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.
Alvin J. Detterline, M.D.
- Dr. Detterline treats both common and complex conditions of the knee, hip, 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 exercise, running, national parks, American history, and spending time with his wife and two young children.
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
- Meniscal repairs
- Meniscus transplantation
- Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) lesions
- Osteochondral autograft (OATS)
- Osteochondral allograft
- Articular cartilage allograft
Knee Tendon Injuries
- Patella tendon ruptures
- Quadriceps tendon ruptures
- Partial knee replacement
- Certified in Biomet Oxford partial knee replacement
- Patellofemoral resurfacing
- Total knee replacement
- Tibial tubercle osteotomy
- High tibial osteotomy
- Distal femoral osteotomy
- Patella fractures
- Tibial plateau fractures
- Distal femur fractures
Rotator Cuff Tears
- Acute and chronic
- Partial and complete
- Impingement of the shoulder
- Anterior and posterior from dislocation
- SLAP tears (superior labrum)
- Labral tears
- Glenoid (shoulder socket) fractures
- Repetitive dislocators requiring bone graft augmentation
- Partial or complete tears
AC (Acromioclavicular) Joint
- AC arthritis
- Distal clavicle excision
- AC separations (separated shoulder)
- Acute and chronic
- Clavicle fractures
- Shoulder fractures
- Proximal humerus fractures
- Labral repair
- Labral debridement
- CAM and Pincer debridement
- CAM lesions
- Pincer lesions
- Labral tears
- Loose bodies
- Focal cartilage defects
- Fibula fractures
- Tibial fractures
- 5th metatarsal fractures
- Achilles tendon ruptures
- Achilles tendonitis
- Peroneal tendonitis or instability
- Osteochondral lesions of the talus
- Ankle arthroscopy and microfracture
- Acute and chronic
- Turf toe
- Ankle impingement
Treatment of capitellar OCD lesions
Contact This Provider
Dr. Detterline sees patients at the following Towson Orthopaedic Associates’ locations:
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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.