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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Stephen Gunther is an experienced and attentive physician specializing in orthopedic surgery in Washington, D.C. Dr. Gunther received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He then completed his internship at the Yale-New Haven Hospital Main Campus, followed by his residency at Newington Children’s Hospital. Dr. Gunther then returned to the Yale-New Haven Hospital Main Campus for his fellowship program. Dr. Gunther is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and is a member of the MedStar Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Gunther speaks both English and French, which makes him widely accessible to patients from a myriad of cultural backgrounds. Dr. Gunther’s medical experience is vast and impressive. His areas of special interest include hand surgery and joint replacement.
Verified Patient Reviews
My appointment was for 1:15. Dr. Gunther saw me at 2:30 without even so much as a "Sorry for your wait." If you go, plan your day accordingly.
Dr. Stephen Gunther was amazing. He explained everything to us and gave us choices and listen to all our concerns and answered all our questions. Four of my family members are patients of Dr. Gunther and he has helped all four. We love him and wished other doctor took the time and really cared about their patients.
As always, Dr Gunther attends to my needs. He is very personable, and makes sure I understand everything before I leave his office. My diagnosis is bilateral carpal tunnel. Previously, I received injections to help with the pain. This visit, we discussed and made the decision to go ahead with the procedure on one side this very week. Dr. Gunther understands how I feel about the procedure, and has reassured me as to how much better I will be for having it done. Thank you
I had my initial meeting with Dr Gunther and left feeling very hopeful about my situation. He asked me to give him 2 weeks so that he could think about my problem and speak to my other doctors regarding my condition. After 2 and a half weeks I tried calling to speak with him to find out what my next steps are but I have been unsuccessful in trying to reach him this second time. I have left several messages and spoken to several staff members who have all promised that they would relay my messages and he would call me back. To this date, NO ONE has called me back. This has went on for 3 months. Totally unacceptable, not to mention unprofessional. I will be going to another doctor who has time for his patients.
Helpful in mapping out treatment plans for orthopedic ailments.
The office staff was friendly but extraordinarily inefficient. The wait to see Dr. Gunther was over 2 hours for a 15 minute appt.
The doctor showed great knowledge and bedside manner but I was in the office for a total of two and a half hours, since I arrived early per their request, was put in the exam room a half hour after my appointment time, and then waited there for an hour and 45 minutes. We all have lives and jobs too - unacceptable to make patients wait like that.
I did have a lot more waiting time after I was brought to the examination room, much longer than I expected.
He relieved my trigger finger pain that I've suffered with for 5 months in one office visit. This exceeded my expectations.
Very skillful in his practice.
Dr. Gunther was the consummate professional--an outstanding physician. I will see him if I have any other issues.
Terrible wait time. When he was in the room, Dr Gunther was great. Leery about going back, personally.
Great visit today and I plan to return in six months. I have trust and confidence in Dr. Gunther. He addressed all my questions and I left reassured.
Dr. Gunther is THE BEST. I do not care how long I have to wait he is very professional. I love his service.
He's very knowledgeable and took time to understand the issue.
If you need to see an orthopedist about knee problems, see Dr. David Johson instead. Dr. Gunther admitted that most people who schedule him through ZocDoc are there for knee problems and he is not the knee orthopedic specialist. Dr. David Johnson is the knee specialist to see. Dr. Johnson is a former olympic swimmer and Dr. Gunther actually mentored him as his attending physician back in Yale. Dr. Gunther is very intelligent and pleasant, but I think his specialties are hand, wrist, and knee replacement surgery, not overall knee problems.
I really appreciated his professional and friendly staff as well as his frankness with the matters at "hand" and flexibility with my time schedule.
Very friendly doctor with years of beneficial experience. Recommended.
Dr. Gunther is awesome! I love his bed-side manner and the wait time may be a little long, but well worth it. He is so in-depth with his patients and takes the time to explain your symptoms in detail and in layman's terms. He always knows exactly what the problem is and how to fix it, and surgery is not his first option. He is also very gentle with his needles (smile). I cannot say enough good things about him.
Very impressed with his knowledge and demeanor.
Dr. Gunther's manner is very straightforward. He patiently answered all my questions with respect for both practical needs and my feelings.
I had had two cortisone shots for my trigger finger problem and was ready for surgery (as after the condition comes back after two tries of cortisone I had been told surgery was the next step. I had found Dr. Gunther based on recommendations that he was an excellent hand surgeon. Dr. Gunther said although the odds seemed to be against it we could try a third cortisone shot and that he had had a good track record with these shots. In fact he did it somewhat differently from the prior two -I as a layman could notice the difference. After 6 months trigger finger has not come back. Although it still may come back, this is by far the longest I have been free of it and I am very hopeful.
Dr. Gunther is truly a great provider. He listens and takes good care of me. It is unfortunate that i am an employee who used my lunch hour to see him and wait over 1 1/2 hrs almost each visit. Something has to be done about the wait time. if he is late then someone should say something and give the option to reschedule. i would love to refer others but not for that wait time.
he is a very pleasant and personable man who comes across as highly competent.
Professional - the staff members were waiting for me and my paperwork was together. I appreciate that he created an earlier time for me to come into the office.
He was a nice man, but for a orthopedic he didn't know much about my issues. i was a little surprised
Dr. Gunther was very pleasant to work with. He works with mostly older patients needing knee replacements as he explained to me. I was not aware of this prior to my visit.
Visit with Gunther was fine, he diagnosed right away and suggested a course of action. However, the office he's operating in was VERY behind on the day I was there- my appointment was scheduled at 2:30, with the standard 'show up 15 min early for paperwork caveat.' I get there at 2:15, fill out paperwork, wait in the waiting room for what seems like a little bit too long but nothing extreme. The real fun began when I got called back to the examination room. I think I was called back around 3 or around there. I ended up falling asleep waiting. By 3:40 I woke up. The doctor came back to examine me around 4:30, talked to me and explained what was wrong very clearly and succinctly, and then left to find a person to schedule me for a follow up. Subsequently, I waited another 20 minutes for that person to be found, when I was finally informed she had left for the day. Luckily as I was tearing out of there the person at the front desk reminded me to get my parking validated.
Dr. Gunther's disposition is not a good one.
Dr. Gunther is very friendly, he takes the time to speak with his patients. His staff helpful and also very organized.
It was, overall, a very positive experience.
It was very good, he's kind and has a good sense of humor!