As an avid high school athlete, Dr. Keith Lawhorn sustained a stress fracture of the tibia that required several months of activity modification for healing. This experience stimulated his interest in orthopaedics and led to a focus in sports-related orthopaedic injury. He graduated with a BA in Chemistry from the University of Virginia. He continued his education at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he won the Merck Index Award in recognition of "Top Chemistry Graduate" and then went on to earn his medical degree and was named to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed a general surgery internship and orthopaedic residency at the Medical College of Virginia.
Dr. Lawhorn served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel. His service included three months in Pakistan after 9/11 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and lead surgeon on a presidential trip to Africa in 2003. In 2004, he received the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding achievement.
Dr Lawhorn has been in private practice in Northern Virginia since leaving the United States Air Force. He enjoys a busy clinical practice while continuing his academic and research pursuits in an effort to provide patients with the latest advances in orthopaedic care. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Lawhorn enjoys helping his patients return to their pre-injury function and quality of life. He believes orthopaedics is truly a quality of life specialty where surgeons can see significant early functional improvement and results.
Dr. Lawhorn is a leading authority on sports medicine, sharing his expertise nationally and internationally. To date, he has been an invited international speaker on sports medicine topics in Holland, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland and Japan. He has hosted visiting surgeons from Japan, Korea and Finland who have come to observe and discuss arthroscopic knee ligament, meniscal and shoulder reconstructive surgery. He is the co-author of numerous original articles focusing on anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction that appear in peer reviewed research publications and textbook chapters. He recently completed an educational video chapter on his all-inside meniscal repair technique at the request of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He has served on the editorial board of the Arthroscopy Journal from 2005-2010, and is currently a principal reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Lawhorn also serves as an instructor for the Arthroscopy Association (AANA) and the International Sports Society (ISAKOS) teaching advanced knee and shoulder arthroscopic techniques. He is a member of the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and served as a member of the Arthroscopy Committee for the International Sports Society (ISAKOS) from 2007-2010.
He shares his expertise locally was well. He was team physician for the Washington Bayhawks (Major League Lacrosse) when they were located in Northern Virginia, and works with student athletes at South County Secondary School in Fairfax and Freedom High School in South Riding.
In his free time, Dr. Lawhorn enjoys golf, circuit training, and downhill skiing. He and his wife Kim have two children and live in Fairfax.
He is superb. This was my fourth or fifth post-op follow-up visit. I have another follow-up appointment coming up in July. I really liked the effectiveness of the surgery. He had full knowledge of what to expect, how long it would take, what kind of physical therapy, and what kind of exercise to do even before physical therapy starts to speed it up. He is very knowledgeable and very communicative. Whenever I had an appointment, he was there and it was very close to on time. I had no problems with the billing and administration. I would definitely use his service in the future too.
—Patient: Mary Jane, Oakton
I have been very impressed with Dr. Lawhorn from day one (since before he was with OrthoVirginia). His 'bed side manner' is second to none. He takes as much time as YOU need to answer all of your questions and explain everything to your satisfaction. As such, Dr. Lawhorn is sometimes behind schedule but only because he is giving the same top shelf level of care to other people that he gives to you. I was impressed enough by Dr. Lawhorn during the treatment for a rotator cuff injury that I went back to him for two other injuries. Additionally, I have referred family to see him and they too were impressed enough to refer others to him as well. If you need an Orthopedic doctor in NOVA, you want Dr, Lawhorn. The ER at Fair Oaks Hospital refers people to him constantly.
—Patient: Dennis, Centreville
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