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Christopher W. DiGiovanni, MD

  • Chief, Foot & Ankle Service and Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs
  • Team Physician: Boston College Athletics; Consultant Team Physician: U.S. Ski Team
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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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.



Clinical Interests
  • Sports injuries to the foot & ankle
  • Foot & ankle fractures
  • Cartilage injuries
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Post traumatic arthritis & deformity
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Minimally invasive & arthroscopic surgical techniques
  • Ankle joint replacement surgery
  • Venous thromboembolic disease (in foot & ankle surgery)
  • Osteochondral Dessicans (OCD) of the Talus
  • Foot deformity
  • Bunions
  • Neuromuscular disease
Medical Education
  • MD, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Residency, Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan
  • Fellowship, Harborview Medical Center|Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery|Fellowship, Rhode Island Hospital/Lifespan
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Foreign Languages
  • Italian
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 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.

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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.

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DiGiovanni CW, Greisberg J: Editors: The Foot and Ankle, Core Knowledge in Orthopaedics. Mosby-Elsevier Publishing, p. 1-394, 2007.
  • Altchek D, DiGiovanni CW, Dines J, Positano R, Eds: Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine, Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams Wilkins, p. 1-351, 2013.
  • 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.
  • Richter M, Kwon J, DiGiovanni CW: Foot Trauma. In: Skeletal Trauma, 4th Edition. Due out 2014.

News & Events

  • Mass General Waltham opens Foot and Ankle store

    The mission of the new Foot & Ankle Store at Mass General Waltham is to provide orthopedic care for patients and their families for any condition “below the knee.” The store provides patients access to high-quality medical products, as well as footwear to meet their foot and ankle needs.

  • 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.

  • Foot & Ankle Center Celebrates Opening

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

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • Foot & Ankle Center Opening Celebration

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

  • Complex Foot Reconstruction

    Dr. Christopher DiGiovanni discusses complex foot reconstruction with a patient who has Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT), which is a disease that damages the nerves in your arms and legs.

  • Total Ankle Replacement

    Dr. Christopher DiGiovanni discusses total ankle replacements with a patient whom had both of his ankle replaced.

  • 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
Orthopaedic Associates
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 3F
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-9338
Fax: 781-487-4003

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