Dr. 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.



Clinical Interests
  • Sports injuries to the foot & ankle
  • Foot & ankle fractures
  • Cartilage Injury
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Post traumatic arthritis & deformity
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Osteochondral Dessicans (OCD) of the Talus
  • Foot deformity
  • Bunions
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Danvers: The Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Waltham: Mass General Waltham
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group


Dr. Holly Johnson earned her BA cum laude in English from Harvard University and her MD from the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine. After completing her general surgery internship at New York Presbyterian Hospital, she went on to complete her residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Johnson's training culminated with a Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery from the Hospital for Special Surgery as well. She joined the MGH Orthopaedic Staff in 2008.

Dr. Johnson was Captain of the Harvard Women's Ice Hockey Team, achieving All-Ivy accolades. She has run multiple marathons (most recently Boston 2011, 2012 and 2014) and continues to be active in tennis, golf and ice hockey.

Dr. Johnson treats all orthopaedic maladies of the foot and ankle, and has a particular interest in osteochondral lesions, ligament instability, foot and ankle trauma, and Achilles tendon problems. She also treats sports-related injuries, deformity, arthritis, and bunions. She has researched and published on flatfoot deformity and posterior tibial tendon insufficiency.

Watch Dr. Johnson's Grand Rounds presentation on the Dreams & Heartbreaks of the Sochi Olympics.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Johnson has researched and published on the treatment Flatfoot Deformity. She is currently writing a chapter in a Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine textbook. She is interested in clinical research of the foot and ankle.

You can see a Grand Rounds Presentation by Dr Johnson on Diagnosis and Treatment of Peroneal Tendon Pathology.


Select Publications:

Johnson A, Aibinder W, Deland JT. Clinical tip: partial plantar plate release for correction of crossover second toe. Foot Ankle Int. 2008 Nov;29(11):1145-7.

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.

News & Events

  • Orthopaedics Spotlight: Q&A with Anne Holly Johnson, MD

    An interview with Dr. Anne Holly Johnson, a foot and ankle surgeon, about her work in health care and how we can encourage more women and girls to enter the sciences.

  • What to do for a sprained ankle

    Dr. Holly Johnson, a foot and ankle surgeon at Mass General, was asked about ankle sprains by Harvard Medical School's Health Publication.

  • Foot and Ankle: A Growing Specialty

    Foot and ankle is one of the fastest growing fields in orthopaedics. Factors driving this growth include increased participation in athletics, motor vehicle trauma, osteoarthritis, obesity, diabetes and the aging population.

  • The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation Welcomes Dr. Holly Johnson to the Board of Directors

    Dr. Holly Johnson, who is a part of the Foot & Ankle Center, joined the board of directors of the Foot & Ankle Foundation.

  • Foot & Ankle Center Celebrates Opening

    The Mass General / Newton-Wellesley Foot & Ankle Center, located at Mass General Waltham, celebrated its opening.

  • Be Smart About Selecting Summer Footwear

    If you are shopping for new sandals or flip flops to wear this summer—or digging old footwear out of the closet—don't forget to consider the health of your feet.

  • How to Ramp Up Your Workout Without Getting Injured

    Planning to exercise more in the coming months? A Mass General orthopaedic surgeon shares her advice on how to do it right.

  • Five Tips for Buying Running Shoes

    Dr. Anne Johnson offers tips on buying running shoes.

  • A silver lining in Sochi

    Anne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, a foot and ankle surgeon in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery and U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team doctor, at center, savors her final days in Sochi, Russia.

  • Johnson sets her sights on Sochi

    Anne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, a Foot and Ankle surgeon in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery, will travel to Sochi, Russia on Feb. 1 to watch – and watch over – the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team.

  • Johnson first defense for U.S. Olympic team

    Anne Holland “Holly” Johnson, MD, interim director of the Foot and Ankle Service in the MGH Department of Orthopædic Surgery, has been named the team doctor for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey team.

  • Treating Aching Feet

    Do you suffer from sore feet? Read what Dr. Johnson, Interim Director of the Foot and Ankle Service, suggests for treating sore feet in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

  • Free Health & Fitness Expo

    All are invited to attend the fifth annual Boston Health & Fitness Expo hosted by Partners HealthCare and WHDH-7News June 25 and 26 at the Hynes Convention Center.


  • Foot & Ankle Center Opening Celebration

    On November 1, 2016, the Mass General/Newton-Wellesley Foot & Ankle Center had an opening celebration.

  • Orthopaedics at MG West

    The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is proud to announce the opening of their new state-of-the-art outpatient facility in Waltham, housing the new Foot & Ankle Center.


Mass General/Newton Wellesley Foot & Ankle Center
40 Second Ave
Bldg 52 Suite 1150
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-724-9338
Fax: 781-487-4003
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
104 Endicott Street
Danvers, MA 01923-3623
Phone: 617-724-9338
Fax: 781-487-4003