My knee started bothering me eons ago, but I thought if I pretended it didn’t hurt, the pain would go away.  When I finally gave in, my internist recommended Dr. Lewis as the best, so I went and saw Dr. Lewis.  Now, a few months after my knee surgery, I agree.  He IS the best.  My new knee does everything I could possibly want.  The office staff is great, but Dr. Lewis’s medical assistant is even better than that — so very approachable, patient and kind.  She could answer all of the questions that I asked, whenever I asked them, and answer them in a way that didn’t make me feel stupid for asking.

- Carolyn Naifeh
Arlington, VA

Dear Dr. Barth & Dr. Rudzki,

I am writing to thank you for your tireless efforts to help me become the athlete I am today. Without your knowledge and skills, I would not be able to enjoy the things I love to do. I will set up an appointment the next time I am in DC. Meanwhile, I will send you a complete email update about my elbow in the next week or so. Thank you for everything.

Happy Holidays,
Cascade Tuholske

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- Cascade Tuholske

I had a knee injury for several months that was bothering me while I ran and worked out. Dr. Shaffer was the first doctor I saw; however, I did get a second opinion. The knee pain was very troubling to me because I am an avid athlete who competes regularly and the pain was interrupting my lifestyle. We had originally chosen another course of treatment, but if failed to solve my pain, so it became clear that we needed to follow a more aggressive approach.

Dr. Shaffer was terrific. He was honest about my options and explained all consequences both positive and negative. I felt very confident that I was able to make an educated choice. By having a second opinion that confirmed the course of action, I had even greater comfort. We chose an approach that addressed the current problem, but also addressed other biomechanical challenges that I faced (even though they did not bother me).

My recovery was very smooth. Dr. Shaffer recommended a great PT and I followed their instructions to the T. Plus, the office staff is a wonderful group of people who were very helpful.

- Jennifer Manner
Bethesda, Maryland

I had two surgeries with Dr. Shaffer: one in 1996 on a progressively worsening rotator cuff tear left shoulder that began with ski injury. Thirteen years later, in 2009, I had surgery for an extensive acute rotator cuff tear, with extreme pain, after I fell while running.

Dr. Shaffer does not rush to do surgery. He explains non-surgical options, and pursues them. He recommends surgical intervention only when he is satisfied non-surgical options are exhausted.

Immediately following each of the cuff repairs, Dr. Shaffer thoroughly and patiently explained the procedure, outcome, and my status to my wife. Near term and long term follow-up with me was to ensure that I reached physical therapy milestones. Dr. Shaffer had different office assistants for each of my surgeries; both were well trained — technically and in patient relations.

Dr. Shaffer is, above all, a skilled orthopedic surgeon. In the case of my two surgeries, that skill was tested because of the extent of damage. To gain a favorable outcome with a difficult injury, the combination of a talented surgeon and patient compliance with physical therapy is essential. That was my experience with and after surgery by Dr. Shaffer. With respect to range of motion, strength and comfort, I could not have had a better long-term result — in both instances. Also, Dr. Shaffer has a pleasant, personable and friendly manner. He communicates in conversation-speak, not in lecture-speak.

- Sorell Schwartz
Rockville, Maryland

Some 15 years ago, after thorough due diligence, including conversations with some of his peers, I sought Dr. Shaffer’s help for a torn rotator cuff, his declared specialty. Before his first touch, I felt the depth and breadth of his medical skills exceeded his reputation. More importantly, I sensed his willingness to take ownership of my problem; to make a personal investment in my repair. Clearly, his gratification depended on my successful outcome.

During subsequent visits over the years, I further realized his interest in helping patients went well beyond his specialty. He graciously offered tentative diagnoses and invaluable advice on other of my orthopaedic issues, several ignored by other doctors. He personally intervened on my behalf, enabling and introducing me to medical expertise and resources outside his practice, medical care that I could not have discovered without his guidance.

Dr. Shaffer is the complete physician: he heals the person. Hippocrates must be proud of him.

- P. David Pappert
Bethesda, Maryland