David M. Lutton, M.D.

David M. Lutton M.D. Physician


Dr. Lutton is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in shoulder, elbow, and sports injuries. A Northern Virginia native, he is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology and the University of Virginia. He received a Master's degree in Anatomy, and attended the George Washington University School of Medicine, where he graduated with Honors and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at GWU Medical Center.

Following residency, Dr. Lutton pursued specialty training at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, NY, as the Shoulder & Elbow Fellow for the then president of the Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Society, Evan L. Flatow, M.D. There he received advanced, state-of-the-art training in minimally invasive, arthroscopic, and open techniques for treating all shoulder and elbow pathologies, including

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder and elbow contractures and arthritis
  • Shoulder and elbow instability
  • Shoulder and elbow fractures

At Mt. Sinai, he also trained with leading sports surgeons, Dr. Gladstone and Dr. Glashow, for sports related knee injuries:

  • ACL reconstruction (BTB or Hamstring)
  • Meniscal tears

Dr. Lutton remains very active in medical education at multiple levels. At Mt. Sinai Hospital in NY, the Orthopaedic Residents honored Dr. Lutton with the "2008-2009 Teacher of the Year Award." In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, at the Annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Conventions, Dr. Lutton was an instructor to practicing orthopaedic surgeons in courses including "Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty" and "Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Tears." As Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at GWU, he was honored by his residents with the "2010-2011 Teacher of the Year Award." He continues to teach at the GWU Medical School and the GWU Orthopaedic Residency Program. Dr. Lutton has many publications in peer-reviewed journal. In 2012 he was Co-Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Shoulder & Elbow Society Meeting held in Washington, DC.

Dr. Lutton continues his passion for education teaching courses on basic and complex shoulder and elbow reconstructive techniques to other attending surgeons on both a local and national level in cities such as Chicago, Naples (Florida), Philadelphia, New York City, San Diego, and Washington, DC, to name a few. He also volunteers his time as an editor for CORR and JSES.

In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Dr. Lutton was chosen as one of Washingtonian Magazine's "100 Top Doctors," nominated by physician peers.

Dr. Lutton's wife, also a Northern Virginia native, is a local primary care physician. In addition to taking care of his patients, he enjoys sports, fitness, and spending time with his wife and family.

Areas Of Expertise

Orthopaedic Surgery specializing in Shoulder and Elbow, and Sports Medicine


General Orthopaedic, Shoulder & Upper Extremity, and Total Joint Replacement

Medical Degree

George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC


George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC


Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, at Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York University, New York, NY


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Academy of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

Mid-Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society

Major Accomplishments

Dr. Lutton has conducted orthopaedic research and has authored articles published in  peer-reviewed medical journals.

Many presentations at national meetings

Teacher of the year, Mount Sinai 2009

Teacher of the year, George Washington, 2011

Hospital Affiliations

George Washington University Hospital

Affiliated Surgery Centers

Bethesda Chevy Chase Surgery Center