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About Dr. Alvin J Detterline IV
Dr. Alvin J Detterline IV, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Towson, MD. He has 16 years of experience. His specialties include Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Detterline is affiliated with University of Maryland St Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Detterline has received 2 awards. He speaks English.
Dr. Alvin J Detterline IV has the following 3 specialties
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Sports Medicine
A sports medicine specialist is a physician who is trained to diagnose and treat injuries and conditions caused by participation in athletic activities.
These doctors are generally employed by professional sports teams to care for the athletes who are injured. They have extensive knowledge of the types of injuries that athletes are most susceptible to, such as stress fractures, sprains, concussions, muscle cramps, ACL injuries, and shin splints.
It is the responsibility of sports medicine specialist to clear athletes to return to the playing field when they are deemed fit. These doctors also advise athletes on how to avoid injury through proper care of their bodies while training.
- Internal Medicine
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Dr. Alvin J Detterline IV has the following 3 expertise
- Knee Osteoarthritis
- Hip Osteoarthritis
- Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
Dr. Alvin J Detterline IV is Board Certified in 2 specialties
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.
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Everybody gets all upset because their doctor isn't offering to sit and chat with them over tea and be their bff. Frankly, I could give a crap about if you are awkward to talk to as long as you know what you are doing when you cut open my leg which HE DOES! I had to have knee surgery for a seriously torn meniscus in the fall, this was not an ongoing issue it was just a SURPRISE you cant bend your leg or walk today. I got in with him within the next few days and he explained everything to me and told me I needed to get surgery ASAP to fix it (because... I couldn't walk). Surgery came, and went, we had several follow ups and my knee is literally as good (if not better) than the other one. Obviously throughout this I also needed physical therapy. Before my work switched to some new crap insurance I hurried up and made another appointment with him just to verify that 6 months post op and everything was fine. My point is, he is a busy man, he is not going to sit there and shoot the breeze with you for hours on end but if you want your body parts fixed properly get over it. I have yet to meet a doctor that gives me the warm fuzzies because under the health insurance system they need to get you in and out and see as many people as humanly possible.
He has absolutely no bedside manor. Every single appointment I had with him I waited over an hour with no apology. When I complained they told me he had gotten backed up. Really, every single appointment including the day of surgery. Did not seem to be interested in any thing I had to say. Never called after the surgery to ask how I felt. I had 2 exposed staples, I mean staples that looked like the ones from a staple gun, in my leg that were near my knee....I had hip surgery. When I called to find out why and what to do about these I was told they were nothing to worry about. I actually decided not to go through the surgery but the women who schedules the surgery, who was very nice by the way, talked me into staying with him. However, I will never go to him for anything else if ever necessary and would never recommend him to anyone. Hoping he did a good job with my hip but too early to tell.
Laast week I had arthroscopic surgery for rotator cuff repair by Dr. Detterline. My experience with him has been a good one. He has a wonderful caring manner. At first we agred to treat the injur conservatively with therapy. Only when the therapy semed not to help, Dr. Detterline suggested surgery. He didn't pressure me ,but let me choose the date for the procedure. He ws very through in explaining what would be done. I felt very confident in his ability as a surgeon.His secretary Lois is also very nice and shows concern for his patients. I would highly recommend Dr. Detterline to anyone.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011, 2018)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
Patients' Choice Award (2011, 2016, 2018)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Dr. Detterline is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
16 Years Experience
Indiana University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 2002
Dr. Alvin J Detterline IV accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna HMO
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- CareFirst BlueChoice Advantage
- CareFirst BluePreferred PPO
- CareFirst Maryland POS
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry DE PPO
- Coventry Southern Health PPO
- First Health PPO
Geisinger Health Plan
- Geisinger Health Plan
- Multiplan PPO
- UHC Choice Plus POS
- UHC Optimum Choice Preferred POS
- UHC Options PPO
Locations & DirectionsTowson Orthopedic Associates, 8322 Bellona Ave Ste 200, Towson, MD
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