Elbow, Rotator Cuff Tear, Plantar Fasciitis and Arthritis Doctor in Arlington Virginia


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1715 North George Mason Dr.
Medical Offices C
Suite 504
Arlington Virginia 22205

Phone: 703-525-2200
Fax: 703-522-2603

Monday-Thurs / 8:00am - 5pm
Friday / 8:00am - 4pm

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Robert P. Nirschl, M.D., M.S.

Orthopedic Surgeon in Arlington Virgina

Dr. Robert Nirschl is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin (Marquette University) and received his orthopaedic surgery training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He holds a Master’s Degree in orthopaedic surgery from the University of Minnesota. He served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy as an orthopaedic surgeon after his residency at the Mayo Clinic, before joining the clinical faculty (orthopedic surgery) at Georgetown University Medical Center and starting private practice in Arlington Virginia.



  • MD, Medical College of Wisconsin (Marquette University)
  • MS, University of Minnesota (in orthopaedic surgery)

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

  • American Board of Orthopedic surgeons

  • Founder Nirschl Orthopaedic Center and Virginia Sportsmedicine Institute
  • Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who
  • Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni Award (2017)
  • The Virginia Board of Medicine Service Award
  • Outstanding Service Medal, the highest civilian award from the Uniformed Medical School (USUHS)
  • Founder and Director of the Nirschl Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
  • Lifetime Career Award from the Virginia Orthopedic Society
  • The Wellborn Award for community service from the Arlington County Medical Society
  • The Achievement Award from The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Profiled in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World
  • Served on the Board of Councilors for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Served on the Board of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Served as President of the Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • Served on the Arlington County Medical Society
  • Founding member of the United States Tennis Association Sports Science Committee
  • Served as an Orthopaedic Surgery Consultant to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under the Reagan administration
  • Northern Virginia Magazine’s "Top Doctors"
  • Consumers’ Research Council of America “Top Doctors”
  • Profiled in Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine
  • Profiled in Sports Illustrated
  • Appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America
  • Chief Medical Editor for Orthopedics Today
  • Published 54 medical book chapters and 65 medical articles
  • Holds four U.S. patents on Functional Count’R-Force Sports Braces
  • Marymount University
  • O’Connell High School

  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Knee
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Sports Medicine
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
  • Hand/Wrist


Patient Testimonials

"I have been seeing Dr. Nirschl since I was 12 years old and he is the only doctor I trust to give me an on-the-spot professional opinion. With his wealth of knowledge it gives me a real peace of mind that he is there to make sure I am healthy and can go out and compete at the highest level. I would personally recommend Dr. Nirschl and the rest of the staff at Nirschl Orthopaedic and Virginia Sportsmedicine to anyone."

Brandon Snyder
1st round draft pick Baltimore Orioles

“I’ve been an athlete all my life. Competitive Tennis, Masters Crew team, working out and golf. Since 1999 I’ve had 4 knee repair surgeries, two shoulder surgeries, and a tendonitis repair with the new Tenex procedure. I’m happy to say that I’ve returned to some tennis, working out, yoga, and some golf. Dr. Nirschl and his physical therapists are top notch with a goal of helping you return to a life style of activity at whatever level is appropriate.”

Lynn W

“I was referred to Dr. Nirschl by my rheumatologist after months of physical therapy and a series of cortisone shots failed to relieve pain in my rotator cuff. He had an x-ray taken (in his office), examined my shoulder, asked questions and patiently listened to what I had to say. He then administered another type of injection in a different part of my shoulder than the cortisone shots. Instantly, I was able to easily raise the arm above my head and bend it behind my back without pain -- something that had not been possible for nearly 6 months. As far as I'm concerned, Dr. Nirschl is truly a miracle worker. He's also pleasant, thoughtful and thoroughly professional, with a "bedside manner" that would be the envy of Marcus Welby.”

William C.

“I thought Dr. N was great. My 15 year old has a hip issue we are dealing with. She is a freshman sprinter; Dr. Nirschl took the time to educate her about how whole-body strength is key to her performance. He explained to her the difference between pain before during and after her running. He gave her a thorough exam, was engaging and funny, not rushed. I liked that he was cautious in his diagnosis of her problem, starting her on PT first rather than going straight to a lot of medical testing, poking, and probing that might make her fearful of future testing. We are very happy with Dr. Nirschl.”

Pamela P.

“Dr. Nirschl,
I have often thought of what you did for me and how grateful I am to have found your practice. You truly turned my dire situation around when no one else could. So from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. You are definitely making a difference.”

Stephanie C.