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Undergraduate School
Bucknell University

Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine

University of Chicago Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute

Board Certifications
Orthopaedic Surgery

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American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Society Memberships
American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Special Procedures & Techniques
Total Ankle Replacement - Total Ankle Arthroplasty
Exactech Vantage total ankle replacement
Exactech Vantage PSI (Patient Specific Instrumentation)
PROPHECY INFINITY total ankle replacement
INBONE II total ankle replacement
INVISION revision total ankle replacement
Minimally invasive Achilles repair (PARS technique)
Minimally Invasive calcaneus fracture repair
Bridle procedure
Minimally invasive bunion surgery (Minimally Invasive Chevron Akin Bunionectomy) (PECA/MICA)
Minimally Invasive toe surgery
Percutaneous bunion surgery
Custom Talus Replacement

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Oliver N. Schipper, MD

Director Mount Vernon Inova Total Ankle Replacement Program, Expert on Minimally Invasive Foot and Ankle Procedures, Board Certified Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

For appointments or to contact our office directly, please call 703-769-8449.

Fax: 703-647-4645

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Oliver Schipper, MD



Voted Washingtonian Top Doctor 2020, 2021 for Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 2021 40 under 40 Honoree


Meet Dr. Schipper's Physician Assistant: Martelle Simpson Blaine PA-C

Dr. Schipper completed his medical education at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and attended the University of Chicago for orthopaedic surgery residency. He then completed his orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery training at the OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute. There he assisted in the care of professional athletes and performed a variety of orthopaedic foot and ankle procedures including primary and revision ankle replacements. He also managed all forms of foot and ankle trauma, including tibial, pilon, ankle, calcaneal, talus, and foot fractures.

He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) and an elected member of the Young Physicians Committee. He has presented both nationally and internationally, including the AOFAS and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual conferences.

Dr. Schipper has co-authored book chapters and published multiple papers in orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery, with a focus on ankle replacement and minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery. He has produced the lead article in the top foot and ankle journal, Foot and Ankle International, multiple times. His work was the first to link early ankle replacement osteolysis to implant wear particles, for which he was a Leonard J. Goldner award finalist. He completed an Orthopaedic Research and Education Fund grant in collaboration with Rush University comparing ankle replacement implant wear between highly cross linked polyethylene and conventional ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. Dr. Schipper is one of the first in the country to use advanced patient specific instrumentation, based off preoperative CT scans, to perform ankle replacements more accurately and efficiently.

Outside of the management of ankle arthritis and ankle replacement, Dr. Schipper specializes in lower extremity trauma, foot and ankle sports medicine, including minimally invasive achilles repair and care of professional athletes, complex deformity correction, and minimally invasive bunion correction. Dr. Schipper was the first to perform the minimally invasive bunion surgery (PECA/MICA bunionectomy) in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. He also performs minimally invasive lesser toe deformity correction as well as minimally invasive hindfoot reconstruction. He has written multiple book chapters on minimally invasive foot surgery and has multiple research studies ongoing following outcomes. Dr. Schipper teaches and lectures internationally on minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery. He runs cadaver labs once a month to teach surgeons from around the country minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Schipper believes in empowering patients to make the best decision for their life situation. No two patients are alike and therefore each management plan must be tailored to the expectations and needs of each individual patient.

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Hospital Affiliations

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital

Harbor Heights Surgery Center

Capital Orthopaedic Surgery Center


Schipper ON. Hallux Valgus Correction using the Percutaneous Chevron-Akin technique.

Schipper ON. Outcomes after minimally invasive dorsal cheilectomy.


McWilliam, JR, Schipper ON, Siddiqui NA, Clements JR, Cooper MT. Minimally Invasive Surgery. Foot Ankle Spec. 2020 Apr. Vol 14(2): 153-157. DOI:10.1177/19386400211005536.

Chan J, Chen KK, Choi P, Rojas E, Schipper ON, Aiyer AA, Netto CC, Haleem Amin AM, Kadakia AR, Vulcano E. Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Patients Perceptions of Safety and Need for Elective Foot and Ankle Surgery in the United States. Foot Ankle Ortho. 2020 Nov. DOI: 10.1177/2473011420S00162.

Schipper ON, Cohen BE, Davis WH, Ellington JK, Jones CP. Open Reduction and Primary Subtalar Arthrodesis for Acute Intra-articular Displaced Calcaneal Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2020 Oct. Published online. DOI: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000001977.

Behrens S, Irwin TA, Bemenderfer T, Schipper ON, Odum SM, Anderson RB, Davis WH. Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes of Revision Total Ankle Arthroplasty Using an Intramedullary-Referencing Implant. Foot Ankle Int. 2020 Aug. Published online. DOI: 10.1177/1071100720947036.

Bischoff J, Dharia M, Hertzler J, Schipper ON. Evaluation of Total Ankle Arthroplasty Using Highly Crosslinked Ultrahigh-Molecular-Weight Polyethylene Subjected to Physiological Loading. Foot Ankle Int. 2019 Aug. Vol 40(8): 880-887. DOI: 10.1177/1071100719847645.

Schipper ON, Haddad SL, Fullam S, Pourzal R, Wimmer MA. Wear Characteristics of Conventional Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Versus Highly Cross-Linked Polyethylene in Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Nov. Vol 39(11): 1335-1344. DOI: 10.1177/1071100718786501.

Schipper ON, Cohen BE, Anderson RB. Outcomes after Primary Repair of Insertional Ruptures of the Achilles Tendon. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Jun;39(6):664-668. doi: 10.1177/1071100718758257.

Schipper ON, Ford S, Moody P, Ellington JK. New Generation Nitinol Compression Staples for Hindfoot and Midfoot Arthrodeses. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 Feb. Vol 39(2): 172-179. DOI: 10.1177/1071100717737740.

Schipper ON, Jones CP. Primary Subtalar Arthrodesis for Acute Intra-articular Displaced Calcaneal Fractures. Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics. 2017 Sept. Vol 2(3). DOI: 10.1177/2473011417S000358.

Schipper ON, Van den Avont A, Haddad SL. Outcomes of Revision Ankle Arthroplasty using a Fixed-bearing, Stemmed Intramedullary Prosthesis. Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics. 2017 Sept. Vol 2(3). DOI: 10.1177/2473011417S000357.

Schipper ON, Haddad SL, Pytel P, Zhou Y. Histological Analysis of Early Osteolysis in Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Foot & Ankle Orthopaedics. 2017 Sept. Vol 2(3). DOI: 10.1177/2473011417S000075.

Schipper ON, Hunt KJ, Anderson RB, Davis WH, Jones CP, Cohen BE. Ankle Block Versus Single Shot Popliteal Fossa Block as Primary Anesthesia for Forefoot Surgical Procedures: A Prospective, Randomized Comparison. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Aug. Vol 38 (11): 1188-1191. DOI: 10.1177/1071100717723132. 

Schipper ON, Haddad SL, Pytel P, Zhou Y. Histological Analysis of Early Osteolysis in Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Foot Ankle Int. 2017 Apr. Vol 38(4): 351-359. DOI: 10.1177/1071100716682.
a. Article featured in April 2017 Foot and Ankle International Podcast
b. Leonard J. Goldner Award Finalist, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Annual Meeting, 2017.

Schipper ON, Denduluri S, Zhou Y, Haddad SL. Effect of Obesity on Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Jan. Vol. 37(1): 1-7. DOI: 10.1177/1071100715604392.
a. Article featured in January 2016 Foot and Ankle International Podcast
b. Article featured in January 20, 2016 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Headline News Now.

Schipper ON, Hsu AR, Haddad SL. Reduction in Wound Complications After Total Ankle Arthroplasty Using a Compression Wrap Protocol. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Dec. Vol. 36(12): 1448–1454. DOI: 10.1177/1071100715597437.

Schipper ON, Jiang JJ, Chen L, Koh JL, Toolan BC. Effect of Diabetes Mellitus on Perioperative Complications and Hospitalization Outcomes after Ankle Arthrodesis and Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Mar; Vol. 36(3): 258-67. DOI: 10.1177/1071100714555569.

Jiang JJ, Schipper ON, Whyte N, Koh JL, Toolan BC. Comparison of Perioperative Complications and Hospitalization Outcomes after Ankle Arthrodesis versus Total Ankle Arthroplasty from 2002-2011. Foot Ankle Int. 2015 Apr; Vol. 36(4): 360-8. DOI: 10.1177/1071100714558511.

Schipper ON, Dunn JH, Ochiai DH, Donovan S, Nirschl RP. Nirschl Surgical Technique for Concomitant Lateral and Medial Elbow Tendinosis: a Retrospective Review of 53 Elbows with a Mean Follow-up of 11.7 Years. Am J Sports Med. 2011 May; Vol. 39(5): 972-6. DOI: 10.1177/0363546510390452

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