Tobin Eckel

Tobin Eckel

Tobin Eckel

Name: Tobin T. Eckel, MD

Department of Primary Appointment: Surgery
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon

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Office Phone: (301) 319-2464
Fax Number: (301) 295-8280





USU - Walter Reed Department of Surgery


Orthopaedic Surgery
Foot & Ankle Surgery

Clinical Interests

Ankle replacement
Ankle reconstruction
Foot arthritis and deformity
Sports injuries


Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center
Malcolm Grow Medical Center

Medical Education

MD, The Ohio State University
Internship, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Fellowship, Duke University

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Insurances Accepted




2001: The Ohio State University, BS
2005: The Ohoio Sate University, MD


2006: Internship,  Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2011: Residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
2012: Fellowship in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Duke University


Staff Orthopaedic Surgeon-Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgeon- Forward Surgical Element, Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan

Dr. Eckel is one of six children born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University for undergraduate and medical school and is an avid Buckeyes fan. He completed his internship and residency training at Walter Reed from 2005 through 2011 and was heavily involved in combat casualty care during that period. He then completed hi fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery at Duke University before returning to Walter Reed as a staff surgeon.

He is happily married and the proud father of two beautiful daughters, and spend more time playing with dolls and having tea parties than he cares to admit. He is passionate about teaching residents and feel truly privileged to be able to care for our active duty servicemembers, their families, and our retirees.


- Ankle ligament reconstruction
- Achilles tendon disorders
- Hallux valgus correction
- Weight bearing protocols after elective foot/ankle surgery


1. Lehman RA, Lenke LG, Helgeson MD, Eckel TT, Keeler KA. Accuracy/Benefit of Intraoperative Scoliosis Radiographs to Determine Correction. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2010 Mar; 468(3): 679-86.

2. Burns TC, Stinner DJ, Possley DR, Mack AW, Eckel TT, Potter BK, Wenke JC, Hsu JR. Does the zone of injury in combat related type III open tibia fractures preclude the use of local soft tissue coverage? Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2010 Nov; 24(11):697-703.

3. Helgeson MD, Lehman RA, Jr., Paik H, Eckel TT, Cooper PB, Rosner MK, Bellabarba C. Low Lumbar Burst Fractures: A Unique Fracture Mechanism Sustained in Our Current Overseas Conflicts. Spine J. 2012 Sep; 12(9):784-790.

4. Beltran MJ, Burns TC, Eckel TT, Potter BK, Wenke JC, Hsu JR, the Skeletal Trauma Research Consortium (STReC). Fate of Combat Nerve Injury. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2012 Nov; 26(11):198-203.

5. Burns TC, Stinner DJ, Mack AW, Potter BK, Beer R, Eckel TT, Possley DR, Beltran MJ, Hayda RA, Andersen RC, Keeling JJ, Frisch HM, Murray CK, Wenke JC, Ficke JR, Hsu JR; Skeletal Trauma Research Consortium (STReC). Microbiology and injury characteristics in severe open tibia fractures from combat. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Apr; 72(4):1062-7.

6. Eckel TT, Queen R, Abbey A, Butler R, Nunley J. Does Increased Bodyweight alter ankle mechanics and spatial temporal gait mechanics in healthy controls? Foot Ankle International. 2012 Nov; 33(11): 979-983.

7. Eckel TT, Nunley J. Botox as an Adjuvant to Tendon Transfer for Foot Drop. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. 2013; 22(3):233-236.

8. Eckel TT, Glisson R, Anand P, Parekh S. Biomechanical Comparison of Four Different Lateral Plate Constructs for Distal Fibula Fractures. Foot Ankle International. 2013 Nov; 34(11):1588-1595.

9. Zanolli DH, Glisson RR, Utturkar GM, Eckel TT, DeOrio JK. Calcaneal "Z" Osteotomy Effect on Hindfoot Varus After Triple Arthrodesis in a Cadaver Model. Foot Ankle International. 2014 Dec;35(12):1350-7.

10. Eckel TT, Shawen SB. Gastrocnemius Recession: A Panacea for What Ails the Foot and Ankle. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Jan 21;97(2):e9

Contact Information

Walter Reed NMMC
9801 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, Maryland 20889
Phone: (301) 319-2464
Fax: (301) 295-8280