Steven James Svoboda, MD
Colonel (retired) Steven Svoboda, MD is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a sub-specialty certification in orthopedic sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Svoboda is associated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center and serves as a team physician for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, and Prince George’s County High Schools.
Dr. Svoboda practices at the MedStar Orthopaedic and Sports Center at Lafayette Centre, where he works to build a better healthcare environment in the Washington, D.C. area. Joining MedStar after a 23-year military career, with the last 10 years at the United States Military Academy at West Point’s Keller Army Community Hospital, Dr. Svoboda seeks to apply what he has learned caring for American soldiers to the community in the District, Maryland, and Virginia.
An accomplished clinician-scientist, Dr. Svoboda firmly believes that evidence-based outcomes assessment of patient care is essential to improving orthopaedic sports medicine care. Dr. Svoboda serves as the Director of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research at MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre. He is helping to lead MedStar Health’s efforts in patient-reported outcomes assessment within the orthopaedic sports medicine domain.
A native of Bowie, MD, Dr. Svoboda attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where upon graduation, he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. He graduated from medical school at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, in Baltimore. Dr. Svoboda completed a Transitional Internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., and a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the COL John A. Feagin, Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship in West Point.
Dr. Svoboda’s research regarding major knee joint injuries in the athletic population of Cadets at the United States Military Academy has won the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine O’Donoghue Award for Sports Injury Prevention and has received multiple United States patents. While leading the John A. Feagin Sports Medicine Fellowship at West Point, Dr. Svoboda was also the site Principal Investigator on the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance CARE Consortium studies on concussion in college-level athletes.
During his military career, Dr. Svoboda served as Chief of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center and the Director of Orthopaedic Research, US Army Institute for Surgical Research, both located at Fort Sam in Houston, Texas, from 2005-2007. He was the Program Director of the COL John A. Feagin, Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship, the Department of Defense’s only program of this type, at West Point from 2009 to 2017. In that role, he was responsible for training all of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine sub-specialists in the US Army.
Dr. Svoboda is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Fellowship Accreditation Task Force and its Enduring Education Committee, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) Advocacy Committee. He is also a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
- Medical School University of Maryland School of Medicine - 1995
- Fellowship Program Keller Army Community Hospital - 2005
- Residency Program Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - 2002
- Internship Program Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - 1996
- Medical School University of Maryland School of Dentistry - 1995
- Articular Cartilage Damage (Knee)
- Sports-Related Knee Pain
- Knee Pain
- Meniscus Injuries
- ACL and Ligament Injuries
- Sports-Related Elbow Injuries
- Ulnar Nerve Compression
- Tennis Elbow & Tendonitis
- Elbow Arthritis
- Traumatic Elbow Injuries
- Frozen Shoulder
- Shoulder Pain, Instability and Dislocations
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Proximal Humerus (Shoulder) Fracture
- Shoulder Labrum Tear
- Sports-Related Hip Pain
MedStar Health Providers participate with a wide range of health insurance products. We accept self-pay patients and the insurances plans listed below. This list is not comprehensive, it is updated periodically and is subject to change. If you do not see your health insurance plan or product listed, or if you have any questions regarding MedStar Health’s participation with your health plan, please contact your health plan to verify participation with our providers.
Since the MedStar Health providers span the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia regions, our participation with DC, Maryland and Virginia Medical Assistance programs varies by provider group. Please contact your MedStar Physician’s Office to assist with verifying Medical Assistance participation. If you are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care Organization, please contact your Medicaid health plan to verify participation.Insurance Plans Accepted
- TRICARE - Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
- COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK - Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
- AETNA - Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
- CAREFIRST - Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
- CAREFIRST - CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
- AETNA - Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
- AETNA - Innovation Health: Indemnity
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
- MEDSTAR MEDICARE CHOICE - MedStar Medicare Choice
- TRICARE - Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
- CAREFIRST - HealthyBlue PPO
- AETNA - Innovation Health: POS Plus
- AETNA - Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
- CIGNA HEALTH CARE - CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
- COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK - Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
- AETNA - Open POS II
- CIGNA HEALTH CARE - Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - OneNet PPO, Inc.
- COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK - Coventry Health Care of Virginia
- COVENTRY HEALTH NETWORK - First Health PPO
- CIGNA HEALTH CARE - CIGNA POS/Network POS
- TRICARE - Tricare Prime
- CAREFIRST - CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
- CIGNA HEALTH CARE - POS OA & OA Plus
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
- AETNA - Aetna Student Health Insurance
- AETNA - Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
- CIGNA HEALTH CARE - CIGNA Indemnity
- AETNA - Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
- CAREFIRST - CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Student Resources
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - M.D. IPA (HMO)
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
- CAREFIRST - CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
- AETNA - Innovation Health: PPO
- CIGNA HEALTH CARE - Choice Fund PPO
- MEDSTAR FAMILY CHOICE - MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
- PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, INC. (PHCS) - Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
- AETNA - Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
- MEDSTAR SELECT - MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
- AETNA - Aetna USAccess (POS)
- AETNA - Open EPO Plus
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
- FIRST HEALTH (NOW COVENTRY) - FIRST HEALTH
- CAREFIRST - CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
- CAREFIRST - CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
- TRICARE - Tricare Standard
- UNITED HEALTHCARE - United Healthcare Choice Plus
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