Dr. Robert Daniel Bunning, MD

Dr. Robert Daniel Bunning, MD

Dr. Robert Daniel Bunning, MD

Languages: English
Phone: 301-581-8091
Fax: 301-581-8083

Contact this Provider:

  • Rheumatology
Conditions I Treat
  • acute arthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • anti neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies
  • antiphospholipid syndrome
  • aortic arteritis
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Procedures I Perform
  • antinuclear antibody (ana) blood test
  • biologic therapy for rheumatologic diseases
  • joint aspiration
  • joint injection
  • non surgical management of osteoarthritis
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About the Provider

Selected by area physicians as a 'Top Doctor' in Washingtonian Magazine.

Robert D. Bunning, MD, has directed the Arthritis Program at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital since 1986. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Bunning has a traditional practice treating arthritis with additional expertise in the use of exercise therapy and the use of the rehabilitation team. His other clinical interests include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and muscle disease. He has extensive experience in maximizing outcomes after total joint replacement using a rehabilitation program. Recent research interest includes pharmacologic treatment of osteoporosis.

Dr. Bunning is a past president of the DC Rheumatism Society, and served for three years on the Executive Committee of the Rehabilitation section of the American College of Rheumatology. He also served as a member of the Medical Board of the DC Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

Dr. Bunning has also been recognized by numerous media outlets and publications, including being named by Washingtonian magazine as an outstanding rheumatologist and Rehabilitation specialist, and by USNews & World Report, when his rheumatology program for three consecutive years was listed as one of the top programs in this country.

Dr. Bunning is on the clinical faculty of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and is a former chief medical resident of the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati.

  • Fellowship Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (1983)
  • Residency Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (1981)
  • Internship Program: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (1980)
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati (1979)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
Bunning, RD, Rentfro, RJ, Jelinek JS. Low-energy femoral fractures associated with long term bisphosphonate use in a rehabilitation setting: a case series, PMR. January 2010. Volume2; Issue 1: pages 76-80.

Kao C, Scalettar R, Bunning RD. Two Cases of Metallosis from Metal-On-Polyethylene Total Hips: An Emerging Problem. PM&R. April 2015 Volume 7; Issue 4; pages 447-450.

Nally E, Jelinek J, Bunning RD. Quadriparesis due to Lead Poisoning Nine Years After a Gunshot Wound with Retained Bullet Fragments: A Case Report. PM&R; April 2017 Volume 9; Issue 4: Pages 411-414.
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Practice Locations
  • 102 Irving Street Northwest
    Suite 1332
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-1621
    Fax: 202-829-2632

Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital