow in rabbits.  Gastroenterology  98:139,  1990.

Trad KS, Fernicola MT, Hakki FZ, Dziki AJ, Harmon JW, and Bass BL.  Modulation of esophageal blood flow:  A local effector function of sensory nerves.  Surgical Forum   41:122-124, 1990.

Dziki AJ, Duncan MD, Harmon JW, Saini N, Malthaner RA, Trad KS, Fenicola MT, Hakki F, Ugarte RM.  Advantages of handsewn over stapled bowel anastamosis.  Dis Colon Rectum 34:442-448, 1991.

Sidawy AN, Trad KS, Sidawy MK, Zeller J, Hayyeri M, DePalma RG. The effect of e-PTFE and vein cuff on the development of outflow intimal hyperplasia. Surgical Forum 42:345, 1991.

Bass BL, Trad KS, Harmon JW, Hakki FZ.  Capsaicin-sensitive nerves médiate esophageal mucosal protection.  Surgery 110(2) :419-26,

Petersen BM, Curcio LD, Trad KS, Harmon JW, Bass BL.  Modulation of Capillary Permeability:  A New Local Effector Function for Esophageal Afferent Nerves.  Gastroenterology 102:146, 1992.

Petersen BM, Curcio LD, Trad KS, Harmon JW, Bass BL.  Visceral Afferent Nerves Mediate Protection Against Acid-Pepsin Injury of the Esophagus.  Gastroenterology 102:147, 1992.

Petersen BM, Curcio LD, Trad KS, Harmon JW, and Bass BL.  Visceral Afferent Nerves Mediate Protection Against Acid-Bile Injury of the Esophagus.  Surgical Forum 43:143, 1992.

Norberto NJ, Sidawy AN, Trad KS, Jones BA, Neville RF, Najjar SF, Sidawy MK, DePalma RG. The protective effect of vein cuffed anastomoses is not mechanical in origin. Journal of Vascular Surgery 21:558-66, 1995.

Brody FJ, Trad KS. Comparison of acid reduction in laparoscopic antiulcer operations. Surgical Endoscopy, 11(2):123-125,1997.

Tsangaris TN, Trad KS, Brody FJ, Jacobs LK, Tsangaris NT, Sackier JM. Endoscopic axillary exploration and sentinel lymphadectomy.  Surgical Endoscopy, 13(1): 43-47, 1999.

Trad KS, Turgeon DG, Deljkich E. Long-term Outcomes after Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication in Patients with GERD and LPR Symptoms. Surgical Endoscopy 26 :650-660, 2012.

Bell  RC, Mavrelis PG, Barnes WE, Dargis D, Carter BJ, Hoddinott KM, Sewell RW, Trad KS, Gill BD, Ihde GM. A Prospective Multicenter Registry of Patients with Chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Receiving Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication. J Am Coll Surg 215(6): 794-809, 2012.

Wilson EK, Trad KS, et al. The Effects of Endoscopic Fundoplication on Chronic GERD Patients: 12 Month Prospective Multicenter Experience. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech; 2014 Feb; 24(1):36-46.

Bell RC, Barnes WE, Carter BJ, Sewell RW, Mavrelis PG, Ihde GM, Hoddinott KM, Fox MA, Gunsberger T, Hausmann MG, Dargis D, Gill BD, Wilson E, Trad KS.  Long Term Outcomes of Endoscopic Fundoplication: 2 Year Results from the Prospective Multicenter U.S. Study. The American Surgeon; Vol.80(11), November 2014, 1093-1105.

Trad KS, et al. Transoral Fundoplication vs. Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux: Short-term Results From a Multicenter, Randomized, Open Label Clinical Trial. Gastroenterology; May 2013 Vol. 144(5), Supplement 1, Pages S163-S-164.

Bell RC, Trad KS, et al. Univariate and Multivariate Analyses of Preoperative Factors influencing Symptomatic Outcomes of Transoral Fundoplication.  Surgical Endoscopy, October 2014; 28:2949-2858.

Trad KS, et al. Efficacy of Transoral Fundoplication for Treatment of Chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease incompletely controlled with high-dose PPI Therapy: A randomized, multicenter, open label crossover study.  BMC Gastroenterology, October 2014; 6:14(1):174.

Trad KS, et al. Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication Effective in Eliminating GERD Symptoms in Partial Responders to Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy at 6 Months: The TEMPO Randomized Clinical Trial.  Surgical Innovation, February 2015; 22(1): 26–40.

Hunter JG, Kahrilas PJ, Bell RCW, Wilson, EB, Trad KS, et al. Efficacy of Transoral Fundoplication vs Omeprazole for Treatment of Regurgitation in a Randomized Controlled Trial. Gastroenterology, February 2015;148(1):324-33.

Trad KS, et al. Transoral Fundoplication Offers Durable Symptom Control for Chronic GERD: 3-year Report from the TEMPO Randomized Trail with a Crossover Arm.  Surgical Endoscopy, June 2017; 31(6):2498-2508.

Trad KS. Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication: Current Status. Current Opinions in Gastroenterology, July 2016:32(4):338-343.

Gerson,LB, Trad, KS, Lobontiu,A. Efficacy of Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: A Meta-Analysis.  Gastroenterology, April 2016:150(4):S480.

Trad KS, et al.  The TEMPO Trial at 5 Years: Transoral Fundoplication (TIF 2.0) Is Safe, Durable, and Cost-effective.  Surgical Innovation, April 2018; 25(2):149-157.

Trad KS, Jemsek JG, Trad C, Sparks AD, Marino PJ, Ghidei SK. Usefulness of HIDA scan for the diagnosis of chronic cholecystitis in patients with a history of Lyme disease. Surgical Endoscopy, November 2021; 35(11): 174.

Maselli DB, Abusaleh R, Trad KS, Lopez-Nava G, Turro R, Abu Dayyeh BK. Feasibility of a single endoscopic plication procedure for the treatment of gastro-esophageal disease and obesity (E-Video). Endoscopy, Published online May 2021

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Sep 1, 2022

    Dr. Trad was polite, kind and professional explaining my care options.

  • Aug 11, 2022

    Very understanding and clear on subject!

  • Jul 7, 2022

    Felt good about Dr. Trad.