Dr. A. Holly Johnson specializes in helping people get back to their pre-injury level of activity, whether that is running ultra-marathons, playing collegiate ice hockey, or simply walking for exercise. She treats all orthopedic conditions of the foot and ankle, with a focus on sports-related injuries, Achilles tendon problems and using arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques for forefoot reconstruction (bunions), foot and ankle trauma, deformity and arthritis.
After earning her BA cum laude in English from Harvard University, Dr. Johnson graduated with her MD from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her Orthopedic Surgery Residency and Foot and Ankle Fellowship at HSS. Prior to returning to HSS in March, 2018, she practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 2008-2018.Dr. Johnson was Captain of the Harvard Women's Ice Hockey Team, achieving All-Ivy and ECAC accolades. She is a physician for USA Women's Ice Hockey and served as the Team Physician at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She is also currently a team physician for the New York Liberty (WNBA) professional basketball team.
Dr. Johnson serves on the Foundation of the American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) as well as multiple other AOFAS committees devoted to humanitarian mission work and the advancement of women in the orthopedics. She has researched and published in multiple areas of foot and ankle orthopedics.
In her spare time, Dr. Johnson runs marathons and plays tennis, golf and ice hockey. She enjoys staying active with her husband and three children.
Assistant Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Treatment of ankle OCD
Treatment of ankle and foot instability
Foot and ankle arthroscopy
Minimally invasive techniques
Foot and ankle arthritis
Foot and ankle trauma
Foot and ankle deformity
Foot and ankle arthroscopy
Achilles repair and reconstruction
Arthroscopic treatment of talar OCD
Tendon and ligament repair
Bunion/hallux valgus reconstruction
Foot and ankle fusion
Foot and ankle trauma and reconstruction
American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) and Foundation
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The Cavovarus Foot - OKU Foot and Ankle, Chou L, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 2014.
Ankle Impingement – Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine, Altchek D, Dines J, DiGiovanni C, Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2014.
Pes Cavus, Johnson AH, May C. OKO (Orthopedic Knowledge Online, from AAOS) 2012 Ankle Impingement, Sports Injuriesto the Foot and Ankle, 2012.
Donahue, GS, Hagemeijer, NC, Johnson, AH. How Will the Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Community Respond to the Growing Opioid Epidemic? Foot Ankle Int Online. Accepted for publication Jan 2018.
Martinez-Salazar EL, Vicentini JRT, Johnson AH, Torriani M. Hallux saltans due to stenosing tenosynovitis of flexor hallucis longus: dynamic sonography and arthroscopic findings. Skeletal Radiol. 2017 Dec 28.
Menendez ME, Bot AGJ, Neuhaus V, Ring D, Johnson AH. Factors Influencing Discharge Disposition After Ankle Arthrodesis. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 Jun;35(6):578-583.
Menendez ME, Neuhaus V, Bot AG, Ring D, Johnson AH. The impact of metabolic syndrome on inpatient outcomes after isolated ankle fractures. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 May;35(5):463-70.
Black EM, Antoci V, Lee JT, Weaver MJ, Johnson AH, Susarla SM, Kwon JY. Role of preoperative computed tomography scans in operative planning for malleolar ankle fractures. Foot Ankle Int. 2013 May;34(5):697-704.
Ellis SJ, Yu JC, Johnson AH, Elliott A, O'Malley M, Deland J. Plantar pressures in patients with and without lateral foot pain after lateral column lengthening. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Jan;92(1):81-91.
Asnis PD, Gardner MJ, Ranawat A, Leitzes AH (Johnson AH), Peterson MG, Bass AR. The Effectiveness of Warfarin Dosing from a Nomogram Compared with Housestaff Dosing.
J Arthroplasty. 2007 Feb;22(2):213-8.
Leitzes AH (Johnson AH), Potter HG, Amaral T, Marx RG, Lyman S, Widmann RF. Reliability and accuracy of MRI scanogram in the evaluation of limb length discrepancy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2005 Nov-Dec;25(6):747-9
"Deltoid, posterior malleolus fracture, syndesmotic injuries: what do we fix?" American-Indo Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Conference, Hyderabad, India 2018
"Minimally invasive technique for forefoot deformity." Wright Medical Fellows Course, Memphis, TN 2017
"Posterior Ankle Endoscopic Techniques." Chinese Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting, Zhuhai, China 2017
"Lisfranc Injuries: how do we improve outcomes?" Chinese Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting, Zhuhai, China 2017
"Lisfranc Treatment – Where we are now." Grand Rounds Boston University Department of Orthopedics, Boston, MA 2017
"Dreams and Heartbreak: Sochi 2014."Grand Rounds Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA 2014
"Ankle Arthritis – Current Treatment." Keynote Speaker Hokkaido Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting, Asahikawa, Japan 2011