Michael William Kessler, MD,FAOA| Hand Surgery | MedStar Health

Michael William Kessler, MD,FAOA
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (516 reviews)

Specialities: Hand Surgery

Languages: English

(202) 444-5391

About me

Michael W. Kessler, MD, MPH, FAOA, is the chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Hand Surgery of the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute and performs surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. A highly skilled and double Board Certified (Orthopaedic Surgery & Hand Surgery) hand and upper extremity surgeon, he completed his orthopaedic residency at North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY, where he was elected academic chief resident and obtained extensive training managing a broad spectrum of orthopaedic cases. He then completed a hand, microvascular, and upper extremity surgery fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he gained specialized training in the surgical and nonsurgical management of various hand and upper extremity conditions.

During his training, Dr. Michael Kessler has cared for a variety of professional sports organizations, including the New Jersey Devils, Association of Tennis Professionals, Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Flyers. Dr. Kessler has been a consulting hand surgeon for the D.C. United, and currently works with the Georgetown University Athletic Department and as a consultant for the Marymount University, Catholic University and Gallaudet University Athletic departments. He also serves as a consultant to the Washington D.C. Police & Fire Clinic. Dr. Kessler has received multiple awards for his clinical and basic science research, including the prestigious Joseph H. Boyes Award from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in 2009.

Dr. Kessler serves as the Orthopaedic Residency Program Director at MedStar Georgetown Univeristy Hospital and as Medical Director of the OT/Certified Hand Therapy (CHT) program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital.

With a patient-centered approach to care, Dr. Michael Kessler's areas of expertise include:

Michael Kessler, MD - In the News

Dr. Kessler's Philosophy of Care
Not all patients who come to my office require surgery. However, they all require well thought out, respectful, and individualized care. During the course of an office visit, we will come to understand the nature of their problem or injury, its anatomic basis, and its effect on the individual's activities. Nonoperative treatment is often sufficient and is begun at that first office visit. When surgery is indicated, it is tailored to the individual, their underlying diagnosis, and the demands of their daily lives. Maximizing function, minimizing recovery time, and assuring a durable reconstruction remain the goals for all of my patients whether they be avid gardeners, or professional athletes.

Michael W. Kessler, MD, MPH, FAOA, Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association

We congratulate fellowship-trained hand surgeon Michael W. Kessler, MD, MPH, FAOA, newly inducted as a Fellow of The American Orthopaedic Association on June 27, 2019.

The American Orthopaedic Association is the oldest and most distinguished orthopedic association in the world. The FAOA designation after a surgeon’s name means the surgeon has achieved recognition for exceptional accomplishments and leadership within their orthopedic specialty. Membership is earned, and comes at the end of a stringent peer-reviewed process. Fewer than 10% of practicing orthopedic surgeons have achieved AOA membership.

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

  • Animal Bite Of The Hand
  • Avascular Necrosis Of Scaphoid
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Fingers
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Hand
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Lunate
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Wrist
  • Basal Joint Arthritis
  • Boutonniere Deformity
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Bursitis Of The Elbow
  • Bursitis Of The Hand
  • Bursitis Of The Wrist
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cts
  • Carpometacarpal Boss
  • Cat Bite Of Hand
  • Claw Hand
  • Colles Fracture
  • Congenital Hand Deformities
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain Tendinitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease Of The Hand
  • Developmental And Congenital Hand Deformities
  • Developmental Hand Deformities
  • Digital Mucous Cysts
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Problem
  • Dog Bite Of Hand
  • Dupuytren Contracture
  • Ectrodactyly
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Bone Spur
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Extensor Tendon Laceration
  • Felon Infection
  • Finger Abscess
  • Finger Arthritis
  • Finger Deformity
  • Finger Fracture
  • Finger Osteoarthritis
  • Finger Pain
  • Finger Sprain
  • Frostbite Of Finger
  • Gamekeepers Thumb
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Giant Cell Tumor Of Tendon Sheath Of Hand
  • Glomangioma
  • Glomus Tumor
  • Gout Of The Hand
  • Gout Of The Wrist
  • Gymnast Wrist
  • Hand Arthritis
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Infection
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Mass
  • Hand Osteoarthritis
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Tendon Injury
  • Hand Tendonitis
  • Hand Wound
  • Human Bite Of The Hand
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Lesion Of Ulnar Nerve
  • Lunate Fracture
  • Madelung Deformity
  • Mallet Finger
  • Malunion Fracture Of The Hand
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Median Neuropathy
  • Melanoma On Finger
  • Melanoma On Hand
  • Monteggia Fracture
  • Mp Joint Arthritis
  • Nail Injury
  • Nonunion Fracture Of The Wrist
  • Oligodactyly Hand
  • Osteochondral Lesions Of The Hand And Wrist
  • Osteonecrosis Of The Hand
  • Palmar Fasciitis
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Polydactyly Foot
  • Polydactyly Hand
  • Postraumatic Radioulnar Synostosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radial Club Hand
  • Radial Head Subluxation
  • Radial Nerve Neuropathy
  • Radial Pseudoarthrosis Nonunion
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scaphoid Fracture
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Swan Neck Deformity
  • Symbrachydactyly
  • Syndactyly
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Tendinitis Of The Wrist
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Tenosynovitis Of Hand
  • Thumb Dislocation
  • Thumb Fracture
  • Thumb Hypoplasia
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Thumb
  • Ulnar Claw
  • Ulnar Club Hand
  • Ulnar Fracture
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression
  • Ulnar Nerve Injury
  • Ulnar Nerve Subluxation
  • Ulnar Pseudo Arthrosis Non Union
  • Ulnar Variance
  • Ulnocarpal Abutment Syndrome
  • Upper Extremity Neuropathy
  • Wrist Arthritis
  • Wrist Dislocation
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Instability
  • Wrist Pain
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Procedures I perform

  • Amputation Of The Finger Surgery
  • Amputation Of The Thumb Surgery
  • Arthroplasty Wrist
  • Arthroscopy Of Elbow
  • Arthroscopy Of Wrist
  • Basal Joint Arthritis Surgery
  • Benign Tumor Removal Of The Hand
  • Bursectomy Of Hand
  • Cancerous Tumor Removal Of The Hand
  • Carpal Sequestrectomy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery
  • Cmc Thumb Arthroplasty
  • Correction Of Syndactyly
  • Cyst Removal
  • Digital Nerve Repair
  • Elbow Injection
  • Elbow Joint Replacement
  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Extensor Tendon Repair
  • Fasciotomy Of Hand
  • Finger Injection
  • Finger Reattachment
  • Flexor Tendon Repair
  • Ganglion Cyst Removal
  • Hand Steroid Injection
  • Hand Tendon Repair
  • Hand Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Surgery Of Hand
  • Joint Surgery Of The Wrist
  • Metacarpal Sequestrectomy
  • Metacarpophalangeal Fusion
  • Microsurgery Of The Hand
  • Microsurgical Replantation Of The Hand
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Wrist
  • Nail Bed Surgery
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Pollicization
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hand
  • Repair Mallet Finger
  • Replantation Of Extremities
  • Surgery For De Quervain Tenosynovitis
  • Synovectomy Of Wrist
  • Tendon Pulley Reconstruction
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Thumb Reattachment
  • Thumb Surgery
  • Total Elbow Replacement Age Greater Than 50
  • Total Elbow Replacement Age Less Than 50
  • Trigger Finger Surgery
  • Trigger Thumb Surgery
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Ulnar Nerve Decompression
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Reconstruction
  • Wrist Surgery
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Practice locations

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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

301-856-2323

Fax 855-385-5335

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
1 Main
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-3668

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1120 20th Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20036

202-416-2000

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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

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Education

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

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship Program: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (2011)

Residency Program: North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center (2010)

Internship/Residency: North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center (2006)

Medical School: Albany Medical College (2005)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.7
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.7
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.6
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.6
  • Provider showed respect

    4.7
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.6
  • Oct 19, 2021

    Excellent

  • Oct 7, 2021

    Very impressed with Dr. Kessler in all ways. Listened and answered questions, explained procedures. Etc.

  • Sep 24, 2021

    My appointments were so delayed, and rushed. I was told quite conflicting things about my surgery, to the point where I almost cancelled it. I wa duck fused and distressed throughout my entire tenure with Thai facility.