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Christopher D. Johnson, MD, FACS

Dr. Christopher D. Johnson - orthopedic surgeon
Christopher D. Johnson, MD, FACS
hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and knee specialist

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NJ TOP DOCTORS 2013Experience

Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon
Board Certified:
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Specialty Board
Surgery of the Hand

Areas of Special Interest:
Hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder and knee; microsurgery; sports medicine; orthopaedic surgery
Undergraduate Degree: Tulane University, 1979
Medical Degree: UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School, 1983
Middlesex General University Hospital 1984-1985
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, 1985-1986
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1986-1987
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1986-1987
Residency: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, St. Peters Medical Center, 1987-1988
Fellowship: Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, Indiana Center for Surgery & Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, 1988-1989


Dr. Johnson is proud to be from the Jersey shore. He grew up in Avon, New Jersey and attended CBA in Lincroft. His undergraduate training was at Tulane University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual majors in Chemistry and Physics. He then began his medical training at the UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School. His five-year residency in Orthopedics was performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. During his residency, he also worked at other facilities including Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Johnson also worked at Rutgers University, serving as a team physician for 33 Intercollegiate NCAA Division I sports. He subsequently completed a one-year fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at the Indiana Center for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Johnson is currently a team physician for many area high schools. He has many years of experience with knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries. He also frequently performs carpal tunnel surgery using the latest microsurgical techniques. He is a member of multiple societies including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and also serves as an Instructor in the Orthopaedic Residency Program at Monmouth Medical Center. Recently, Dr. Johnson has received a clinical appointment at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Johnson is an active volunteer/program director for Health Volunteers Overseas Honduras Program and he has been appointed a professor at the Escuela Hospital in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

When not practicing medicine, Dr. Johnson enjoys sailing, boating, and fishing. He is an active participant in his childrens athletic activities including coaching and serving as a team physician. He enjoys spending time with his wife, four children, and multiple family members that live in the Jersey Shore area.

Board Certification

  • Diplomat - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, July 12, 1991
  • Fellow - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, February 20, 1993
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc August 31, 1991
  • Sports Medicine - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2007


  • 1972-75 - Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft NJ
  • 1975-79 - B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Physics, Tulane University of Louisiana in New Orleans, LA
  • 1979-83 - MD Degree, UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway, NJ

Medical Training

  • 1983-84 - Middlesex General University Hospital
    Princeton Medical Center
    Muhlenbergh Hospital
  • 1984-85 - Middlesex General University Hospital
    St. Peter's Medical Center
  • 1985-1986 - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    St. Peter's Medical Center
    Middlesex General University Hospital
  • 1986-87 - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (formerly Middlesex General University Hospital)
    St. Peter's Medical Center
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • 1987-88 - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Chief Resident
    St. Peter's Medical Center, Chief Resident
  • 1988-89 - Indiana Center for Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity
    Fellow Hand and Reconstructive Surgery


  • 1989-Present - Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ
  • 1989-Present - Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, NJ
  • 1991-Present - Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Bayshore Community Hospital, Holmdel, NJ


  • Fellow, February 20,1993 - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, October 14, 1993 - American College of Surgeons
  • Active Member - Medical Society of New Jersey
  • Active Member - American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Active Member - The New York Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Active Member - Monmouth County Medical Society
  • Active Member - St. Vincent Hand Society
  • Active Member - American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc.
  • Active Member - International Arthroscopy Association
  • Active Member - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Member - New Jersey World Cup '94 Host Committee
  • Associate Member - National Athletic Trainer's Association
  • Associate Member - Eastern Athletic Trainer's Association

Educational Activities

  • 1989-Present - Orthopaedic Residency Program (Instructor)
    Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ

Team Physician

Dr. Johnson is a team physician for local high school and college sports teams. Dr. Johnson also participates in P.O.A.'s Saturday Sports Medicine Clinics, a convenient walk-in clinic for any athlete.

  • Universities: Monmouth University, Georgian Court University
  • High Schools: Toms River, Middletown, Shore Regional, Rumson-Fair Haven, Red Bank Regional, Brick Township, Brick Memorial, Ocean Township, St. Rose, Red Bank Catholic, Long Branch, Monmouth Regional, Raritan, Matawan, Jackson, Keansburg, St. John Vianney, Asbury Park

Publications and Presentations

  • April, 1986 Popliteus Tendinitis, Presented to NJ Orthopaedic Society Johnson, C.D.
  • 1988 Tenosynovitis in Wrist and Palm in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chapter in book entitled Symposium on Rheumatoid Arthritis Little, Brown Co. Johnson, C.D.
  • November 3-5, 1988 Instructor, Clinical Techniques in Hand Rehabilitation Johnson, C.D.
  • February, 1989 Manubriosternal Dislocation in a Football Athlete, Surgical Rounds for Orthopedics, 45-50
    Johnson, C.D., Zawadsky, J.P.
  • May, 1989 Cortico Cancellous Wedge Grafting with Herbert Screw Fixation in Non-Unions of the Scaphoid, Presented to Tri-City Hand Meeting, Indianapolis, IN Johnson, C.D.
  • June, 1989 Popliteus Tendon and the Lateral Meniscus, J. Bone and Joint Surgery, 71-A(5): 714-716
    Johnson, C.D., Tria, A.J., Zawadsky, J.P.
  • January, 1995 Instructor, AO/ASIF, External Fixation Workshop, Somerset, N.J. Johnson, C.D.
  • Spring, 1995 Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release (ECTR): A Controversey in Evolution. Current Concepts in Sports Medicine, Volume 4 Johnson, C.D.
  • January, 1997 Instructor, AO/ASIF, Operating Room Personnel Instructional Presentation, Long Branch, NJ
    Johnson, C.D.
  • April 1999 Hand Injuries in the Workplace, Wall, NJ October 2001
  • Elbow Injuries in the Workplace, Toms River, NJ
  • March 2003 Hand and Wrist Splinting Techniques, Belmar, NJ
  • Nov. 2007 Cadaver Anatomical Review of Upper Extremity, Shrewsbury Surgery Center, Shrewsbury, NJ
  • Dec. 2010 New Trends in Upper Extremity Management, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ



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