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Christopher W. DiGiovanni
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Christopher W. DiGiovanni

MGH-NWH Foot & Ankle Center

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About

Treatments and procedures offered

My team and I manage issues related to the foot and ankle, caring for all below-the-knee musculoskeletal problems. Our service enjoys managing athletes and patients of all age groups, from adolescence forward.

Business Summary:

Our foot and ankle team has been taking care of this patient population for the past several decades, and we enjoy remaining actively engaged in the well being of the people we serve. We oversee the foot and ankle care delivered at both the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Newton Wellesley Hospital, and we continue to see and care for patients and athletes from around the world. Maximizing patient outcome and ensuring utmost patient satisfaction will always be our highest priorities.

Awards and/or Certifications:

  • Patient’s Choice Award
  • Compassionate Doctor Award
  • America’s Top Orthopaedic Surgeons Award
  • Best Doctors Award
  • Best of Boston Award
  • Top Doctors, US News and World Report
  • ABOS Certified
  • Associate Professor, Vice Chairman and Chief of Foot and Ankle Service in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Participating Team Physician for various college, professional, and Olympic athlete programs

What is your typical process for working with a new patient?

We see and care for all patients with foot and/or ankle complaints, although I specialize in managing musculoskeletal problems related to sport injuries, cartilage issues, trauma (fractures), and reconstruction for arthritis or deformity correction.

What advice would you give a patient looking to find a provider in your specialty?

Do your research. Seek out physicians who have experience with the problem for which you require care. Be familiar with your doctor’s credentials and educational training, and don’t be afraid to get additional opinions. Finally, trust your instincts and remember the old saying “The secret of caring for the patient… is in caring for the patient”. If you feel your physician genuinely has your best interests at heart, he or she probably does.

What inspired your passion for your profession?

I feel fortunate to be a part of this profession. I love taking care of people and translating what I continue to learn from patients, colleagues, and science into improved functional outcomes. It is remarkably rewarding to see a patient “get some of his or her life back” and be able to enjoy things more than before he or she sought treatment.

What treatments are you most excited to offer?

Making shared decisions with patients regarding their various treatment options is important. This often includes discussing not only what is considered “time tested” but also what might be new cutting-edge technology. One of the advantages of overseeing care at a major academic center is that such places attract visiting doctors and patients from around the world, and this type of exposure enables us to remain state-of-the-art for the care we deliver. While we are often teaching our visiting colleagues, trainees, and patients, we are also continually learning from them too. All such exchanges translate into better patient care for the population we serve.

What is the best reaction you’ve ever received from a patient?

A simple thank you that acknowledges how hard our team really works to improve individual quality of life, one patient at a time.

What makes your practice stand apart?

Fortunately there are lots of great providers in Boston, but nonetheless we are proud of our own commitment to patients and the time and expertise we dedicate to taking care of them every day as a team.

What should patients know about your pricing?

My team and I focus on providing care for the patients who need and can benefit from our help; we do not focus on pricing.

How many years have you been in business?

About twenty.

Foot, Ankle, High School, Collegiate, Professional, & Olympic Athletes, Minimally Invasive and Arthroscopic Surgery, Cartilage, Tendon, and Instability Surgery

Special expertise

Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Injuries-Foot & Ankle, Arthroscopic Surgery, Fractures

Awards

Top Doctor: 2019

Hospitals

Primary Hospital: Massachusetts General Hospital
Secondary Hospital: Newton-Wellesley Hospital