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Dr. Zohair Alam, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Professional statement

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.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • Adventist Health
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Washington Adventist Hospital

Board certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Education and training

  • Howard University Hospital, Residency in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Medical School - Howard University, Doctor of Medicine
  • Sinai Hospital, Fellowship in Joint Replacement Surgery

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1174586556

Office locations

Orthopaedic Specialists of Metropolitan Washington

2101 Medical Park Drive, Suite 110

Silver Spring, MD 20902

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Dr. Alam was very personable, professional, and attentive to the concerns I shared with him. He was thorough in his response and I appreciated his sound medical recommendations.
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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
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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.
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Great experience
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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.
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Great! Answered all questions, gave suggestions, and was able to tell me what to expect and the need for a follow-up appt.
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Professional and to the point.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Very professional but friendly. Full exam for knee and back.
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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
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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.
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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 takencare of within 30 minutes. I would absolutely go back if I continue to have issues following physical therapy.
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Excellent. I have seen him before years ago and I'm glad I found him for my current issue.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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 sofar, he explained the prognosis and the length of recovery. Was willing to do the follow-up and take further action if needed.
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Dr. Alam is great and very personable. He is thorough and leaves nothing to chance. He tests everything to make sure you are ok.
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Great Front Desk Staff, Nurses and Physician. Highly Recommended.
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No complaints!
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The entire appointment went very well.
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Thank you so much for taking a good care of my son. You are excellent Doctor.
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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 professionalopinion and respects my choices. He was extremely busy today but I didn't feel rushed. It was a very good visit.
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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 whatthe 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.
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very nice professional people.. I like everything in this office
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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.
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I like the doctor not prescribing medication. it's a last resort he said only with surgery.
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Dr.Alam was wonderful!
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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 seemaware 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.
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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,
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Quick and easy follow up. I have established a comfortable and open patient - physician relationship with Dr. Alam.
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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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.
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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. Hewanted to schedule surgery to see what he could find, which seemed not a good way to go for me.
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Very professional I feel better today after a long time of pain
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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.
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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.
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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 shouldfit. 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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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 Iwas 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.
More than 1 year ago
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Wonderful physician! Highly recommend.
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The staff as well as the service was excellent as always.
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Friendly staff; the Doc and PA were very helpful and professional.
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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..
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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
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