Dr. Zohair Alam, MD
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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Alam has been in private practice since 2005, and with Orthopaedic Surgeons of Montgomery County since 2007. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a Distinguished Graduate of Air Force ROTC. After completing medical school at Howard University and being elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, he did his surgical internship at the Wright Patterson AFB Medical Center. He served as a Flight Surgeon at Scott AFB before returning to Howard University to complete his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. Upon returning back to active duty, he served as a staff Orthopaedic Surgeon at Langley AFB, during which time he was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom (and earned an Air Force Commendation Medal.) When he separated from the U.S. Air Force, he completed a joint replacement fellowship at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Alam is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Alam's interests lie in the treatment of hip, knee, shoulder, and all types of orthopaedic disorders. He specializes in joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, trauma and fracture treatment. He is happily married with three children and enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, and skiing.
Verified Patient Reviews
very pleased with the staff, professional, friendly. prompt and polite. same as with the doctor professional yet friendly. thorough and determined to get all information needed to make a right diagnosis
Dr. Alam explained the problem clearly, recommended some things to do to encourage healing, said to return in 2 weeks if the problem hadn't resolved or the pain got worse. The most important message I got was "these things take time." I was alarmed at how long my foot had been hurting ( 2 weeks), but was reassured that it could take as long as 4-6 weeks for it to heal.
He was professional and respectful; he took the time to explain my treatment options and we chose one of them together. His office staff were nice and friendly as well.
The office was very clean, the receptionist was friendly and professional. The wait was very brief and I was seen within just a few minutes. Doctor Alam was very easy to talk to, he asked questions and I feel like he really listened to me.
Professional and to the point.
Great! Answered all questions, gave suggestions, and was able to tell me what to expect and the need for a follow-up appt.
The schedulers were personable and welcoming. Steve, the physician's asst. called me in within 10 minutes of having signed the paperwork I'd submitted online and made my co-pay. He was personable, knowledgeable and courteous, as was Dr. Alam. Arrived and left in approximately 40 minutes. Visit was thorough. Very pleased.
Dr. Alam is the best and the office staff is very friendly and efficient. I never have a long wait when I go there, and they have xray on site which makes treatment quicker. I would highly recommend Dr. Alam to all who have ortho needs.
Very professional but friendly. Full exam for knee and back.
The online check in option saved a lot of time. He was very professional and thorough. I am looking forward to my follow up appointment
I was very pleased from the moment I walked in until I left. from the receptionist to the xray tech, to the person who helps the doctor.
Everyone at the office was friendly and professional. My appointment was at 9 a.m. and I was in the examination room at 9 a.m. I had x-rays, an examination and diganosis by Dr. Alam, and my order for PT all taken care of within 30 minutes. I would absolutely go back if I continue to have issues following physical therapy.
Excellent. I have seen him before years ago and I'm glad I found him for my current issue.
I arrived 10min early and was seen 5min before time. DR. Alam was very pleasant and explained my problem was not as bad as I thought it was. He recommended, and we are starting, a treatment and I am extremely hopeful. DR. Alam explained everything so I could understand it.
dr alam has always been a great person and very precise .i would recommend him to everyone who is having joint or any other issues in that area. he is the best at what he does
A bit on the quick side but I'm sure the practice in busy with patients that need his help. He was flexible and able to see me same day (rare) and accepted my insurance all over the app. all-in-all a great experience.
The appointment was on time; the paperwork was ready and I was taken to the examining area. Dr. Alam had reviewed the MRI and written report, he summarized it and then examined my foot. Asked what steos had been taken so far, he explained the prognosis and the length of recovery. Was willing to do the follow-up and take further action if needed.
Dr. Alam is great and very personable. He is thorough and leaves nothing to chance. He tests everything to make sure you are ok.
Great Front Desk Staff, Nurses and Physician. Highly Recommended.
The entire appointment went very well.
Dr Alam is very professional and thorough. I appreciate that he explains things in great detail because while some patients may not want to hear the technicalities of their condition, for me, the more details the better. He offers his professional opinion and respects my choices. He was extremely busy today but I didn't feel rushed. It was a very good visit.
The office was busy but I filled-out most paperwork from PDF files and brought to office. I only sat down for about 20 minutes before being called. The assistant was very nice and Dr. Alam was amazing. He knew exactly what the problem was and what to do about it. Nice personality and answered my all questions. I got a shot of cortisone and will go to physical therapy for a couple weeks. No need for any surgery at this time. If I need to I will go back again for followup. I fully recommend Dr. Alam.
very nice professional people.. I like everything in this office
I recommend scheduling an early appointment when possible, because the wait times tend to stack up in the afternoons. Overall, Dr. Alam is professional, thorough, and friendly.
I like the doctor not prescribing medication. it's a last resort he said only with surgery.
Dr.Alam was wonderful!
The front office staff and the assistant were very friendly and professional. The x-ray tech was efficient and sensitive to my pain. Dr Alam was very professional and thorough. He read my health profile (some doctors I've visited don't seem aware of patient provided health histories), asked pointed questions, listened to my replies, answered my questions and offered options for treatment. This was my first visit and I'm hopeful that Dr Alum will successfully treat my condition.
The office staff was professional and courteous. I waited only about 10 minutes before being taken to the treatment room and interviewed by the Nurse Practitioner. Another 10 minutes or so I was seen by the doctor who was exceptional. Would highly recommend him to friends and family,
Thank you so much for taking a good care of my son. You are excellent Doctor.
Dr. Alam is very professional. He diagnosed my problem quickly and I left his office feeling better. The front desk staff is very friendly, courteous and professional and I highly recommend this office. I didn't have to wait long at all.
Very professional I feel better today after a long time of pain
Orthopedic practices tend to be busy places and often can be impersonal. Once you get past his staff, Dr. Alam was very personable and thorough in his examination of my complaint of leg pain. He referred me for MRIs and then a pain management specialist.
Quick and easy follow up. I have established a comfortable and open patient - physician relationship with Dr. Alam.
Dr. Alam is very compassionate, friendly, & professional. His expertise allowed him to diagnose my medical issue very quickly, & I would definitely recommend him, especially if you have a hip problem.
My son is non speaking Autistic. He was very good communicating with him and understood immediately his pain status. Since he had very relaxed manners my son was very comfortable with him.
I did not like being fitted for a brace by someone that didn't seem very interested in whether it fit, if I knew how to adjust it. He never mentioned how to clean it, he never really described how it should fit. I would much rather have had my doctor explain these things clearly. Everything felt rushed, and I was an hour early! And THE "assistant's" breath was terrible - he really needs to see a dentist soon. He looks over-fed and underpaid. Never once really looked me in the eye. Loved the doc - for the 4 minutes, so...
It was and I trust hims great, the Doctor was very knowledgeable and competent and if and when I need surgery I will go to him.
This was the first I've had to wait this long before seeing the doctor. Yesterday was extremely busy; I don't think I've seen so many patients in the office at one time.
The receptionists were very friendly even though I was a little bit late for my appointment! I was still seen very quickly and Dr. Alam was very patient answering all my questions.
He is approachable, listens well, and knows what he is doing. A real Pro! I've seen him several times. He has been consistently excellent!
The staff was friendly and efficient. The facilities were adequate but older and just functional, not decorated in a typical manner for a doctor's office. The room I saw the doctor in doubled as a storage area. I felt like I was sitting in a storage closet. The doctor was helpful and gave me good advice. But after being seated in the exam room I waited about a half hour to see him. Given that it was my first visit and I had to complete a lot of forms and they had to look up my records elsewhere I was not too surprised. I doubt that I will return to this practice, however.
Wonderful physician! Highly recommend.
Friendly staff; the Doc and PA were very helpful and professional.
The staff as well as the service was excellent as always.
Dr Alam is fabulos. The office is well ran. Michelle is amazing and courtney is so nice. I would recommend dr alam and his office to anyone with an orthopaedic problem..
The front desk was great. All people involved (pa,X-ray tech) were very nice. Dr alam was soft spoken and listened to what I had to say. I liked him very much. I don't have insurance and his charges were very fair. My treatment is still ongoing. Surgery may be in my future. I think I am in very good hands
The front desk staff was friendly and courteous and you could tell they enjoyed their jobs. The PA Steve was great and so was the doctor. I also liked that it was accessible from downtown Silver Spring via a number of Metrobuses. I would recommend this practice.
Dr. Alam was easy to talk to. He listened to my concern and did not appear to rush through but took the time to explain what was happening and gave me the chance to ask any questions that I may have. The staff was very professional.
This follow up appt was great, very kind and helpful staff. From receptionist to doctor...everybody answered my questions and made me feel comfortable. Thank yoy
I have visited this office before and seen a different doctor and had to wait over an hour to be seen. I don't know if this was a fluke or if it was because I went earlier in the day, but I was seen right on time. Dr. Alam was efficient yet knowledgeable and gave me a much better cast based on my injury.
Excellent service from both receptionist. Very efficient and personable. The medical assistant was very professional and helpful. He understood my concerns and was able to relay that information to the doctor before Dr. Alam saw me. The x-ray technician was very professional and understanding. The Doctor was very thorough in his exam. He was a great listener. He let me ask all the questions I needed to ask. He gave me thorough instructions for my back. The medical assistant showed me how to use my new lumbar support wrap. Excellent staff.
Very helpful and very professional. Took time to explain everything. Thanks Dr.
My right hand was hurting when I move it in certain positions. The doctor did x-ray, said there is no issue at all. He recommended to wear a hand brace only during sleeping. Followed his orders, I am writing this review after almost 25 days of my visit. My hand is perfect. God Bless this doctor.
The office was able to schedule me within a few days of my inquiry. Everyone was friendly and professional. Highly recommended.
(I had a car accident and was referred by my other doctor - very reputable rederral!) The receptionists answered my questions & were very polite, all while having other patients in the waiting room. When I was called back to my room, They had a simple system to complete the consultation, they had me do a x-ray, and doctor's physical exam all took less than an hour! I highly recommend this doctor! Thank you! - WF
The visit was exactly what I needed. This is the third orthopedic doctor I have seen, and the first to give me a clear assessment of the problems and a plan of action. I definitely recommend that others see him if they are having problems.
It was convenient and excellent. I recommend to all my families and my friends.
The office is well run and friendly, the doctor was on time and very communicative -- exactly how I hope a new doctor will be.
From receptionists to Dr Alam comforting, assuring and professional were not absent.I had Dr Alam's phone number still with me since my last consultation in 2008.The reason being his professionalism and his effective prescription. Thank you Dr.
Dr. Alam has a wonderful bedside manner, explains the problem clearly, and is very knowledgeable. I didn't rush out, which many doctors love to do nowadays, and I would definitely see him again and highly recommend him.
This was my first visit with Dr Alam and I found him pleasant, courteous and knowledgable. This was just my second visit to the office but still feel that I could recommend this practice. One perhaps minor issue today was that I was led to the examining room by a man in a white coat who started to ask me some questions. I had never seen him before and he didnt introduce himself so I had no idea who he was. I had to stop him to ask.
Great experience with Dr. Alam and the staff in his office. Everyone from the front desk to the radiology technician to the PA was delightful, caring and attentive. Dr. Alam himself had a terrific attitude toward my care and took ample time to explain his diagnosis and next steps. As much as I hope I won't have to visit an orthopedic surgeon again in the future, if the need arises, I'll call Dr. Alam's office first!
I went in with a broken bone in my palm from a mountain bike accident. The doctor diagnosed it right away and put a splint. On the followup visit he took it off an said all should be fine within a month or so. I am doing just fine now. Very good and professional doctor.
Read all my history well informed helped me understand the prognosis. PA was tbrough in listening to me. Able to get xray on site.
Front desk staff were professional and engaging; the other staff members were too (the individual who took me to the exam room and the one who took the x-rays). Dr. Alam ran a battery of tests and quickly diagnosed my problem. My overall experience was a positive one; I highly recommend Dr. Alam!
Dr Alam is a highly competent physician who while being friendly was businesslike in an excellent manner. He was able to identify my problem quickly following his examination and make positive suggestions of how to deal with it. I would recommend him to anyone in need of orthopedic expertise. The staff was supportive and courteous in every way. Finding his suite in the building, however, is hampered by a disorderly system of numbering suites.
Love his PA! Staff were all very quick and efficient. I was in and out in 15 minutes.
I Think Dr. AlAm Is Very ProfessIonal And Knowledgeable.
Overall experience from the front desk staffer named Michele to Steve Cohen, Marie and Dr. Alam all very pleasant, unrushed, personable and efficient.
Dr. Alam and his staff are wonderful and I recommend him highly.
Visit was good, doctor was prompt and on time and very knowledgeable gave me good directions on how to be treat my injury.
Dr. Alam replaced my right shoulder five years ago and did an excellent job. I look forward with confidence to working with him in the future.
Exceeded my expectations and a true professional. Great and courteous staff.
He reviewed my X-rays and discussed my knee problem in detail. He patiently answered all my questions and was objective in his responses. Surgery in his view is a last resort. I was very pleased with my visit and the fact that he demonstrated an interest in my situation. I did not at all feel like this was a surgery factory.
Professional, kind, explained things very thoroughly. His physicians assistant was funny, fast, and knowledgable. Excellent experience.
It was good, considering the new change in office location. There are obviously some kinks to work out in their office structure because they have grown, but the care is most important and Dr. Alam and his nursing and business office staff are very good and work with you and your needs. Front Desk needs some work (given folks are in pain); it seemed a bit chaotic and stressful for them.
Excellent Service, Thank you so much. The staff and Dr. Alam all provided excellent service!
Very thorough and answered all of my questions.
Exceeds expectations with his outstanding bedside manners and veracity. Would recommend him to anyone.
Dr. Alam was very knowledgable, personable and helpful. He was knowledgable about my condition and gave me practical recommendations to treat my back.
Dr. Alam conducted a thorough exam before he diagnosed my condition. He gave me immediate treatment and good advice regarding treatments and exercises. He and his office colleagues worked as a highly competent team. In addition to being an excellent orthopedist, he was thoughtful and kind. I highly recommend Dr. Alam.
Dr Alam is a wonderful physician. I recommend all my friends and family to his practice; for any pain that they might have. I am always pleased with the service we all receive.. Thanks Dr. Alam
Great. Fast and easy. Very helpful.
after two other radiologit/ER visits finally got a cast for my fracture-Yay!
I really liked Dr. Alam. He was very calm and thorough and listened to my questions and responded thoughtfully. I wasn't too crazy about his assistant - I feel like he was very rushed and wasn't really listening to what I was saying.
Dr. Alam was great, couldn't offer much relief due to my situation but still nice. My only complaints are: 1. Lack of convienient and available parking. Even paid parking lots are full. 2. Room was dirty when I entered it. Was very poor clean up while I waited inside it. Dirty bandage, drained body fluid on the floor, eww. 3. Long wait to see the doctor in the room.
Understood my concerns and provided great information. All went smoothly. PA Steve Cohen was also great.
Seen quickly didnt really have to wait, nice and friendly staff. Parking right by the office not free tho but it was only $7 for allday $5 for 1-2
All good about him and his attitude. I just felt he is kind of in a hurry. But even that, i was satisfied since i got all my answers. The fact that he is against surgery unless necessary, i respect that.
Listened to me, provided good care and follow up
Very Pleased..like the professionalism, easy process, and friendly staff!
Very knowledgeable and quick to determine the problem. The only problem I had was that I spent more time in the waiting room and doing x-rays (which wasn't very long) than I did interacting with the doctor. He arrived with a trainee and spoke to the trainee (new doctor) instead of speaking to me (the patient). Maybe its different when he isn't training someone but it was very rushed. He had another attendant (maybe a technician of sorts) who explained to me in the general waiting area how to treat the affected area and wrote me a prescription for physical therapy. I would have liked to express all of my concerns to the doctor instead of feeling like I was on a factory line. He didn't have a lot of patients in the waiting area (2 people) and the rooms didn't look filled with many people (3 including myself).
This was my first visit and I was impressed with the services I received. I will definitely use him for evaluations.
He explains the problem in layman's terms.
Dr. Alam was very concerned about my problem and asked sufficient questions to learn more. I felt he was listening closely to what I said. He has a great bedside manner. The receptionists were very friendly and helpful. The office and examination rooms are pleasant. They are able to take x-rays onsite and review them immediately. Overall, I had a great experience with Dr. Alam and the Orthopaedic Surgeons of MoCo office!
Thought the doctor was very understanding of my daughter injury and had a great bed side manner. the only negative was the waiting time.
Dr. Alam prepared himself very well by thoroughly familiarizing himself with my history and the diagnosis of the referring physician. He had no need to ask those 20 questions that we all have answered over and over again. He treated my condition while exhibiting a true concern for my physical health and my fears.
He answered my questions, he was friendly, and he was comforting
This was my first visit for a sports injury and I was unfamiliar with orthopedics in general. Dr. Alam did a good job in terms of showing that he was knowledgeable, was professional, and had students with him, which is always good to see. The missing star is that I sensed a level of urgency in the office - as if I was being seen simultaneously with others. I would expect a specialist to want to make their patient feel comfortable with their situation and options, but that was lacking here. So overall, I would still recommend him because it seems that under different, less busy circumstances he would be more attentive and everything else was great.
Dr. Alam was very professional and efficient in the handling of my office visit. He and his staff were appreciative that I had taken care of much of the paperwork involved with my visit on line prior to my appointment. I was able to be seen immediately. Dr. Alam was being shadowed by two resident physician. He explained who the were and asked if I was comfortable with the teaching situation. I appreciated his consideration and felt very comfortable with his handling of my appointment. Additionally, his scheduler was very informative and helpful in securing my upcoming surgery.
Overall he was good, I just had concerns when he couldn't pinpoint the cause of continual fluid on my knee, other than it's probably a small tear in my meniscus. This was after two visits, X-rays, and a full MRI. He wanted to schedule surgery to see what he could find, which seemed not a good way to go for me.
Seemed smart and competent. Office staff was personable.
Dr. Alam, was thorough, very professional, very helpful, answered all questions.
Parking lot was crowded.
I am so impressed with both Dr. Alam and his staff. His bedside manner is great. He listens and gives great advise. I would give him the highest recommendation!
The nicest group I have ever encountered
Dr. Alam and his staff were great! I arrived early and they took me a few minutes early. Steve, the PA, was great. Dr. Alam was very attentive and spoke in terms I understood and once he was thru, he asked if I had any questions. I was extremley pleased and would highly recommend him.
A great doctor, God has gifted him with magical hands.
Very professional and considerate. Top rate staff and efficient operation.
I was very pleased with my visit, from beginning to end. Dr. Alam's assistant, the xray technician, and Dr. Alam were all very professional and helpful. Dr. Alam took his time with my appointment and did not make me feel rushed. I recommend him and I would use him again.
I didn't spend much time with him, but his diagnosis and recommendation for physical therapy made perfect sense and he seems genuinely concerned with helping me resolve my health issue. I will definitely follow up with him if my problems are not resolved and would recommend him to anyone.
I believe my wait time was due to this visit being from a car accident and the additional paperwork I needed to fill out. The office staff is great. They welcome each patient as they enter the door and provide you with paper work to fill in or update within minutes. Dr. Alam's physician assistant is also wonderful. He is clearly a valuable member of his staff. Dr. Alam was also impressive as always. I have seen many orthopedic surgeons, and it is nice to discuss my issues without feeling rushed as well as to be given real time to ask questions.
i thought it went very well. I have thought of many more questions, but of course I could make them on a follow up visit.
Very good doctor. He knows what he's doing, he gives off a very calm and professional air, and he has a friendly, easy going demeanor. Dr. Alam is a top notch doctor.
Exactly what I wanted. I was in and out and all my questions were answered.
I had asked if he was a hand specialist prior to my visit. I was told he was an orthopedic and that made him a hand specialist. I needed to see someone more qualified to check my finger.
I was impressed and felt taken care of
Very professional and knowledgeable. He figured out what was likely wrong, explained everything well, and made plans to follow up if things don't clear up.
He is just magnificent doctor. he listens carefully to the patient, genius in diagnosing the cause of the pain. I would love to thank him very much.
Dr. Alam was friendly, courteous, and attentive. He listened, talked about the possible diagnoses, and explained the recommended a course of treatment clearly. I never felt rushed. I'm hopeful that my condition will improve quickly. The staff was friendly--and funny. I wouldn't hesitate to return to his office if I need to.
Doctor Alam has a great staff, the office is in a convenient location, and both lot & street parking are available. The doc has a very pleasant bedside manner, and he's the right mix of optimistic & pragmatic. I don't want to have any more knee surgeries, but I'd trust Dr. Alam to perform it if I needed one!
Dr. Alam is extremely profession. He did a thorough examination and explained everything to me and my 9-year-old son, the patient. He is great with kids.
He explains the diagnosis and his recommended treatment.
Dr. Zohair was very knowledgeable about my condition. He listened to my concerns and sent me to a great physical therapist.
Great office and great doctor.
He listens well, explains the symptoms in layman's terms, discusses a treatment plan, and gives you a sense of what to expect down the road.
Thorough exam and very conservative treatment options - surgery recommended as a last resort.
This was a great doctors visit. He listens to every word and makes you feel comfortable. I would refer him to anyone in need. Keep up the great work!
His examination was most thorough. He communicated clearly. He was compassionate. In sum, I couldn't have been more pleased.
Dr. Alam is very professional. And most of all Honest. I highly recommend him, there are many doctors who would right away tell you you need a cast. Dr Alam reviewed and showed me the x-rays of my foot, and assured me that it was not a broken bone.
Dr. Alam & his staff were great! I managed to get an appointment on short notice, and I was impressed by his cautious and pragmatic approach to diagnosing the nature of my injury.