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Douglas Cutter, MD

Douglas Cutter, MD

out of 5
257 Ratings


Sports Medicine


Orthopaedic Surgery


Stony Point 9000

9000 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235
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Medical School

Eastern Virginia Medical School


Chippenham Medical Center


Chesterfield Family Practice Residency Program


Getting RVA’s athletes back in the game for more than three decades

Dr. Douglas Cutter is a well-known physician in the Richmond region who has mended sports and orthopaedic injuries in patients young and old for more than 30 years. As he puts it: “I see patients from 5 to 85 to get them back into their game.”

He treats conditions such as stress fractures, herniated discs as well as a torn ACL ligaments in the knee.

The key to treating a sports-related, bone, muscle, or joint injury is to tend to it quickly, Dr. Cutter says. That’s why he tries to be accessible for his patients within 24 hours of injury.

“I want my patients to have a friendly and warm experience in every encounter with our sports medicine team,” Dr. Cutter says. “I prefer patients get to know me personally as well as professionally and to understand I will always place the expert care of your injury as a priority above all other concerns.”

An evaluation of a baseball player may include a simple game of catch. That way, Dr. Cutter can see if there’s a problem with their arm by watching how they throw the ball. With a runner, he examines their gait to see if their stance is the root cause of the pain his patient feels.

Sometimes the problem can be addressed by a care regimen at home. Other times, patients may require expert physical therapy or orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Cutter has served as the medical director of the Richmond Marathon, as well as team physician for the University of Richmond Spiders and the Richmond Flying Squirrels minor league baseball team. He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in a 2013 interview that while working for the Squirrels: “Sports is just what I’ve always loved. From day one of my residency program, I made it a point to do some type of sports medicine.”

Dr. Cutter is a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and has provided his expertise to student-athletes at local high schools as well as Olympic-level athletes. He has been recognized several times as a “Top Doc” in Richmond Magazine, and in 2021 he was named “Top Family Practitioner.”

Dr. Cutter also says it is important to stay active in his own life. He golfs, plays tennis, goes fishing and enjoys being outdoors as much as possible — especially if that involves a lake.

Advice to patients
“Always know your body. Listen to the changes your body is going through — but don’t ‘rust out, wear out!’”

Research Interests

New modalities and treatment options of muscle and tendon injuries

Ratings & Reviews

257 Ratings

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Excellent Doctor
June 2023
He was an excellent listener and efficient in making a diagnosis and recommending treatment.
June 2023
Dr. Cutter was very knowledgable and helpful. I felt confident in his diagnosis & treatment plan.
June 2023
Professional, respectful, personable, good listener and thorough.
May 2023
Dr. Cutter saw my son when he was at a different practice several years ago. Once I found out what practice he was now in, I made sure to schedule the appointment with him. Dr. Cutter is very thorough and takes his time to find out where the problem is and explain in terms I can understand.
May 2023
I could not be happier with Dr. Cutter. He is so knowledgeable about Orthopedics and takes time to explain what is going on. He gives me a ton of confidence that he knows the problem and how to best fix it. [...] He should be considered the pre-eminent Sports Med doctor in this region. He is so far above the care/advice we received from the other providers.
April 2023
Dr. Cutter is the BEST doctor I have ever had! Though I hope I don't break any bones in the future, I would absolutely return to see him.
March 2023
Good experience from registration, Dr., and X-ray technician.
February 2023
Dr. Cutter covered all the basics with ease!
December 2022
Dr. Cutter has always been one of the most professional caring doctor I have ever encountered.
December 2022
I cannot emphasize how appreciative my husband and I were to receive good insight to the concussion protocol required for our daughter. We received help and learned a bit ourselves. Great visit experience!
November 2022
[...] Dr Cutter was wonderful
November 2022
Dr. Cutter was amazing and got me a prompt PT appt.
October 2022
Dr Cutter exemplifies an excellent an compassionate health care professional. Very rare in my experience these days!
October 2022
Dr. Cutter was very helpful. I would highly recommend him.
October 2022
I followed Dr. Cutter from [...]. He is first-rate sports med provider.
September 2022
Talking with Dr. Cutter helped me understand my health problems. He gave me great confidence in how to deal with these issues.
July 2022
Exemplary physician. An excellent listener and communicator. A genuine, caring physician. Old school in the BEST way.
May 2022
Dr. Cutter is an excellent spots medicine doctor. I have been his patient for more than 15 years.
April 2022
Dr. Cutter is great. Very kind and attentive, and he also answered some hypothetical questions which doctors are usually loathe to do. Suggested immediate remedial physical therapy I can do at home pending my first visit with physical therapist. He made eye contact and listened carefully. He was terrific.
April 2022
Dr. Cutter is amazing! We will definitely call him for future issues.
March 2022
I am grateful Dr. Cutter is still practicing- VCU is fortunate to a have hired him!
February 2022
Dr. Cutter was excellent. Our PERSONAL relationship w/Dr. Cutter made the experience excellent.
December 2021
Dr. Cutter is the best!
October 2021
Dr. Cutter had an intern during my visit. I loved this as I felt I received a fuller explanation as to what was going on. It was very detailed, especially when recovery my x-ray.
August 2021
Been his patient for 10 years he is the best in his care, explanations, treatment plan & advocacy for me.
July 2021
Very impressed w Dr Cutter!! He listened to everything I had and explained everything to me in english terms that I could totally understand
July 2021
This was my first visit with this provider. He had been recommended to me by someone in my Pilates class. I would definitely recommend him to others
June 2021
Dr. Cutter is an excellent diagnostician. From start to finish he is excellent.
June 2021
Very pleasant!
May 2021
May 2021
Dr. Cutter is great.
April 2021
Dr. Cutter is awesome!
April 2021
Dr. Cutter is the best! My experience was much better at VCU than his previous practice.
April 2021
I have received excellent care from Dr. Cutter over the years. Followed from prior practice.
April 2021