Nicholas D. Casscells, MD| Foot And Ankle Orthopedic Surgery | MedStar Health

Nicholas D. Casscells, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (604 reviews)

Specialties: Foot And Ankle Orthopedic Surgery

Languages: English

About me

Nicholas Casscells, MD is fellowship trained in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery. He has a special interest in sports related injuries, deformities, and arthritic conditions of the foot and ankle. He is a member of the MedStar Orthopaedic institute and joins us from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Casscells will see patients in the Orthopaedic and Sports Center at MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre, as well as perform surgery onsite at the MedStar Surgery Center.

Dr. Casscells is a third generation orthopaedic surgeon. He enjoys watersports, skiing, and spending time with his family.

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Clinical areas of focus

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Joint Replacement
  • Ankle Tendon Tear
  • Bunion
  • Diabetic Limb Salvage
  • Nerve Surgery Of The Ankle
  • Peroneal Tendon Surgery
  • Sports Medicine Of The Foot
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormalities Of The Tarsal Bones
  • Accessory Navicular
  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendon Tear
  • Achilles Tendonosis
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Ankle Dislocation
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Impingement
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Nerve Compression
  • Ankle Pain
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Strain
  • Ankle Tendon Tear
  • Avascular Necrosis Of Navicular
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Ankle
  • Base Of Fifth Metatarsal Fracture
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis Of The Ankle
  • Bursitis Of The Foot
  • Bursitis, Subcutaneous Tendo Achilles
  • Charcot Foot
  • Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
  • Chronic Tendinosis Of The Ankle
  • Chronic Tendinosis Of The Foot
  • Clawfoot
  • Clawtoe
  • Clubfoot
  • Common Peroneal Nerve Lesions
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Congenital Deformity Of Ankle
  • Congenital Deformity Of Foot
  • Deformity Of Forefoot
  • Degenerative Joint Disease Of The Foot
  • Diabetic Foot Infection
  • Diabetic Ulcer
  • Fibula Fracture
  • Flatfoot
  • Foot And Ankle Compartment Syndrome
  • Foot Arthritis
  • Foot Drop
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Infection
  • Foot Injury
  • Foot Mass
  • Foot Osteoarthritis
  • Foot Pain
  • Foot Tendon Tear
  • Foot Ulcer
  • Foot Wound
  • Freiberg's Disease
  • Frostbite Of Toes
  • Haglund Deformity
  • Hammer Toe
  • Heel Pain
  • Heel Spur
  • Insertional Achilles Tendinitis
  • Joint Pain In Ankle And Foot
  • Lisfranc Tear
  • Lower Extremity Neuropathy
  • Mallet Toe
  • Malunion Fracture Of The Foot
  • Morton Neuroma
  • Nonunion Fracture Of The Foot
  • Open Dislocation Of Ankle
  • Orthopedic Infections
  • Osteochondral Lesions Of The Foot And Ankle
  • Osteochondral Lesions Of The Talus
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans Of The Ankle
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans Of The Talus
  • Osteoid Osteoma
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Osteonecrosis Of The Foot
  • Overuse Injury
  • Overuse Injury Of The Ankle
  • Paratenonitis
  • Peroneal Tendon Tear
  • Persistent Pain After Orthopedic Surgery
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Tear
  • Pronation
  • Pseudarthrosis Of The Tibia
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Sports Related Foot Injury
  • Stress Fractures
  • Subtalar Dislocation
  • Sural Nerve Injury
  • Syndesmosis Sprain
  • Synovial Chondromatosis
  • Tarsal Coalition
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tibial Pseudarthrosis
  • Tibial Spine Fracture
  • Tibial Tendonitis
  • Toe Bone Spur
  • Toe Dislocation
  • Toe Fracture
  • Turf Toe
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Procedures I perform

  • Achilles Tendon Surgery
  • Amputation Of The Foot Surgery
  • Amputation Of The Toe Surgery
  • Ankle Distraction Arthroplasty
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Ankle Joint Preservation
  • Ankle Joint Replacement
  • Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Of Ankle
  • Arthroscopy Of Foot
  • Arthroscopy Of Subtalar
  • Cartiva Procedure
  • Correction Of Bunion
  • Decompression Of Tarsal Tunnel
  • Deformity Correction Of Foot & Ankle
  • Diabetic Foot Care
  • Diabetic Limb Salvage
  • Exertional Compartment Release
  • Flat Foot Surgery
  • Foot Ganglion Cyst Removal
  • Foot Surgery
  • Fusion Arthrodesis
  • Fusion Of Joint
  • Hammer Toe Repair
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Revision
  • Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Ankle
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Foot
  • Nerve Surgery Of The Ankle
  • Nerve Surgery Of The Foot
  • Non Surgical Fracture Care
  • Orthotics
  • Peroneal Nerve Release
  • Peroneal Tendon Surgery
  • Plantar Fasciitis Surgery
  • Repair Claw Toe
  • Shin Splint Surgery
  • Shockwave Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis
  • Sports Medicine Of The Foot
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Transmetatarsal Amputation (TMA) Surgery
  • Unna Boot
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Practice locations

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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

202-444-8766

Fax 202-444-7804

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
1 Main
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-3668

Fax 202-444-5391

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1120 20th Street Northwest
Front 1
Washington, DC, 20036

202-416-2000

Fax 202-877-6602

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Insurance

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

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital at Baltimore (2019)

Residency: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2018)

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University Internal Medicine (2013)

News and publications



Casscells ND, Dean, D, McGuigan FX. Findings of Routine Diagnostic Ankle Arthroscopy for Management of AO 44-C Fibular Fractures. Publishment pending. 

Casscells ND, Kotler JA, Postma FP.. Hip Abductor Tendinopathy: Work-Up and Open Versus Arthroscopic Repair of Hip Abductor. Ortho & Rheum Open Access J. 2016; 2(5): 555597.

Sherman TI, Casscells N, Rabe J, McGuigan FX. Ankle arthroscopy for ankle fractures.Arthrosc Tech. 2015 Feb 16;4(1):e75-9. 2015 Feb.

Kern MJ, Casscells ND, Argintar EH. Placement of an Intramedullary Nail for the Treatment of Proximal Ulnar Fractures. JBJS Essent Surg Tech. 2015 Oct 28;5(4):e23.

Gildea JJ, Shah I, Weiss R, Casscells ND, McGrath HE, Zhang J, Jones JE, Felder RA. HK-2 human renal proximal tubule cells as a model for G protein-coupled receptor kinase type 4-mediated dopamine 1 receptor uncoupling. Hypertension. 2010 Sep;56(3):505-11. Epub 2010 Jul 26.

Ratings and reviews

  • Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition

    4.9
  • Extent to which the care provider listened to you

    4.9
  • Care provider's discussion of any proposed treatment (options, risks, benefits, etc.)

    4.9
  • Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your care

    4.9
  • Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries

    4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

    4.9
  • Dec 12, 2023

    The doctor was great! Very gregarious !

  • Dec 7, 2023

    Dr Casscells is excellent

  • Dec 6, 2023

    The physician involved seemed a bit disinterested in some of the issues secondary to my ankle fracture that originally brought me to this physician a couple of years ago.