Kevin O'Malley, MD| Hand Surgery | MedStar Health

Kevin O'Malley, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (1091 reviews)

Specialties: Hand Surgery

Languages: English

About me

Dr. Kevin O’Malley is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery and Chief of Orthopedic Hand Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. His areas of special interest and surgical expertise include: 

  • Treatment of acute upper extremity trauma
  • Hand, wrist and elbow arthroscopy
  • Fracture care
  • Soft-tissue reconstruction, including tendon transfers, nerve repair, and soft tissue coverage
  • Surgical treatment of arthritis affecting the wrist, elbow, and shoulder

He approaches clinical care with the understanding that he is caring for the whole person, not just the hand and upper extremity. He emphasizes taking time to listen to patients to find treatment plans tailored to each individual patient's life and goals. 

Dr. O’Malley has presented at conferences on hand and upper extremity surgery and trauma and is involved in ongoing research on these topics. He previously served as a clinical instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine. 

Outside of the office, Dr. O'Malley enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the outdoors.



Medical Degree: Georgetown University Medical School
Residency: Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship: Tufts University Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital, Hand and Upper Extremity 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
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Wrist Fracture
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormalities Of The Hands
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Arm
  • Bursitis Of The Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • 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
  • Hand Arthritis
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Osteoarthritis
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Mallet Finger
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Nail Injury
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Radius
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Ulna
  • Proximal Ulnar Fracture
  • Radial Fracture
  • Radial Pseudarthrosis
  • Radioulnar Synostosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Stress Fracture Of The Radius
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tenosynovitis Of Hand
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
  • Trigger Finger
  • Ulnar Fracture
  • Ulnar Nerve Injury
  • Ulnar Pseudarthrosis
  • Wrist Arthritis
  • Wrist Dislocation
  • Wrist Fracture
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Procedures I perform

  • Amputation Of The Finger Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Of Wrist
  • Elbow Injection
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Flexor Tendon Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
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Practice locations

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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB Ste 5000
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-6602

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


Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship Program: Tufts University Medical Center (2020)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2019)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2014)


    • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
    • Gold Humanism Honor Society
    • Hugh H. Hussey Medical Student Teaching Award
    • String of Pearls Resident Teaching Award

News and publications

  • O’Malley, K, Conroy, C, Hattwick, E. Median nerve entrapment in fracture callus in setting of Riche-Cannieu anastomosis. Poster presentation at the 2019 Virginia Orthopaedic Society Meeting. 

  • McDaniel, C, O’Malley, K, Kessler, M. Effect of Surgical Approach on Complication Rates in Distal Biceps Tendon Repair: A Systematic Review. Oral Presentation at the 2019 American Association for Hand Surgery Conference.  

  • O’Malley, K, Kent, T, Argintar, E. “Surgical Considerations in the Adaptive Athlete.” Adaptive Sports Medicine: A Clinical Guide, Springer, 2017. 

  • Hymes, R, O’Malley, K, Ramsey, L, Marcel, J, Malekzadeh, A. The Impact of Orthopaedic Implants on Airport Security in a Post 9/11 World. Poster presentation at the 2016 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

  • Jones, P, Ji Y.M, O’Malley, K, Nesti, L. Heterotopic ossification of a peripheral nerve following blast injury. Poster presentation at the 2015 American Society for Peripheral Nerve. 

  • Jones, P, Ji Y.M, O’Malley, K, Nesti, L. Heterotopic ossification of a peripheral nerve following blast injury. Poster presentation at the 2014 Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons. 

  • Anderssohn, A.M, Cox, K, O’Malley, K, Dees, S, Hosseini, M, Boren, L, Wagner, A, Bradley, JM, Kelley, MJ, Acott, TS. Molecular Chaperone Function for Myocilin. Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science, 2011, 52:7548-7555. 

  • O’Malley, K. Myocilin Molecular Chaperone Function, oral presentation at the 2008 M.J. Murdock Regional Research Conference, Tacoma, WA 

  • O’Malley, K. The Enzymatic Activity of Glyceraldehyde-3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Following Thermal Denaturation, poster presentation at the 2007 M.J. Murdock Regional Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salem, OR 

  • O’Malley, K., Churchill, R., Henn, C. “Post-Traumatic Arthritis of the Elbow.” Post-Traumatic Arthritis, Jaypee. 

  • O’Malley, K., McDaniel, C. Chang, E. “Biceps and Triceps Injuries.” Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, 7th Ed. Elsevier.  

Ratings and reviews

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  • Apr 29, 2024

    Dr. Was great

  • Apr 29, 2024


  • Apr 25, 2024

    Excellent bedside manner and diagnostic skills