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OrthoBethesda of Arlington

Virginia Hospital Center
1635 N. George Mason Drive, Suite 180
Arlington Virginia 22205
Joseph O’Brien, MD; Eric Feuchtbaum, MD; Lonnie Davis, MD; and Raymond Thal, MD

OrthoBethesda’s team of highly skilled and specially trained orthopedic surgeons have been restoring function and improving quality of life for 50+ years. The group is now pleased to welcome Dr. Raymond Thal. Internationally recognized, he served as the Washington Football Team’s head physician from 2000-2008 and has consulted for numerous other professional, collegiate and scholastic sports teams.

Q: Why do you do what you do? What motivates and inspires you?

A: Dr. Davis: In the simplest sense, I enjoy my work because I like fixing things. In a more detailed sense, I enjoy orthopedics because it is a marriage of science and humanity. The treatment process is a journey between the physician and the patient—not every broken bone or torn ACL requires the same treatment, nor do all treatments lead to the same results. I am inspired by this process and my role in helping my patients recover from injury and return to their normal lives.

Dr. Thal: Maya Angelou once said, “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” I honestly love orthopedics and am passionate about helping patients return to the activities they love. This passion inspires my contribution to the advancement of orthopedics. I am proud of my significant involvement in orthopedic innovation and its dramatic impact on my patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Feuchtbaum: The best reward for a surgeon is seeing your patient with an improved quality of life after surgery. That’s why we went into this field. We really can make a tremendous impact on each patient’s life.

Q: What qualities do you think are most important to being a successful orthopedic surgeon?

A: Dr. O’Brien: Healthcare is personal. It’s so important to have the patient’s best interests in mind. I’ve always tried to give the patient the care I would want.