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Alvin J. Detterline, M.D.


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Dr. Alvin J. Detterline is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicinearthroscopy (including knee, shoulder, and hip), and general orthopaedics.

Dr. Detterline strongly believes in minimally invasive procedures utilizing the most up-to-date techniques to maximize patient recovery and minimize pain. Many procedures can be performed arthroscopically (through the use of small incisions and a camera instead of large open surgical wounds) which allow for a quicker recovery for many patients.

  • Dr. Detterline treats both common and complex conditions of the kneehip, and shoulder. See below examples of the conditions he treats and procedures he performs.
  • Also be sure to see our Video Library below.

About Dr. Detterline

Dr. Detterline grew up in northwest Indiana just outside Chicago. After completing his orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine training, he moved to Baltimore in 2008. He is an avid tennis player who also enjoys exercising, running, national parks, American history, and spending time with his wife and two young children.

Conditions Treated


All Knee Ligament Injuries/Reconstructions

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
  • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and posterolateral corner structures
  • Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) following patella (kneecap) dislocation

Meniscus Injuries

  • Meniscal repairs
  • Meniscus transplantation
  • Meniscectomy

Articular Cartilage

  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) lesions
  • Osteochondral autograft (OATS)
  • Osteochondral allograft
  • Microfracture
  • Cartilage Transplantation

Knee Tendon Injuries

  • Patella tendon ruptures
  • Quadriceps tendon ruptures
  • Tendonitis

Knee Arthritis

  • Partial knee replacement
    • Certified in Biomet Oxford partial knee replacement
  • Patellofemoral resurfacing
  • Total knee replacement

Knee Malalignment

  • Tibial tubercle osteotomy
  • High tibial osteotomy
  • Distal femoral osteotomy

Knee Fractures

  • Patella fractures
  • Tibial plateau fractures
  • Distal femur fractures

Rotator Cuff Tears

  • Acute and chronic tears
  • Partial and complete (full-thickness) tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Impingement of the shoulder

Labral Tears

  • Anterior and posterior from dislocation
  • SLAP tears (superior labrum)

Shoulder Dislocations

  • Labral tears
  • Glenoid (shoulder socket) fractures
  • Repetitive dislocations requiring bone graft augmentation


  • Tendonitis
  • Partial or complete bicep tears

Clavicle Fractures

Frozen Shoulder

  • Adhesive capsulitis

AC (Acromioclavicular) Joint

  • AC arthritis
  • Distal clavicle excision
  • Acute and chronic AC separations (separated shoulder)
  • Clavicle fractures
  • Shoulder fractures
  • Proximal humerus fractures

Hip Arthroscopy

  • Labral Repairs
  • Labral Debridement
  • CAM and Pincer deformity correction

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

  • Cam lesions
  • Pincer lesions
  • Labral tears

Abductor Tendon Injuries

  • Gluteus medius and minimus tendinosis and tears
  • Trochanteric bursitis
Foot & Ankle

Fractures and Dislocations

  • Fibula fractures
  • Tibia fractures
  • 5th metatarsal fractures

Tendon Injuries

  • Achilles tendon ruptures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Peroneal tendonitis or instability

Ankle Instability

  • Ankle sprains (acute and chronic)
  • Ligament injuries

Sports Injuries

  • Turf toe
  • Ankle impingement
  • Tendonitis
  • Fractures

Video Library

Contact This Provider

Dr. Detterline sees patients at the following Towson Orthopaedic Associates’ locations:

Towson (Bellona) Office
(410) 337-7900

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Awards & Affiliations

Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Gunnar B.J. Andersson, M.D., Ph.D. Resident Teacher Award

Jorge O. Galante, M.D. Chief Resident Excellence in Research Award

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation: Midwest Orthopaedic Resident Research. Symposium Third Place Award Recipient

Phi Beta Kappa

Wake Forest University Dean’s List

Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honor Society

Golden Key National Honor Society

Dr. Detterline attended Wake Forest University where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in Physics and Chemistry in 1998. He received his M.D. degree from Indiana University in 2002. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Detterline received his fellowship training in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center under the esteemed Dr. Frank Noyes.

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine: ABOS

Dr. Detterline is the athletic team physician for:

Calvert Hall College High School

Friends School (Baltimore)

Mercy High School

Parkville High School

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Arthroscopy Association of North America

Member, NFL Disability Neutral Physician Panel

Maryland Orthopaedic Association

Maryland State Medical Society

Detterline AJ, Provencher MT, Ghodadra N, Bach BR Jr, Romeo AA, Verma NN. A new arthroscopic technique to determine anterior-inferior glenoid bone loss: validation of the secant chord theory in a cadaveric model. Arthroscopy. 2009 Nov;25(11):1249-56.

Rue JP, Busam ML, Detterline AJ, Bach BR Jr. Posterior wall blowout in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: techniques for avoidance, recognition, and salvage. J Knee Surg. 2008 Jul;21(3):235-40.

Provencher MT, Detterline AJ, Ghodadra N, Romeo AA, Bach BR Jr, Cole BJ, Verma N. Measurement of glenoid bone loss: a comparison of measurement error between 45 degrees and 0 degrees bone loss models and with different posterior arthroscopy portal locations. Am J Sports Med. 2008 Jun;36(6):1132-8.

Detterline AJ, Goldstein JL, Rue JP, Bach BR Jr. Evaluation and treatment of osteochondritis dissecans lesions of the knee. J Knee Surg. 2008 Apr;21(2):106-15.

Rue JP, Lewis PB, Detterline AJ, Verma NH, Bach BR Jr. Minimally invasive medial collateral ligament reconstruction using Achilles tendon allograft. Tech Knee Surgery. 2007 Dec;6(4):266-73.

Detterline AJ, Lattermann C, Bach BR Jr. Technical Note: Creation of transosseous patellar tunnels during extensor mechanism repair. J Knee Surg. 2007 Jul;30(3):249-50.

Nicholson GP, Goldstein JL, Romeo AA, Cole BJ, Hayden JK, Twigg SL, McCarty LP, Detterline AJ. Lateral meniscus allograft biologic glenoid arthroplasty in total shoulder arthroplasty for young shoulders with degenerative joint disease. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007 May;14(Epub ahead of print).

Detterline AJ, Goldberg SH, Bach BR Jr, Cole BJ. Treatment options for articular cartilage defects of the knee. Orthop Nurs. 2005 Sep-Oct;24(5):361-66.

Meldrum R, Feinberg JR, Capello WN, Detterline AJ. Clinical outcome and incidence of pregnancy after bipolar and total hip arthroplasty in young women. J Arthroplasty. 2003 Oct;18(7):879-85.

Ford LE, Detterline AJ, Ho KK, Cao W. Gender- and height-related limits of muscle strength in world weightlifting champions. J Appl Physiol. 2000 Sep;89(3):1061-64.