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Daniel J Valaik, M.D.

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  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip, Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Knee, Core Decompression for Avascular Necrosis of the Hip, Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis of the Hip), Femoral Fractures, Femoral-Acetabular Impingement (FAI), Femur Fracture Fixation, High Tibial Osteotomy, Hip Arthritis, Hip Bursitis, Hip Dislocations, Hip Fractures, Joint Injection: Hip, Knee Arthritis, Knee Joint Arthroscopy, Kneecap (Prepatellar) Bursitis, Lateral Release and Medial Imbrication, Loose Body Removal (Knee), Meniscus Tears, Microfracture Drilling Procedure for Isolated Chondral Defect, Muscle Strain Injuries of the Hip, OATS Cartilage Repair Surgery, Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee, Partial Hip Resurfacing, Partial Knee Replacement, Partial Meniscectomy, Patella Tendon Rupture, Patellar Fracture (Broken Kneecap), Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper's Knee), Patellar Tracking Disorder, Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee), Quadriceps Tendon Rupture, Revision Hip Surgery, Revision Knee Surgery, Revision Knee with Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy, Septic Arthritis of the Knee, Supracondylar Femoral Fracture, Tear - Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Tear - Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Tibial Fracture, Tibial Osteotomy, Tibial Pateau Fracture, Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy, Total Hip Replacement, Total Hip Resurfacing, Total Knee Replacement more

Research Interests

Adult reconstruction

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Dr. Daniel J. Valaik is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacements, serving patients in Bethesda, Maryland and surrounding areas. He is a part of the Johns Hopkins orthopaedic group in the Washington, D.C., region. As an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Valaik has years of expertise in joint preservation surgeries of the hip and knee as well as total joint replacement.

Dr. Valaik graduated with honors from the United States Naval Academy in 1983 and then served as a Navy SEAL for six years. He received his M.D. at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, completed a residency in orthopaedics at the National Naval Medical Center and did a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

After 26 years of service in the U.S. Navy, hip and knee specialist Dr. Valaik returned to Johns Hopkins. His last position in the military was serving as the chief of the Orthopaedic Service at Walter Reed and the National Naval Medical Center.

Dr. Valaik is a past president of the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is a member the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces. He is also an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Fellow. more


  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • MD; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (1993)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery; National Naval Medical Center (2002)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) (2005)

Additional Training

Adult Reconstruction Fellowship, Johns Hopkins, 2002-2003 

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Pepek J, Forsberg J, Morteson K, Wilson K, Wagner S, Valaik D, Stojadinovic A, Tadaki D, Elster E. Heterotopic Ossification in Blast and Combat Related Injuries. J. of Surgical Research, Feb 2008, 144-2, 346.

Gwinn DE, Keeling JJ, Andersen RC, Kumar A, Valaik DJ. Blast Induced Lower Extremity Fractures with Arterial Injury: Prevalence and Risk Factors for Amputation after Limb Preserving Treatment. Submitted to J. of Orthopaedic Trauma.

Hungerford MW, Valaik DJ. Chondroprotective agents: glucosamine and chondroitin. Foot and Ankle Clinics of N Am 2003, 8; 201-219.

Valaik DJ, Temple D, Ario J, Hyde DE, Schrot JF. Thermal Protection and Diver Performance in Special Operations Forces Combat Swimmers (Exercising Diver Phase). Naval Medical Research Center Technical Report 00-01, May 2000.

Valaik DJ, Hyde DE, Bowman K, Schrot JF, Thomas JR. Thermal Protection and Diver Performance in Special Operations Forces Combat Swimmers (Over-the-Beach Phase). Naval Medical Research Institute Technical Report 98-11, Aug 1998.

Activities & Honors


  • Meritorious Service Medal for Naval Service, 1998
  • Meritorious Service Medal for Naval Service, 2009
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1992
  • Honors Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, 1983
  • Adult Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. David Hungerford, Johns Hopkins Medicine


  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces

Professional Activities

  • Past-President, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons

Videos & Media

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    Risks and Benefits of Joint Replacement Surgery

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    A discussion with Orthopedic Surgeon Daniel Valaik, M.D.: Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Knee Replacement Alternatives to Consider | Johns Hopkins Medicine (May 2020)

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Report with WTOP-FM: what to expect in orthopaedic surgery. (01/04/2019)

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