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James DeBritz, MD

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James DeBritz MD James DeBritz MD



  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Biography
  • Medical School
    • Georgetown University Hospital
  • Residency
    • Georgetown University Hospital - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship
    • R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center - Orthopaedic Trauma
Board Certified
  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. James DeBritz is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at The George Washington University Hospital. Dr. DeBritz is a graduate of The State University of New York at Albany and The University of Illinois where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in biophysics, respectively. He then went on to medical school at Georgetown University where he completed his Orthopaedic Residency training as well. He then competed a post-graduate fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma at the prestigious R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. DeBritz spent the first ten years in practice as The Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC then joined The George Washington University Department of Orthopaedics in 2016. He is an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and a faculty member of the AO Society which are chartered with the continuing education in orthopaedic trauma for the practicing orthopaedic surgeon. As a member of these organizations, Dr. DeBritz regularly serves as an instructor on fracture management. His practice is primarily focused on simple to complex fractures of the extremities and pelvis as well as complications related to fracture surgery. As one of the most experienced pelvic and acetabular surgeons in the Washington, DC area, Dr. DeBritz has a special interest in acute and chronic injury to the hip and pelvis ranging from fracture management to hip replacement surgery.

The majority of time, Dr. DeBritz can be found in the hospital taking care of patients and teaching residents, but is regularly available in the office for consultation.

Dr. DeBritz has been selected as a Washingtonian Magazine Top Doctors several times, most recently in 2019.