Daniel  J. Cuttica, D.O.

Daniel J. Cuttica D.O. Physician Washingtonian, Northern Virginia Magazine, Arlington Magazine, Virginia Living, and Castle Connolly Top Doctors


Daniel J. Cuttica is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon at The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center, with fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery. He has medical staff privileges at Inova Fairfax and Fair Oaks Hospitals, Virginia Hospital Center, as well as McLean Surgery Center, and Advanced Surgery Center of Bethesda.

Dr. Cuttica has been voted by his peers as a Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine “Top Doctor”.  He was the recipient of the Robert L. Green award, which is awarded annually to the member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics who achieved the highest combined score in the written and oral orthopedic surgery board certification exams.  He has also been awarded for his groundbreaking research on MRI evaluation following surgical treatment of cartilage injuries in the ankle.

Dr. Cuttica has extensive experience in treatment of both common and complex disorders of the foot and ankle.  His clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery involving all aspects of foot and ankle, which includes bunion and forefoot reconstruction, arthroscopy and cartilage repair, and Achilles tendon repair.  In addition, he has a special interest in total ankle replacement, sports injuries, and dance medicine.  His goal is to minimize the recovery time associated with foot and ankle surgery, while providing optimal outcomes.

He is the author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, which includes extensive research on the treatment and outcomes of cartilage disorders of the ankle.  Other topics include novel techniques to treat complex foot and ankle deformity, surgical treatment of foot fractures, total ankle replacement techniques o harvest bone graft for hindfoot bone fusion, surgical treatment of various foot fractures, and the use of a new implant for hammertoe correction that does not require the use of pins.  Dr. Cuttica has presented his research and regularly lectures at national orthopaedic conferences. 

Currently, Dr. Cuttica is also actively involved in education.  He is the co-director of the foot & ankle fellowship at the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center.  He is also a reviewer for the peer-reviewed journals Foot and Ankle International and Foot and Ankle Specialist.  In addition, he serves on the editorial board for www.footeducation.com, an educational website peer-reviewed by orthopaedic surgeons with fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Cuttica received his medical degree at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Doctors Hospital/Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH.  This was followed by completion of the prestigious foot and ankle fellowship at the Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center in Columbus, OH, where he had extensive training in all aspects of foot and ankle reconstruction, including total ankle replacement.

Dr. Cuttica is an actively involved member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics.

Dr. Cuttica resides in Falls Church, VA.  He enjoys cooking, exercise, and fishing.  However, what he most enjoys is spending his time with his wife and 2 children. 

Areas Of Expertise

Minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery

Total ankle replacement

Sports injuries

Dance Medicine


Minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery

Total ankle replacement

Revision Total Ankle Replacement

Cartilage repair, including DeNovo and Biocartilage

Foot and ankle reconstruction

Sports related foot and ankle injuries


Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery (MIS Chevron/Akin, PECA, MICA)

Minimally Invasive Lapidus Bunion Surgery

Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Repair (PARS)

Minimally Invasive Trauma Surgery and Fracture Repair

Minimally Invasive Zadek Osteotomy for Heel Pain/Achilles Tendon Pain

Minimally Invasive Hammertoe Surgery Minimally Invasive

Osteotomies for Flatfoot Correction

Dance medicine

Tendon transfer for foot drop

Minimally invasive fracture repair

Flatfoot reconstruction

Foot and ankle deformity correction

Tendon repair and reconstruction

Medical Degree

Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Athens, OH


Doctors Hospital and Grant Medical Center; Columbus, OH


Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Center; Columbus, OH


American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (AOBOS)

Advanced Certification in Total Ankle Replacement 

Professional Associations

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, active member

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, active member

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, active member

Virginia Orthopaedic Society

Major Accomplishments

  • Northern Virginia Magazine "Top Doctor" Award, 2017-2023
  • Washingtonian Magazine "Top Doctor" Award, 2019-2023
  • Virginia Living Magazine "Top Doctor" Award
  • Castle Conolly "Top Doctor" Award, 2022-2023
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Core Clinical Team Member/Consultant, Washington Ballet
  • Robert L. Green Award
  • American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Award winning Poster presentation
  • Reviewer, Foot and Ankle International, and Foot and Ankle Specialist
  • Editor, www.footeducation.com
  • Author of numerous peer-reviewed journal publications

Hospital Affiliations

  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Virginia Hospital Center

Affiliated Surgery Centers

Advanced Surgery Center of Bethesda

Inova McLean Surgery Center