William Postma, MD| Orthopedic Sports Medicine | MedStar Health
William Postma

William Postma, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (1140 reviews)

Specialties: Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Languages: Spanish, English


About me

Dr. Postma is the Chief of Sports Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Orthopedic Surgery. His areas of specialty include arthroscopy of the knee, hip, and shoulder with an emphasis on ACL and knee ligamentous reconstruction, hip arthroscopy and labral repair procedures, Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI), and rotator cuff tears.

Dr. Postma serves as the Head Orthopaedic Surgeon for the Washington Wizards and for Georgetown University Athletic Department. As such he treats a variety of athletes from high school to the professional level. He additionally is heavily integrated with the Medstar Georgetown Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program and is the Vice Chairman of Education. He is also involved in the Georgetown University School of Medicine where he serves as the Clerkship Director of Surgical Subspecialties and the Clerkship Director of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. William Postma is an empathetic and dedicated Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine specialist serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Dr. Postma is an alumnus of the Medical University of South Carolina where he earned his medical degree. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He, then completed his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

Dr. Postma is fluent in English and Spanish. He conducts his appointments with the personalized care and attention that he would expect for his own family.

Patient Story: 

Clinical areas of focus

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Arthroscopy Of Hip
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injury
  • Knee Pain
  • Meniscus Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Surgery
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acromioclavicular Fracture
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Separation
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis Of The Shoulder
  • Ankle Dislocation
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
  • Anterior Tibialis Tendon Tear
  • Arm Fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of Knee
  • Bicep Injury
  • Bicep Pain
  • Bicep Tear
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Bucket Handle Meniscus Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Calf Muscle Injury
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Comminuted Fracture
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Compound Fracture
  • Dislocated Patella
  • Distal Radial Fracture
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fibula Fracture
  • Foot Fracture
  • Forearm Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gastrocnemius Injury
  • Gluteal Injury
  • Gluteus Medius Tear
  • Hamstring Injury
  • Hip Abductor Tear
  • Hip Click
  • Hip Dislocation
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Impingement
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Pain Under Age 60
  • Hip Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome
  • Joint Dislocation
  • Joint Sprain
  • 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
  • Leg Fracture
  • Leg Injury
  • Leg Pain
  • Ligament Injury
  • Ligament Tear
  • Locking Knee
  • Loose Body In The Hip
  • 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
  • Osteochondral Defect
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patella Dislocation
  • Patella Injury
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Tendon Rupture
  • Patellofemoral Injury
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Pectoral Muscle Injury
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Injury
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Posterior Tibial Tendon Tear
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Proximal Ulnar Fracture
  • Quadriceps Injury
  • Radial Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Running Injury
  • Scapular Dyskinesis
  • Separated Shoulder
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Injury
  • Sports Related Injury
  • Stress Fracture Of The Radius
  • Synovial Chondromatosis
  • Tendon Injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Throwing Injury
  • Tibia Fracture
  • Tibial Spine Fracture
  • Tricep Injury
  • Twisted Ankle
  • Ulnar Fracture
  • Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
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Procedures I perform

  • Acromioclavicular Joint Repair
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopy Of Hip
  • Arthroscopy Of Knee
  • Arthroscopy Of Shoulder
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Damaged Knee Cartilage Removal
  • Exertional Compartment Release
  • Hip Labral Tear Repair
  • Hip Preservation
  • Hip Surgery
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injection
  • Knee Microfracture Surgery
  • Knee Stabilization
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Repair
  • Meniscal Surgery
  • Meniscus Transplant
  • Multiple Ligament Reconstruction
  • Osteochondral Autograft
  • Pectoralis Major Tendon Tear Repair
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Labral Tear Repair
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
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1420 Beverly Road
Suite 210
McLean, VA, 22101


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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center Ground Fl
Washington, DC, 20007


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


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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
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
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    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
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    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA
    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
    • United GEHA (for all other states) Compass Rose
    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Navigate
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
    • Medicaid - Maryland
    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • First Health PPO
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • Kaiser Maryland Medicaid MCO
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Choice Care Network/HUMANA (PPO)
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Anthem Plus BCBS of VA HealthKeepers Plus
    • Anthem (POS & Open Access POS) BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Anthem HMO - BCBS of VA HealthKeepers
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA



Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Fellowship Program: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2012)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2011)

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina (2006)


  • Top Doctor 2021-Washingtonian
  • Top Doctor 2020- Washingtonian
  • Top Doctor 2019-Washingtonian
  • Top Doctor 2018- Washingtonian
  • VA Top Doctor 2021
  • VA Top Doctor 2020
  • Marquis Who's Who Award
  • 2016 Medical Honoree Jingle Bell Run
  • Chief of Sports Medicine- MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Kenmore Award-Outstanding Teaching MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 2015
  • Leadership Award- MedStar Georgetown University Hospital 2009
  • Synthes Resident Teacher Award- 2008, 2009, 2010

News and publications

  • Curley AJ, Minhas A, Ehlers C, Postma WF. Labral Index-Controlling Femoral Size to Evaluate the Relationship Between Relative Labral Size and Acetabular Version. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. June 2021
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Graft Technique Reliably Yields Grafts with Diameter 8.0 mm or Larger. Orthopaedics 2021 July-August 44 (4). Post-Operative Rehabilitation of Multi-Ligament Knee Reconstruction: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review-Accepted
  • Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review. American Journal of Sports Medicine-Accepted
  • Lockey SD, Postma WF. Patient Advocacy During COVID-19. Orthopedics. 2020 Jul 1;43(4):203
  • Bodendorfer B, McCormick B, Wang D, Looney A, Conroy C, Fryar C, Kotler J, Ferris W, Postma W, Chang E. Treatment of Pectoralis Major Tendon Tears: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Repair Timing and Fixation Methods. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2020 Feb 28 (2).
  • Bodendorfer B, McCormick B, Wang D, Looney A, Conroy C, Fryar C, Kotler J, Ferris W, Postma W, Chang E. Treatment of Pectoralis Major Tendon Tears: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Operative and Non-operative Treatment. The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2020 8 (2).
  • Postma WF, Micheaelson E, Keeling L. Finally, a step forward in nomenclature of subchondral nonneoplastic bone lesions. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2020 Jan 20;21(1):43.
  • Bodendorfer B, Curely A, Kotler J, Ryan J, Jejurikar N, Kumar A, Postma WF. Outcomes After Operative and Non-Operative Treatment of Proximal Hamstring Repairs: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2018 46 (11): 2798-2808. http://www.arthroscopytechniques.org/article/S2212-6287(14)00113-3/fulltext#mmc1
  • http://jbjs.org/content/95/7/661
  • Kotler J, Bodendorfer B, Postma WF. Tibial plateau fracture following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with bone-patellar tendon-bone allograft. JBJS Case Connector. 5/23/18.
  • Kern MJ, Murray RS, Sherman T, Postma WF. Incidence of Nerve Injury After Hip Arthroscopy. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In Press
  • Bordendorfer B, Curely A, Kotler J, Ryan J, Jejurikar N, Kumar A, Postma WF. Outcomes After Operative and Non-Operative Treatment of Proximal Hamstring Repairs: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2017.
  • Kern M, Love D, Cotter E, Postma WF. Quadruple-Bundle Semitendinosus-Gracilis Graft Technique for All-Inside Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery: Arthroscopy Techniques. In Press
  • Pelton MA, Curley A, Postma WF. (2017)- Posterior Cruciate Ligament: Injury, Diagnosis, and Management. Ann Sports Med Res 4(4): 1112.
  • Sherman TI, Letzetler J, Ryan JM, Schectel J, Postma WF. Large Synovial Chondroma of the Infratpatellar Pat Pad: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Progress in Orthopaedic Science 2016 2 (3) 23-29.
  • Bodendorfer BM, Hawken JB, Postma WF (2016) Primary Repair of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament: A Review of the Literature. J Orth Rhe Sp Med 1(3): 111.
  • Churchill RW, Sherman TI, Carpiniello M, Postma WF. The Approach to Fifth Metatarsal Fractures in Athletes. Clin Res Foot Ankle 2016 4:181.
    O’Malley K, Rubinstein A, Postma W. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: UnderstandingCurrent Risk Factors. Orthopaedics and Rheumatology. 2015 Novermber 10: 1(3).
  • Golshani K, Davis W, Postma WF. High Tibial Osteotomy for the Varus Knee.OA Sports Medcine. In Press.
  • Sherman TI, Marcel JJ, Postma WF. Management of a Large Acetabular Chondrolabral Injury in a Young Patient with Femoroacetabular Impingement. Arthroscopy Techniques: Companion Arthroscopy. Dec 8, 2014.
  • Postma WF, West RV. Current Concepts Review: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury-Prevention Programs. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery AM. 2013; 95:661-9.
  • Goodwin D, Postma W. Patellar Instability. OA Sports Medicine 2013 Ap 01: 1(1):5.
  • Postma WF, Vyas D, Colvin A, Musahl V, Harner CD. Clinical Outcomes Following Isolated Lateral Meniscal Surgery. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal: 2012
  • Postma WF, Shu D, Middleton K, Muller B, Fu F. Current Concepts of Anatomic ACL Reconstruction. Chinese Journal of Endoscopy; 2012
  • Haleem-Smith H, Argintar E, Bush C, Hampton D, Postma WF, Chen FH, Rimington T, Lamb J, Tuan RS. Biological Responses of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells to Titanium Wear Debris Particles. Journal of Orthopaedic Research: 2011

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  • Apr 29, 2024

    If today was to give me an idea of what to expect moving forwardI am still at a loss.

  • Apr 18, 2024

    There was no concern or explanation other than I could get an MRI if I wanted one or I could start exercising at my own risk and see if there is pain in my knee. Worst advice I've ever heard. I was in and out in 10 minutes

  • Apr 9, 2024

    The doctor was in a hurry attending to me, it took 5 minutes, I have a pain in my back and he made me walk with shoes on and the physical examination that he almost did not perform was also with shoes on and clothes so he could not see anything of where my pain was. I am a nurse and my husband is a doctor who works in that hospital and I find the care I received the other day SHAMEFUL