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Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD

Chief, Foot & Ankle Service

Director, Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program

Visiting Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. DiGiovanni promises his patients that he will always strive to provide them the best care possible - a commitment he takes seriously and considers to be a foremost priority.

Department of Orthopaedics
Clinical Interests
Fractures, sprains and dislocations
Sports injuries
Minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgical techniques
Arthritis and joint replacement surgery
Venous thromboembolic disease (in foot and ankle surgery)
Cartilage replacement surgery
Bunions and hammertoes
Neuromuscular disease
Diabetes and charcot arthropathy
Reconstructive surgery and deformity correction
Tendonitis and rupture
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Waltham: Mass General West
Medical Education
MD, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency, Rhode Island Hospital
Fellowship, Harborview Medical Center
Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship, Rhode Island Hospital
Board Certifications
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. DiGiovanni is an internationally recognized foot and ankle surgeon. He earned his BA from Dartmouth College and MD from the Brown University-Dartmouth Medical School Program. Dr. DiGiovanni completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Brown University and several subspecialty fellowships:

  • Orthopaedic Trauma, Brown Medical School
  • Joint Replacement and Reconstruction, Cornell University Medical College - Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Arthroscopy and Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine, Harbor-UCLA and USC Affiliated Hospitals
  • Foot and Ankle Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine - Harborview Medical Center
  • Foot and Ankle Travelling Fellow, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Before MGH, Dr. DiGiovanni was a Chief of the Foot and Ankle Service at Brown Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital. He served as Program Director for Orthopaedic Residency at Brown and directed its Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program as well as the Joe DiMaggio Sports Foot and Ankle Center.

Dr. DiGiovanni has been honored numerous times as one of America's Best Doctors and Top Surgeons. He was given the Excellence in Teaching Award by his residents and the Patient's Choice Award by his patients.

Dr. DiGiovanni received the Order of Merit from the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation for distinguished philanthropy in the advancement of orthopaedic surgery and has been a member of surgical advisory boards for several major US companies. He helped patent many foot and ankle devices which received FDA approval, and he has lectured across the world on foot and ankle topics.

Dr. DiGiovanni is a fellow of the AAOS and remains an active member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. He enjoys active involvement with the foot and ankle care of a number of collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes.


Dr. DiGiovanni's research is devoted to improving foot and ankle function with state-of-the-art procedures involving total ankle replacement, growth factor incorporation to improve bone healing rates, sports and fracture care, minimally invasive arthroscopy, limb salvage surgery, bunion and hammertoe reconstruction and various new soft tissue balancing operations designed to maximize and preserve function of the foot and ankle.

He is currently on the Managerial Board of the journal Foot and Ankle International, sits on the International Editorial Board of the European Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery and has been a consultant reviewer for a number of other orthopaedic journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.


Dr. DiGiovanni has authored well over 100 peer review articles, book chapters, and books involving the orthopaedic management of many different foot and ankle problems.

Select Publications:

  1. Frey C, DiGiovanni CW. Gross and Arthroscopic Anatomy of the Foot. In: Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy, 3rd Ed., Chapter 1. Eds: Guhl JF, Parisien JS, Boynton MD. Springer-Verlag Inc., New York, NY: 2004. p. 1-18.
  2. DiGiovanni CW: Guest Editor, Foot and Ankle Clinics: 'External Fixation Techniques for the Foot and Ankle'. In: Foot and Ankle Clinics, Eds: DiGiovanni CW, Myerson M. W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia, PA, p. 1-662, 9/04.
  3. DiGiovanni CW, Greisberg J: Editors: The Foot and Ankle, Core Knowledge in Orthopaedics. Mosby-Elsevier Publishing, p. 1-394, 2007.
  4. Altchek D, DiGiovanni CW, Dines J, Positano R, Eds: Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine, Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams Wilkins, p. 1-351, 2013.
  5. Positano R, DiGiovanni CW, Trepal M, Borer J, Murphy D, Eds: Manifestations of Sysytemic Disease in the Lower Extremity. Wolterskluwer LWW Publishing, Due out Winter 2014.
  6. Richter M, Kwon J, DiGiovanni CW: Foot Trauma. In: Skeletal Trauma, 4th Edition. Due out 2014.

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.

New chief for Foot and Ankle Service

A renowned orthopædic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle care, has been named as the new chief of the MGH Foot and Ankle Service.

Developments in Total Ankle Replacement

A team at Massachusetts General Hospital has developed a new generation of ankle replacement devices and protocols that are promoting wider adoption of total ankle arthroplasty.

Mass General/Newton Wellesley Foot & Ankle Center
52 2nd Avenue
Suite 1150
Waltham, MA 02451

Phone: 617-724-9338
Fax: 781-487-4003

Orthopaedic Associates
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 3F
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-724-9338
Fax: 781-487-4003