Robert A. Hymes, MD, is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He is a member of the Inova Trauma Center team on Inova Fairfax Medical Campus, the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Northern Virgina. He specializes in the management of fractures, nounions/malunions, pelvis and acetabular fractures/injuries and bone infections.

For Robert A. Hymes, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon at Inova, the highlight of his day is seeing a patient that he treated for a traumatic injury — whether from a car crash, industrial incident or other debilitating accident — on the mend.

“In medical school I developed an interest in orthopedic surgery and I gravitated toward traumatologists,” says Dr. Hymes, who is Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma, and Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at VCU School of Medicine. “They were fun to be around, but most importantly, they helped those who were most critically injured. To be able to see someone arrive in that state and three months later walk out of the office happy … that’s a great feeling.”

Extreme situations often create strong bonds, a phenomenon Dr. Hymes sees both in his work with colleagues, and with residents and medical students. A belief in the importance of these connections is why he recruits patients for Inova’s Trauma Survivors Network that puts current patients in touch with patients who have experienced similar trauma. “Patients who join our Trauma Survivors Network become resources for other patients,” he says. “I know that patient bond can be very helpful, and if they even have 30 minutes to talk to someone who was in a similar situation, that goes a long way.”

Seeing close relationships form is particularly humbling for Dr. Hymes because he recognizes that the circumstances that bring patients to his care are never desirable. “They have to put their trust in me, so I feel an obligation to follow through on that trust,” he explains.

During a typical workday, Dr. Hymes reviews patients in the Trauma Center at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus (IFMC) with his team, performs surgery, instructs residents and medical students, and goes on rounds to see patients who have recently undergone surgery. In addition, he leads the clinical research team for the department.

Learning to communicate with patients over his almost two decades of experience as an orthopedic trauma surgeon has been key, he believes, to improving the recovery process. “A well-informed patient is better off than an uninformed patient,” he states. “Someone who realizes and understands what’s in store for them for makes for a better functional outcome.”

When he is not saving and healing lives, Dr. Hymes enjoys spending time with his wife, three daughters and their rescue dog in Falls Church, a short commute from IFMC. You can also find him on the golf course, or relaxing with friends and enjoying many of the cultural amenities found in the Washington, DC, metro area.

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6 Comments

  1. felicita on July 25, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Worked for this wonderful human being for 5 years. His smile and sense of humor would keep us going on a stressful day. I miss you Dr. Hymes and all your partners in Health lol…. God continue to bless you and your loved ones.You are one of the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Tammy on July 25, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Dr. Hymes, our saving grace. Tomorrow, July 26, 2018 will be a year since my son, Trevor Ours was involved in a horrific car accident. Trev was air lifted to Inova trauma center and I thank God every day for this wonderful Doctor that made our stay there so much more than just a stay. He explained everything to us and connected with Trevor on a whole new level. Thank you, and may God Bless you always. Forever indebted to you.

  3. Tim on July 25, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    I see this post on the even that I meet Dr. Hymes. He and his team are great. My son was flown to Inova due to car accident due to the trauma team there. They were able to put him back together letting him walk three months early. Words cannot describe how greatful I am for their dedication to taking great care of my son.

  4. Nigel on July 26, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    It was the highlight of my professional career working with Dr. Hymes and all of the other orthopedic trauma surgeons. I was truly able to see and learn some amazing things about medicine and taking care of vulnerable people. I am happy and proud to see others recognize the things you all do for the area’s injured!

  5. Lisa on September 18, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Calling you a marvel, a God, is an understatement. My 19-year-old daughter has her leg and her life because of you! You are truly the most gifted trauma surgeon we could have done ever been blessed with! Thank you!!!

  6. Narrelle on March 11, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I was sent to Inova Fairfax after being struck by a car as a pedestrian. Dr Hymes operated twice on my broken talus of my right ankle. He gave this distressed lady from Australia a feeling of confidence that although I would never walk exactly how I once did, that I would walk again.
    4 months Non weight bearing,wheelchair, physio sessions, crutches and walking frames then walking cane, til finally able to walk unassisted.
    2 years later I am still not able to say I can walk the way I once did but I can walk. Thanks to this fine surgeon. Many thanks to the whole team!

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