Paul Stuart Cooper, MD| Foot And Ankle Orthopedic Surgery | MedStar Health

Paul Stuart Cooper, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.6 out of 5 (1242 reviews)

Specialties: Foot And Ankle Orthopedic Surgery

Languages: English


About me

Dr. Paul S. Cooper is a board-certified orthopaedist specializing in the treatment of all conditions of the foot and ankle. Specifically, Dr. Cooper's focus has been in the development of new technology and procedures for the reconstruction of ankle disorders, diabetic complications and failed foot surgeries. He has served as the director of the Foot and Ankle Center for the past 12 years. Dr. Cooper fulfills his academic role as an professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Other activities include serving as a board member on various committees of the American Association of Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Having authored several book chapters and over 50 articles, Dr. Cooper remains actively involved on a national and international level giving lectures and seminars to other surgeons.

Dr. Cooper was Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude from Dickenson College. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College and completed his orthopaedic training at Union Memorial Hospital. Following his orthopaedic residency training, he completed a Sport Medicine Fellowship at Hershey Medical Center and his Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.

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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
  • 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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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
1 Main
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 202-444-5391

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    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
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    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
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    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Police and Fire Clinic
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    • Beech Street PPO
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • United Choice
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    • United Choice Plus
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • United Student Resources
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • Cigna EPO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • First Health PPO
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    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
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    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
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    • D-SNP)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice



Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship Program: University of Cincinnati Hospital (1993)

Fellowship Program: The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (1992)

Residency Program: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (1991)

Internship Program: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (1987)

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College (1986)

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Ratings and reviews

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  • Mar 26, 2024

    I understood the information which was given to me clearly and simply

  • Mar 19, 2024

    Dr.Cooper listened to my issues and came up with several options.

  • Mar 19, 2024

    I have tremendous respect for my doctor, because of past experience with him I feel grateful to have his help in guiding my decisions.