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Dr. Rajeev Pandarinath, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist

Professional statement

Dr. Pandarinath is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at George Washington University. He specializes in Sports Medicine, specifically surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow, Hip, and Knee. He is also the Orthopedic Team Physician for the George Washington University Colonials' Division 1 Athletic Teams. While Dr. Pandarinath sees patients of all kinds, he specializes in problems that are often treated with minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery. Examples of these are rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, hip impingement, ligament tears of the knee, patellar instability, meniscal tears, and cartilage restoration surgery. He is dedicated to improving function and quality of life for his patients, and actively publishes research papers and has presented his research at various national meetings. Dr. Pandarinath's practice includes athletes of all levels, from "weekend warriors" to intercollegiate and professional athletes. He did his Orthopedic Surgery residency at the renowned UCLA Medical Center, and then went to Thomas Jefferson University for a Sports Medicine fellowship, where he worked as an Assistant Team Physician for the Philadelphia Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, and 76ers, as well as St. Joseph’s University.

In-network insurances

  • AdvantageMD
  • Adventist Health
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Sports Medicine Specialist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • The George Washington University Hospital
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of North Carolina, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Thomas Jefferson University, Fellowship in Sports Medicine

Professional memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Awards and publications

  • Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society
  • National Science Foundation Fellow

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1700023561

Office locations

GWMFA Orthopaedics

George Washington Medical Faculty Associates

2300 M Street NW, 5th Fl

Washington, DC 20037

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Very organized - fully explained. Waiting time was a bit longer than I had anticipated but I guess it was just one of those days.
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Everything was fine with the visit, but the receptionist made me pay before even I met the doctor. :(
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The entire team there were very good about moving me along through check in, then to x rays and then to the visit. Never waited more than a few minutes in between each step. So that was good. Dr Pandarinath isa nice guy and provided me with options my current orthopedic doctor had not so it's encouraging. Would have liked a little more of a "this is my recommendation" than what I got which was "here are all of the things we could do... now you (me) tell us which you'd like to try". But I'll keep working with him for a bit and see if we get some results.
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Dr. Pandarinath was friendly, informative, detailed & helpful. His staff was friendly & efficient. They did X-rays on the spot, provided me with his evaluation after examining my shoulder & offered options for treatment. He was able to treatme with an injection which he performed right away. His visit with me was quick, but thorough & not rushed. He informed me what to expect & the best way to reach him if I did not get relief. I was extremely happy with our interaction & his care.
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Dr. Pandarinath was engaging, listened well, gave options for a solution.
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Excellent, thorough and patiently answered questions.
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I saw Dr Pandarinath to receive a consultation on a shoulder injury. I found him to be very friendly, engaged, and informative. Even though it was clear he was very busy, he took the time to answer my questions thoroughly, andhelped me come up with a plan for surgery. I would also give kudos to the hospital staff, who remained polite and friendly despite how busy it was.
Less than 1 year ago
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Great! Saw me on time. Took time to hear my issues and needs.
Less than 1 year ago
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Excellent practitioner. Focuses on my outcomes. Not rushed. Highly recommend.
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Visit with dr seemed rushed and the office staff is horrendous they need to be trained from the bottom to the top unfortunately for me I will have to find a new orthopedic doctor
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Dr. Pandarinath is a pleasant, patient and caring physician. It took awhile to see him because of scheduling complications with his office, but these things happen. I was first assessed by a trainer with the GW athletic programs who was workingwith Dr. Pandarinath, then I was sent for x-rays before seeing the doctor. In retrospect, I don't believe the x-rays were necessary but are ordered as a matter of course. I appreciate that they are likely required to diagnose most orthopedic conditions, and since they can be done right there in the office, it facilitates the flow of appointments. But, in my case, if Dr. Pandarinath had evaluated me himself prior to ordering the films, I would have been spared the unnecessary expense and radiation ... and interaction with the least friendly x-ray technician I've ever encountered.
Less than 1 year ago
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I felt like this was a very impersonal assessment of my problem. I feel like the doctor didn't really take the time to understand what was going on or offer solutions that made my pain better. The whole office seems kindof like a conveyor belt operation. Get em in the door, get the co-pay and push them out. The doctor himself was fine - he was friendly enough . But I also didn't get a sense he really understood my problem and I didn't feel like he took the time to try and find out either.
Less than 1 year ago
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Everyone in the office was helpful, knowledgeable, efficient, and took time to answer my questions.
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He was very helpful. I was leaning toward surgery for my knees and he helped me make that decision.
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Dr. P was great.
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He is great. Knows me. I trust his judgement. I
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Very professional support staff. Dr. talked to me and asked the right questions so I felt he fully understood my concerns.
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Very professional and kind. Excellent bedside manner. Wonderful ancillary staff-athletic trainer and radiology tech.
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I left this appointment crying. As a previous competitive gymnast, my body has seen better days. I had knee surgery almost 4 years ago and still suffer from bad knee pain (I can't sleep without an ice pack on my knee).After "reviewing" (used loosely) the files from my previous ortho doctor, Dr. Pandarinath spent 3 minutes with me, told me I was, essentially, fabricating the pain, and that there was nothing more he could do. He sent me off with a prescription for an MRI to give to a pain management specialist. It is never fun when a doctor doesn't believe you are in pain. What's worse is a doctor not taking the time to learn your case or maintain any sort of bedside- I left in tears feeling like I was crazy. Unless you have a broken bone or something that's obviously wrong, stay away from Dr. Pandarinath!!
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It turns out the injury I THOUGHT I had was not the injury I actually had. Dr. Pandarinath and his intern did a good job looking for the actual problem and prescribing a treatment for it.
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He was just ok. I spent more useful time with his assistant who was great.
More than 1 year ago
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The Doctor was prompt and asked good questions. He came up with three solutions to help my issue. He was friendly and approachable. I wish the reception used zocdoc as that would have reduced the paperwork and initial wait time greatly.
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I had a good visit with Dr. Pandarinath. I didn't have to wait very long before I was called in and I was seen in less than 10 minutes. He was courteous, professional and answered all of my questions.
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Dr. Pandarinath is a great doctor. He comes in and is very cordial/kind. He gets to know you, about your injury, and then is very quick and accurate with his diagnosis. I would definitely recommend Dr. Pandarinath.
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Very professional, friendly, and helpful.
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Great bedside manner. Knowledgeable, open-minded, and very pleasant to converse with. Highly recommended.
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Overall, an excellent visit. Not too long of a wait to be seen or in the room before the doctor comes in.
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The doctor seemed very competent but the office is a zoo. They see way too many people it seems. It took them over 10 minutes to even look up at me in the check-in desk and even acknowledge me -- Istarted wondering whether that was even a check-in desk and I was in the wrong place. The attendant was very pleasant once I was acknowledged. Then I waited every step of the way and it took me two hours to go through a pretty simple appointment. I saw the doctor maybe 3 minutes. It seems that they could turn people around faster and create a much better experience if they didn't try to squeeze as many people.
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He printed out an order for me to do PT but didn't chart it. When I couldn't find the form and called his office to get a new copy, he hadn't charted the order! So the nurses wouldn't re-issue me theorder until they spoke to him. But apparently they're only a messaging system. So it took a full week to get one piece of paper that said that I can go to PT. By the way, I'd already had too appointments scheduled. I impressed on them the importance of the timeliness and they would not move any faster. It was a miserable experience and I felt like I was so unimportant.
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Very thorough.
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I went to see Dr. Pandarinath for a recurring knee pain. He looked at the X-rays and rushed me out telling me it is a normal tear and wear. He didn't suggest anything important in terms of how to deal withmy problem. I wish I went to another doctor.
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I filled out the preliminary paper work on line. I got to the office ten minutes prior to my appointment. I still had to wait another twenty minutes before I was called by one of the receptionist. I waited another twentyminutes before the doctor's assistant saw me, than another half an hour before I got my x-ray. After all the waiting, the doctor spend lass than ten minutes with me. He was personable and had a great bedside manner. However, after all the waiting is was impressing.
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Nice guy, straight to the point. No complaints!
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Very helpful, answered all of my questions (and I had a lot). Offered to also review some of my other MRI scans not related to my current visit.
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Given the fact that my appointment was at 8:15am, I was incredibly frustrated with the time it took to bring me back to the exam room (30mins), for the MA to come back into the room (15mins) to bring me straightto X-rays I didn't necessarily expect with no explanation, to actually be taken into the x-ray room (30mins), then to wait for the doctor's resident come in (15mins), then after she left, for the doctor to come in (20mins). No one told me what was happening the entire time, apologized, or explained/warned me about the delays. They didn't discuss my x-ray results until I directly asked them about them.
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It was a busy, but other than the wait, everyone was very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.
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Dr. Pandarinath is extremely professional and knows what he is doing, plus he has a personality and you can tell he wants to help you! I would highly recommend him!
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I don't think he believed that I was in as much pain as I tried to describe. I had to beg for a pain medication.
More than 1 year ago
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The office was clean and neat. He greeted me with and hand shake. The staff was very professional
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It was wonderful he did a fantastic job .
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My visit was excellent. The doctor actually listens to the patient. He works with the patient to come up with the best plan of treatment. This is something that I really appreciate. Dr. Pandarinath is awesome!
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Very professional and empathetic. Listened without interrupting. Great patient rapport.
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I would highly recommend the doctor and the whole office. Everyone was very professional. He was very knowledgeable about my situation. I must say that his online reviews were very true.
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It was a really good visit. Dr. Pandarinath is very professional. My appt. was at 1:30, but I was seen early and I left the office at 1:40. Thanks Zocdoc!!!
More than 1 year ago
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The staff and Dr. Pandarinath were courteous and professional. I was very pleasue with my interaction with and treatment by Dr. Pandarinath.
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Attentive and quick. Listened to me and I left with what I came to get.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Pandarinath was fantastic. I went in for a surgical consult to reconstruct my ACL. He was very knowledgeable and efficient. He was able to give me a clear understanding of my options and explain the benefits of each type ofprocedure. I've had two previous ACL reconstructions and with Dr. Pandarinath I experienced the fastest recovery time by far. Within a month of the surgery I was already back to practicing yoga! My knee already feels much more stable and I haven't had anywhere near the same levels of muscle atrophy or pain that I experienced with the previous two surgeries. Overall I highly recommend Dr. Pandarinath (and his lovely surgical coordinator, Laurie!). It has been a wonderful experience.
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Dr.P is an intelligent and articulate doctor who listens well. His interns aren't always the best, but they're learning.
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Dr. Pandarinath is very down-to-earth and easy to talk to. He's a good listener and very patient with his patients! :)
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He performed a complete examination of my condition, and presented me with well-considered options. Very professional, and concerned about my pain.
More than 1 year ago
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