Richard Yarborough Hinton, MD| Pediatric Sports Medicine, Shoulder Orthopedic Surgery | MedStar Health

Richard Yarborough Hinton, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (1048 reviews)

Specialties: Pediatric Sports Medicine, Shoulder Orthopedic Surgery, Knee Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Languages: English


About me

Richard Y. Hinton, MD, MPH, PT, is the Medical Director of MedStar Sports Medicine, Division Director for Sports Medicine MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and past Director of the MedStar Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Hinton's practice is concentrated on  knee and shoulder conditions and involves athletes at the recreational, scholastic, collegiate, and professional levels of play. Dr. Hinton specializes in ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction and revision surgery, patellofemoral instability, shoulder instability and rotator cuff injuries. He has a special interest in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, including ACL injuries and osteochondritis dissecans.

Having trained at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia, Dr. Hinton began his sports medicine career as a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer. He then received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and residency training in orthopaedic surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. He completed fellowship training in both pediatric orthopaedic surgery and adult sports medicine at these same institutions. He then received his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, with a concentration in epidemiology and injury prevention.

Dr. Hinton has served as a team physician for the Baltimore Ravens, Towson University, Loyola University, Morgan State University, the U.S. National Lacrosse Teams, and a number of scholastic and youth organizations. He is Co Chair of the NFL's Research and Innovations Committee, one of 14 members of the NFL's Health and Safety Oversight Committee, and is an executive  member of US Lacrosse's Sports Science Committee. He is the Director of the nation's leading lacrosse-specific sports medicine program located at USA Lacrosse and MedStar Health. He has served as president of the Maryland Orthopaedic Association, held membership on various AOSSM committees, and served on the Maryland Board of Physicians Athletic Trainers Oversight Committee. 

Dr. Hinton has authored numerous articles in the areas of injury epidemiology, lacrosse sports medicine, ACL injury and reconstruction, and knee conditions in the skeletally immature. He is frequently invited to speak at regional and national medical meetings, as well as public conferences focused on youth sports medicine.

Hinton directs the lecture series / podcast: Sports Agora: Where Sport, Health, and Culture Meet. Hinton also directs a nonprofit musical group, the Common Man Project that speaks to purposeful, engaged living in our American culture.

Dr. Hinton was named a “Top Doc” by Baltimore Magazine for Orthopaedic Sports Medicine in 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Pioneer Award Maryland Athletic Trainers Association

AOSSM NCAA Research Award

Alpha Omega Alpha Johns Hopkins Medical Society

Eddie Wojecki Award National Athletic Trainer's Association

Margert Moore Scholar UNC School of Physical Therapy

Clinical areas of focus

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Pain
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Apophysitis
  • Arthritis Of Knee
  • Bucket Handle Meniscus Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Bursitis Of The Shoulder
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Dislocated Patella
  • Distal Clavicular Osteolysis
  • Growth Plate Injury
  • Joint Dislocation
  • Jumper's Knee
  • Juvenile Osteochondrosis
  • Knee Clunk Syndrome
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Growth Plate Fracture
  • Knee Growth Plate Injury
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Pain For Patients Aged Younger Than 60
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear
  • Ligament Injury
  • Ligament Tear
  • Locking Knee
  • Loose Body In The Knee
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury Of The Knee
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Multiple Ligament Knee Injury
  • Muscle Injury
  • Muscle Strain
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Osgood Schlatter Disease
  • Osteochondral Defect
  • Osteochondral Lesions
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Overuse Injury
  • Patella Dislocation
  • Patella Injury
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Tendon Rupture
  • Patellofemoral Injury
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Pectoral Muscle Injury
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Injury
  • Persistent Pain After Orthopedic Surgery
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Quadriceps Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Running Injury
  • Scapular Dyskinesis
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Synovial Chondromatosis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Throwing Injury
  • Tibial Spine Fracture
  • Tricep Injury
  • Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
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Procedures I perform

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Anti Inflammatory Medications
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopy Of Knee
  • Arthroscopy Of Shoulder
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Bone Grafting
  • Bone Surgery
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Closed Reduction And Manipulation
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Damaged Knee Cartilage Removal
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injection
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Replacement
  • Joint Replacement And Reconstructive Surgery
  • Knee Microfracture Surgery
  • Knee Stabilization
  • Knee Surgery
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Meniscal Surgery
  • Meniscectomy
  • Multiple Ligament Reconstruction
  • Osteochondral Allograft
  • Osteochondral Autograft
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Tear Repair
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Of The Knee
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Injection
  • Shoulder Labral Tear Repair
  • Shoulder Stabilization
  • Surgery For Arthritis
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement, Age Greater Than 50
  • Total Knee Replacement, Age Less Than 50
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Sparks, MD, 21152


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Baltimore, MD, 21218


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Suite 210
Timonium, MD, 21093


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12 Medstar Boulevard
Suite 300
Bel Air, MD, 21015


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    • D-SNP)
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    • Innovation Health: PPO
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    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
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Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital at Baltimore (1998)

Residency: Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (1996)

Residency: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (1992)

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Office of the Registrar (1990)


  • Baltimore Magazine Top Doc: 2017, 2019, and 2020

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Ratings and reviews

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  • Apr 22, 2024

    I really liked Dr. Hinton. This was my first visit with him for knee pain. He explained everything to me and he explained the options for treatment. I was scared but he put me at ease. I will continue to see him for treatment.

  • Apr 8, 2024

    As always my experience was very good

  • Apr 1, 2024

    I've been seeing Dr. Hinton since 2015 & he is the best doctor. He shows that he is concerned and he take pride in his position.