William Postma, MD| Orthopedic Sports Medicine | MedStar Health

William Postma, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (824 reviews)

Specialties: Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Languages: 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
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
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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
  • Quadricep 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

  • Arthroscopy Of Elbow
  • Arthroscopy Of Hip
  • Arthroscopy Of Knee
  • Arthroscopy Of Shoulder
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • 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
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Of The Knee
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Of The Shoulder
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Labral Tear Repair
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Tendon Repair Surgery
  • Total Knee Replacement, Age Greater Than 50
  • Total Knee Replacement, Age Less Than 50
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Repair
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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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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 1100
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


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6858 Old Dominion Drive
Suite 200
McLean, VA, 22101


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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

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



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

Ratings and reviews

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  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Jan 30, 2023

    Very good experience

  • Jan 26, 2023

    The resident who saw me first was a slug. He didn't even touch me.

  • Jan 26, 2023

    Fantastic visit and service.