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Average Rating: 4.9 (35 reviews)

Voted by his peers as
Top Doctor for three
consecutive years

Elbow, Hand, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine, and Wrist

Christopher D. Johnson, MD, FACS, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in elbow, hand, knee, shoulder, sports medicine, and wrist. Dr. Johnson joined Professional Orthopaedic Associates in 1989.

After completing his undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Johnson went on to earn his medical degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in Piscataway, New Jersey.

He then completed internship training at Middlesex General University Hospital in Middlesex, New Jersey, and residency training at RWJUH, St. Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Johnson underwent advanced fellowship training in hand and reconstructive surgery at the Indiana Center for Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also completed another fellowship as a team physician for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Dr. Johnson is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

When he is not seeing patients, Dr. Johnson enjoys sailing, fishing, boating, working out, and coaching.


  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 

Medical School

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ


  • Middlesex General University Hospital, Middlesex, NJ


  • RWJUH, St. Peter's Medical Center, New Brunswick, NJ


  • Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, Indiana Center for Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand, Indianapolis, IN
  • Team Physician, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Specialty Board Certification

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Health Volunteers Overseas Member
  • Internal Arthroscopic Association
  • Medical Society of New Jersey
  • Monmouth Medical Society
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association
  • The New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • St. Vincent Hand Society


  • Instructor, Orthopaedic Residency Program, Monmouth Medical Center
  • Clinical Appointment, RWJ Medical School
  • Professor, Escuela Hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
  • New Jersey Monthly “Top Doctor” Award for 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Arthroscopic Surgery for Sports Injuries
  • Dupytren's Contracture
  • Fracture Care, particularly for the Elbow, Hand, Shoulder, and Wrist
  • Hand Tendon and Nerve Reconstruction
  • Minimally Invasive Carpal Tunnel Surgery
  • Nonsurgical Treatment of Nerve Pressure Problems

"I am an Equine Dentist and am 59 years old. In 2007, I fractured my collarbone in a horse related accident. Because of the nature of my occupation, it’s imperative that I have full range of motion of all my extremities. The recovery required a surgery performed by Dr. Johnson. He inserted a plate and 5 screws to repair my collarbone. In about 7 months, he removed the plate. Thanks to Dr. Johnson and therapist Shelia, I made a full recovery. Then about a year ago, I developed a problem in my knee. The pain was excruciating and I could barely walk, let alone work. Again, my job is extremely physical and requires the use of your entire body, from fingers to toes. Again, I visited Dr. Johnson and he repaired my knee surgically. I was back doing moderate work on horses in 10 days. Shelia was supervising my rehab and helping me get back my range of motion. Of course, it took time to recover. My knee got stronger and my range of motion came back as the weeks went by. Now, a year later, my knee is perfect. I have no pain and have complete range of motion. I am on my feet all day long, doing strenuous work, working most days, and my knee never bothers me at all. As a matter of fact, I would say it’s the best part of me. As far as I am concerned, these people are the best in the business. I recommend them all the time to people with orthopaedic issues and would call on them again if I ever have another problem. They are truly healers and take a genuine concern about their patients well being. If it was not for them, I would not have been able to continue my career as an Equine Dentist. Thank you again, Dr. Johnson and Shelia." -- Ed K.

  • Monmouth University
  • Georgian Court University
  • Brookdale Community College
  • New Jersey Jr. Titans Youth Hockey Team
  • Asbury Park High School
  • Barnegat High School
  • Holmdel High School
  • Jackson High Schools
  • Keansburg High School
  • Lakewood High School
  • Long Beach High School
  • Matawan Regional High School
  • Middletown High Schools
  • Monmouth Regional High School
  • Ocean Township High School
  • Raritan High School
  • Red Bank Catholic High School
  • Red Bank Regional High School
  • Rumson-Fair Haven High School
  • Shore Regional High School
  • St. Rose High School
  • Toms River High Schools
  • CTR Soccer