Jeffrey L. Lovallo, MD
Chief of Orthopaedics at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Chief of Inova Health System Shoulder Service
To contact Dr. Lovallo's office directly, please call (703) 769-8430.
Dr. Lovallo is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand surgery. He performed Virginia’s first reverse total shoulder replacement over a decade ago and now performs over 150 shoulder replacements annually, more than any other orthopaedic surgeon in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Due to a unique infection prevention protocol, Dr. Lovallo has not had a shoulder replacement infection since 2007.
A Connecticut native, Dr. Lovallo received his medical degree from the University of Connecticut and completed a hand surgery fellowship at Havard Medical School. He was Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut before moving to the Washington, DC area.
Dr. Lovallo currently serves as the Surgical Director of the Inova Shoulder Replacement Program and as an upper extremity specialist for the Washington Redskins. He was named a 2013 Washington Post Super Doctor by his peers and a Washingtonian Magazine 2009 Top Doctor.
A founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society, Dr. Lovallo now shares his expertise with other surgeons. He has created an educational video on total shoulder replacement and travels both nationally and internationally teaching modern shoulder replacement techniques. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, a consultant for DePuy medical (the leading total shoulder joint replacement company in the US), and has been published in DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine textbook as well as in peer reviewed scientific journals. Most recently he was the senior author on a publication in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery entitled, "Intraoperative Intra-Articular Injection of Gentamicin: Will it decrease the risk of injection in total shoulder arthroplasty?" The research for the publication spanned over a six year timeframe and consisted of 507 total shoulder arthroplasty procedures, all of which were performed by Dr. Lovallo. In the fall of 2014, Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital adopted the infection prevention proctocol discussed in the paper.
In his spare time, Dr. Lovallo enjoys spending time with his family as well as activities such as golf, skiing, reading, chess and coaching his son's sports teams. Dr. Lovallo has a deep level of concern and empathy for his patients. He states, "One of the things that I am proudest of is the level of personal concern for our patients. I think that has to be foremost in a physician's mind."
See Dr. Lovallo discussing the increasing popularity of shoulder replacements on WUSA9 by clicking on the link below:
What patients have to say:
“Thanks for helping us through so many issues over the years…” - Alberta and Gini
“I am back playing tennis twice a week…your operation has improved my quality of life…” –Jack
“Hoping your season shines bright!”- The Washington Redskins
“Jeffrey, Thanks for helping me out Monday. My wrist ached that night but it is less tingly this morning” - Peggy
“Many thanks for your treatment of my fingers. –almost a miraculous improvement…from a grateful patient”- Ed R.
“Thank you for your expertise”- Jacquelin S.
“…Thanks so much for your expertise.” - Betty L.
“..Mike’s hand you fixed is doing great. Thank you!” - Laura and Mike L.
“Thank you for fixing my shoulder….I am forever thankful!”- Brenda D.
“Thank you so much!” – Elsie and Fred
“Thank you for a great job”- Tony C.
“Dr. Lovallo and staff, Thank you for everything!” - Kelli W.
“Many thanks for all your kindness and support of me during my surgical healings! You are a great doctor and wonderful person!” - Gray S.
“Dr. Lovallo, Just a note to tell you how surprised and terrific I’ve felt after my recent surgery-no one believes that I actually had any surgery! Thanks for your expertise and taking such good care of me!” - Karen K.
“…for everything you have done, for everything you have given, thank you very much.” - The Hordge Family
“Dr. Lovallo and staff, thank you to all for taking great care of me.” - Maria G.
“…no pain whatsoever in my shoulder. Thanks so much for your good treatment.”- Marian L. (1-27-2015)
“Thanks for all your kind and warm attention through the years.”- Kelli W. (12/2014)
“Many thanks for another successful surgery! ..I have the best surgeon as you are a very gifted doctor. -Gray S. (10-28-2014)
“A small thanks to all of you for taking such great care of me and my wrists! Dr. Lovallo and all of you are the best” - Janet S. (10-2014)
“So appreciate you and all you have done for me to keep me going. You are just the best! I am in awe of your skills as you are a truly gifted surgeon….I love your PA’s too. They are such terrific women!” -Gray S. (6-2014)
“Just a small token for being such an excellent surgeon…and showing confidence and supporting me in a decision to take another amazing trip to New Zealand and Australia.” - Gail F. (5-19-2014)
“Dr. Lovallo, On March 7th you operated on my wrist. On April 5th I made a hole in one on the 3rd most difficult hole at Stonewall Golf Club. 190 yards into a 2 club headwind. A 5 iron with a baby draw. One bounce, a little roll out and into the cup. It appears you healed my wrist and my swing. Eternally grateful.” - Doug B. (5-16-2014)
“Congratulations on being named one of DC’s top doctors by the Washingtonian! I wasn’t surprised at all to see your name among the ranks.” - Mark W. (5-1-2014)
“…to thank you and your team for repairing my right shoulder with such great skill and care…” - Tim B. (6-29-2012)
“..I’m so glad you were recommended for my surgery. God has given you a special gift of healing. The travel from SC to VA was well worth it….Thank you and your team for taking such good care of me.” - Pat K. (11/2011)
“ I have much to be grateful for-your expertise and excellent medical care…you are the best and I so very much appreciate all you did to get this busy grandmother on her feet to be with those grandchildren!...Thank you for all your excellent medical care.”- Janice S. (8-30-2011)
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Videos and Podcasts
Listen to the AAOS Now podcast where Dr. Lovallo discusses how to lower the rate of infection in total shoulder replacement. Click the following link to hear the entire podcast: http://www.podcast.net.br/aaos-now-podcast-410476/interview-with-jeffery-l-lovallo-md-on-the-use-of-intraoperative-intraarticular-injection-of-gentamicin-to-reduce-infection-risk-in-total-shoulder-arthroplasty-baixar-261660326/
Lovallo, J.L., M.D.,: Helming, Jarrett: “Intraoperative Intraarticular Injection of Gentamicin” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Vol. 23 #9, September 2014
Galvin, Dina., Lovallo, J.L., M.D.: “Hand Injuries”, In DeLee and Drez
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Vol. 1, Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2003
Wazyhawski, Richard., Lovallo, J.L., M.D.: “Wrist Injuries”, In DeLee and Drez
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Vol. 1, Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 2003
Gabuzda, G.M., Lovallo, J.L., Nowak, M.D.: “Tensile Strength of the End-Wave Flexor Tendon Anastomosis: An In vitro Biomechanical Study
British Journal of Hand Surgery, 19B: 397-400, 1994
Lovallo, J.L., Simmons, B.P.: “Pediatric Sports Medicine: Hand and Wrist Injuries”, In Stanitski, c (Ed)
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice, Vol. 3, Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1993
Doherty, W., Lovallo, J.L.: “The Scapholunate Advanced Collapse Pattern of Arthritis in Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease of the Wrist”
Journal of Hand Surgery, 18A: 1095-1099, November 1993
Shea, K.P., Lovallo, J.L.: “Scapulothoracic Penetration of a Beath Pin: An Unusual Complication of Arthroscopic Bankart Suture Repair”
Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopy Association of North America, Vol 7 (1): 115-117, 1991
Lovallo, J.L., Editorial, “Active Communications Between Surgeon and Rheumatologist”
Complications in Orthopaedics, March 1990
Walker, L., Simmons, B.P., Lovallo, J.L.: “Pediatric Herpetic Hand Infections”
J. Hand Surgery 15A: 176-180, January 1990
Grady-Benson, J., Lovallo, J.L.: “Silicone Synovitis of the Wrist and Hand”
Complications in Orthopaedics, vol. 5, 5: 134-143, October 1990
Lovallo, J.L., Shea, K.P., Fulkerson, J.P.: “Shoulder Injuries in the Athlete”, Accepted for Publication
Connecticut Medicine, October 1989
Wrist & Hand
Direct Phone(703) 769-8430 Undergraduate SchoolUniversity of Miami
Miami, FL 1976 Medical SchoolUniversity of Connecticut
Farmington, CT 1981 ResidencyUniversity of Connecticut
Farmington, CT 1986 FellowshipHand Surgery Fellow
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA 1987 Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 1989
Added Qualifications for Surgery of the Hand 1992 Special Procedures & TechniquesTotal Shoulder Replacement
Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
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