Wiemi Abell Douoguih, MD| Orthopedic Sports Medicine | MedStar Health
Wiemi Abell Douoguih

Wiemi Abell Douoguih, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.6 out of 5 (792 reviews)

Specialties: Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Languages: French, English


About me

Dr. Douoguih is an orthopaedic surgeon and a member of the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. He serves as Co-Medical Director of MedStar Sports Medicine and Director of Sports Medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Georgetown University.

He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Dr. Douoguih is an alumnus of the Union Memorial Residency Program.

Dr. Douoguih serves as the Chairman of the NBA Research Committee and as Medical Director for both the Mubadala Citi DC Open and Montgomery County Public Schools. He is a consultant for the Baltimore Ravens (NFL) and NFL Players Association. He served as the Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for the Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Mystics (WNBA) and as Medical Director for the Washington Capitals (NHL). He also served as Medical Director and Head Team Physician for the Washington Nationals (MLB) for seven years, up through 2015. Dr. Douoguih has also served as assistant team physician for the Washington Commanders, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Angels, and Anaheim Mighty Ducks, as well as for the teams of Loyola Marymount University. He has successfully operated on numerous professional and elite athletes in a wide range of sports.

Dr. Douoguih is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and holds a subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He specializes in arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder, elbow and knee. An award winning researcher who has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals, he has lectured internationally on various sports medicine topics. Dr. Douoguih was an All-American and Hall of Fame lacrosse player at Washington and Lee University. He also won a national judo championship in 2001.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Ankle Pain
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Pain
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Achilles Tendon Tear
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendonosis
  • Acromioclavicular Fracture
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis Of The Shoulder
  • Ankle Dislocation
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Impingement
  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Pain
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Ankle Strain
  • Ankle Tendon Tear
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Anterior Tibialis Tendon Tear
  • Arm Fracture
  • Arm Injury
  • Arm Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of Knee
  • Athletic Pubalgia
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Arm
  • Bicep Injury
  • Bicep Pain
  • Bicep Tear
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Bucket Handle Meniscus Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Bursitis Of The Elbow
  • Bursitis, Subcutaneous Tendo Achilles
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Calf Muscle Injury
  • Calf Pain
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome
  • Chronic Muscle Injury
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Comminuted Fracture
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Compound Fracture
  • Dislocated Patella
  • Distal Radial Fracture
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Bone Spur
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Tendonitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fibula Fracture
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Pain
  • Foot Tendon Tear
  • Forearm Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastrocnemius Injury
  • Gluteal Injury
  • Gluteus Medius Tear
  • Hamstring Injury
  • Hip Abductor Tear
  • Hip Click
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Over Age 60
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome
  • Joint Dislocation
  • Jumper's Knee
  • Knee Clunk Syndrome
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Pain For Patients Aged Younger Than 60
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear
  • Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Leg Fracture
  • Leg Injury
  • Leg Pain
  • Ligament Injury
  • Ligament Tear
  • Locking Knee
  • Loose Body In The Knee
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Injury Of The Knee
  • Medial Epicondylitis
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Multiple Ligament Knee Injury
  • Non Displaced Fracture
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Radius
  • Non-Displaced Fracture Of Ulna
  • Nonunion Fracture
  • Overuse Injury
  • Overuse Injury Of The Ankle
  • Paratenonitis
  • Patella Dislocation
  • Patella Injury
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Tendon Rupture
  • Patellofemoral Injury
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Pectoral Muscle Injury
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Injury
  • Peroneal Tendon Tear
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Persistent Pain After Orthopedic Surgery
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Tear
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • Proximal Ulnar Fracture
  • Quadrangular Space Syndrome
  • Quadriceps Injury
  • Radial Fracture
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Running Injury
  • Scapular Dyskinesis
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Sports Related Ankle Injury
  • Sports Related Foot Injury
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Stress Fracture Of The Radius
  • Stress Fractures
  • Synovial Chondromatosis
  • Tarsal Coalition
  • Tendinitis Of The Hand
  • Tendinitis Of The Wrist
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Throwing Injury
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tibial Spine Fracture
  • Tibial Tendonitis
  • Toe Fracture
  • Tricep Injury
  • Twisted Ankle
  • Ulnar Fracture
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression
  • Ulnar Nerve Injury
  • Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Wrist Dislocation
  • Wrist Pain
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Procedures I perform

  • Arthroscopy Of Elbow
  • Arthroscopy Of Hip
  • Damaged Knee Cartilage Removal
  • Knee Surgery
  • Meniscus Transplant
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Labral Tear Repair
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Total Knee Replacement, Age Greater Than 50
  • Total Knee Replacement, Age Less Than 50
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
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Practice locations

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Suite 600
Bethesda, MD, 20817


Fax 202-416-2001

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1120 20th Street Northwest
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Washington, DC, 20036


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    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
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    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Kaiser Select
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Student Resources
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    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
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    • Kaiser Signature
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    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA



Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship Program: Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic (2003)

Residency Program: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (2002)

Internship Program: MedStar Union Memorial Hospital (1998)

Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University (1997)


  • Washingtonian Top Doctor Award:2010, 2012, 2014-2020
  • Winner of MHRI Research Symposium First Place Award. Posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a comparison of tibial inlay suture and bone block fixation. 3rd Annual MedStar Health Research Symposium 2014.
  • AOSSM 2013 Aircast Award: Best Basic Science Paper Presented by a Fellow Conjoined Tendon Transfer vs. Modified Bristow in a Glenoid Bone Loss Model: a Biomechanical Study. 2012
  • Washington and Lee Athletic Hall of Fame: Inducted 2017 for Varsity Lacrosse
  • Montclair Kimberly Academy Athletic Hall of Fame: Inducted 2013, Varsity Lacrosse

Team Affiliations

  • Senior Orthopaedic Consultant for the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Washington Mystics (WNBA).
  • Medical Director for the Washington Capitals (NHL).

News and publications

  • Postoperative Rehabilitation of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction: A Systematic Review Wiemi A. Douoguih, MD, Jonathan Day, MS, Ehab A. Bahrun, BS, Blake M. Bodendorfer, MD, Christopher Brandt, PTA, ATC, and Austin Looney, MD.  Sports Med Arthrosc Rev 2021 In Press
  • Douoguih WA. Zade R, Bodendorfer B, Siddiqi Y. Outcomes of Selective ACL Repair of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament with Suture Augmentation. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Aug 2020.
  • Bachmaier S, DiFelice, GS, Sonnery-Cottet B, Douoguih WA, Smith PA, Pace LJ, Ritter D, Wijdicks CA. Treatment of Acute Proximal Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears- Part 1: Gap Formation and Stabilization Potential of Repair Techniques. Orthopedic Journal of Sports Med. January 2020; 8 (1).
  • Bachmaier S, DiFelice, GS, Sonnery-Cottet B, Douoguih WA, Smith PA, Pace LJ, Ritter D, Wijdicks CA. Treatment of Acute Proximal Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears- Part 2: The Role of Internal Bracing on Gap Formation and Stabilization of Repair Techniques Orthopedic Journal of Sports Med January 2020; 8 (1).
  • DiFelice G, Sonnery Cottet B, Smith P, Douoguih, WA, Van der list JP Should we rethink success after ACL surgery? Letter to the editor. Am J Sports Med 2019 47 (10)
  • Douoguih WA, Goodwin D, Churchill R, Paulus M, Maxwell A. Conjoined Tendon transfer for Traumatic Anterior Glenohumeral Instability in Patients with Large Bony Defects and Anterior Capsulolabral Deficiency. Arthroscopy 2018; 34: 12-20
  • Hassan SE, Parks BG, Douoguih WA, Osbahr DC. Effect of distal ulnar collateral ligament tear pattern on contact forces and valgus stability in the posteromedial compartment of the elbow. Am J Sports Med 2015;43:447-52.
  • Douoguih WA, Dolce DL, Lincoln A. Early Cocking Phase Mechanics and Upper Extremity Surgery Risk in Starting Professional Baseball Pitchers. Ortho J Sports Med 2015 3(4): 1-5
  • Panchal A, Osbahr DC, Parks BG, Douoguih WA. Conjoined tendon transfer vs modified Bristow in a glenoid bone loss model: a biomechanical study [abstr]. Ortho J Sports Med 1[4S], http://ojs.sagepub.com/content/1-4_suppl/2325967113S00012.abstract. Accessed April 9, 2014.
  • Thomas P, Parks B, Douoguih, WA: Anterior Shoulder Instability with Bristow Procedure Versus Conjoined Tendon Transfer Alone in a Simple Soft-Tissue Model. The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. 26(9): 1189-1194 September 2010
  • Douoguih WA: Treatment of Traumatic Anterior Shoulder Instability in the Contact and Collision Athlete. Current Opinion in Orthopaedic Surgery, 16:82-88, 2005 Hinton RY, Lincoln A, Douoguih WA, Sharma K: Injury Epidemiology of Scholastic-Aged Girls’ and Boys’ Lacrosse: A Three-year Prospective Study. Am J Sports Med, 33:1305-1314, September 2005
  • Douoguih WA., Shaffer BS: Avoiding Complications in Arthroscopic Subacromial Space and Instability Surgery. In Ryu RKN ed: Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine 12(2): 91-98, 2004
  • Lumsden DB; Anderson C; Easley MA, Douoguih WA; Miller SD; Schon LC: Topography of the Distal Tibial Nerve. Foot and Ankle International 24 (9); Sept 2003.
  • Tuten, HR; Young CD; Douoguih WA; Lenhardt K; Wilkerson JW; Adelaar RS: Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder in Male Cardiac Surgery Patients. Orthopaedics 23 (7); July 2000.
  • Douoguih WA; Sponseller PD. Editors, Frassica FJ; D’Ambrosia RD: Atlanto-Axial Rotatory Displacement. Orthopaedics Hyperguide Fall 2000.
  • Tarkington MA, Douoguih WA; Yeomans TD; Magnant CM, Tehan TJ: Evaluating and Managing Post-operative Delirium. Contemporary Urology, November 1993; 5(11): 36-47.

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  • Mar 18, 2024

    Dr. Douoguih is extremely personable and having had treatment from him 7 years ago for an act detachment it was like seeing an old friend.

  • Mar 12, 2024

    Dr. Douoguih is the epitome of what a care provider should be. He has a wealth of knowledge of his specialty, exudes empathy combined with using a delivery which puts the patient at ease.