Michael J. Lu, MD| Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation | MedStar Health

Michael J. Lu, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

Specialties: Sports Medicine, Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation

Languages: English


About me

Philosophy of Care:

Dr. Lu believes in providing individualized care guided by each patient’s personal goals. His aim is to help patients maximize their function and return to the activities they enjoy. He welcomes all patients, from those looking to increase their activity, to weekend warriors and elite athletes. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to non-operative treatment including exercise, therapy, and procedures such as lumbar spine, peripheral joint, and soft tissue injections of the musculoskeletal system.

He has a particular interest in injuries surrounding racquet sports and adaptive sports, and he acts as an eligibility assessor for the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA). During his fellowship training, Dr. Lu provided medical coverage for Northwestern University D1 Athletics, the Chicago Marathon, SkyRise Chicago, and a multitude of adaptive sports teams.

Dr. Lu received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his internship at MedStar Harbor Hospital. He served as a Chief Resident during his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and then stayed on to complete fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Northwestern University and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.


Dr. Michael Lu sees patients at the following addresses:

102 Irving Street, NW

Washington DC 20010   

Phone: 202-877-1621

Fax: 202-829-2632


18109 Prince Philip Drive

Olney, MD 20832

Phone: 301-570-7415

Fax: 301-570-7416

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acute Sports Related Back Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Arthralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Back Injury
  • Back Muscle Injury
  • Back Pain
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Foot Pain
  • Gamekeeper's Thumb
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Sprain
  • Knee Pain
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Muscle Injury
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patellofemoral Pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sports Related Concussion
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Tendinopathy
  • Tendonitis
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Procedures I perform

  • Adaptive Sports Evaluation
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Epidural Injection
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Joint Injection
  • Musculoskeletal Injection
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Nerve Block
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
  • Spine Injection
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Ultrasound Guided Arthrocentesis
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Practice locations

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1805 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC, 20009


Fax 202-797-4961

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Fax 202-797-4961

102 Irving Street Northwest
NRH Rehab at Irving St Outpatient Center
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-829-2632

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Fax 202-829-2632

102 Irving Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20010

Get Directions

miles away


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


Board Certification: American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Fellowship Program: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern Univ. (2023)

Residency Program: McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern Univ. (2022)

Internship Program: MedStar Harbor Hospital (2019)

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine (2018)


  • Walter E. Heller Chief Resident Award Sarah Baskin Research Award Resident and Fellow Recognition for Exemplary Professionalism