Dr. Ali Rahnama Vaghef, DPM

Dr. Ali Rahnama Vaghef, DPM

Dr. Ali Rahnama Vaghef, DPM

Languages: English
Phone: 202-877-6640
Fax: 202-877-8010

Contact this Provider:

  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Podiatry
Conditions I Treat
  • achilles tendon tear
  • achilles tendonitis
  • ankle fracture
  • ankle instability
  • ankle sprain
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Procedures I Perform
  • ankle joint replacement
  • arthroscopy of ankle
  • correction of bunion
  • diabetic foot care
  • hammer toe repair
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About the Provider

Dr. Ali Rahnama, DPM, is a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rahnama sees patients for all conditions of the foot and ankle, with a special focus on reconstructive surgery as well as minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgery for the treatment of athletic injuries, which include ligamentous and tendon injuries as well as fractures of the ankle, talus, calcaneus, and Lisfranc joint. Dr. Rahnama also treats and specializes in diabetic Charcot reconstruction of the lower extremity.

He is certified in the STAR Total Ankle Replacement System, the Cadence Total Ankle Replacement System, and the Wright Infinity Total Ankle Replacement System and has completed the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy course.

Dr. Rahnama’s clinical interests include sports-related injuries, fracture management, Charcot reconstruction, bunion and hammertoe correction, and first metatarsal phalangeal joint arthritis. His research interests include elective surgery in the diabetic population and exploring novel techniques for hallux valgus (bunion) surgery. He is dedicated to utilizing techniques that allow patients to get back on their feet as soon as possible without compromising care.

Dr. Rahnama completed his medical schooling at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine before completing a three-year surgical residency in foot and ankle surgery at the Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He then completed a one-year specialty fellowship in traumatic and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery with Kaiser - The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Inc. in Atlanta, where he performed more than 1,000 surgical procedures.

Dr. Rahnama lives locally with his wife, who is undergoing her medical training in Washington, DC. They enjoy outdoor activities as well as trying new and different foods when they can.

Philosophy of Care

“Individualized treatment plans and patient-focused treatment are what provide the best results for patients, as each case is unique to that person and their body. A patient who is educated on their condition is best prepared to make informed decisions together with their doctor, allowing them to put together a plan of action that’s best suited for them. Despite the comprehensive nature of my surgical training, I’m an advocate for conservative treatment options if and when they’re appropriate. I don’t only operate because I’m a surgeon. I do what’s best for the patient. If something can be managed and treated conservatively without surgery, that’s what I’ll try every single time.”

  • Fellowship Program: Northside Hospital - Atlanta (2018)
  • Residency Program: Wayne State University Hospitals (2017)
  • Medical School: Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine (2014)

Zeeshan S. Husain, Ali Rahnama-Vaghef; Staged Surgical Management of Open Navicular Fracture Secondary to a Gunshot Injury. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 1 May 2021; 111 (3): Article_21. doi: https://doi.org/10.7547/18-035


Black AT, Stowers JM, Tenley J, Hu CY, Eshetu T, Spielfogel WD, Katchis SD, RahnamaVaghef A, Weiner LS. The Association Between Lateral Radiographs and Axial Computed Tomography of Posterior Malleolar Fractures as a Tool for Predicting Medial Malleolar Extension: A Multi-Center Retrospective Analysis. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2021 Mar 10:S1067-2516(21)00080-6. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2021.03.002. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33785238.


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Practice Locations
  • 110 Irving Street Northwest
    Whc Surgical Clinic Ste GA-48
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-7103

  • 106 Irving Street Northwest
    Pob 3400
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-3300
    Fax: 202-877-3303

Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center