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Michael H. Johnson, MD

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Board Certified Orthopedic Surgery and Hand Surgery Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Fellowship at Brown University Hand & Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at Harvard University

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Areas of Focus

Shoulder & Elbow Care
Pediatric Care
Hand & Wrist Care
Sports Medicine

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Practice Overview

Michael H. Johnson, MD is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in condition and injuries from the collarbone to the finger tips, including shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Dr. Johnson specializes in shoulder arthroscopy for rotator cuff and labral tears as well as arthroplasty of the shoulder, including complex revisions. Within hand surgery, he specializes in carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, arthroscopic treatment of arthritis, tendon or ligament tears, and dupuytren’s contracture. He treats all types of fractures of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand as well.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Stanford University in Stanford, California. He received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed his Residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He completed a Shoulder and Elbow fellowship at Brown University and a Hand Surgery Fellowship at Harvard University.

Clinical Interest

Shoulder care, including shoulder replacement including complex revision, arthroscopic shoulder surgery including rotator cuff tears, labral tears, sports medicine injuries, and all fractures
Elbow care, including arthroscopy, arthroplasty/elbow replacement, fractures, and ligament reconstruction
Wrist care, including all fractures including distal radius fractures, arthritis, and tendon and ligament injuries
Hand care, including carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, arthroscopic treatment of arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, and all fractures
Fracture care, including all fractures from shoulders and clavicle to the fingertips
Pediatric care, including all ages and all fractures, duplicated thumbs or fingers, and congenital trigger thumb
Sports medicine, including sports injuries of the upper extremity, tendon and ligament repairs/reconstructions, and arthroscopic treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist, or thumb


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery

Brown University Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Fellowship
Harvard University Hand Surgery Fellowship

University of Missouri-Kansas City, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical Degree
University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine Medical Doctorate

Undergraduate Degree
Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Human Biology, Stanford University

Hospital & Surgery Center Affiliations

Blaine Orthopedics Surgery Center
North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center – Maple Grove
North Memorial Hospital
Mercy Hospital
Unity Hospital

Professional Affiliations

American Shoulder and Elbow Society (2017 – Present)
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2014 – Present)
Reviewer, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (2013 – Present)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (2008 – Present)
American Orthopaedic Association (2012 – Present)
AOA Emerging Leaders Program (2011 – Present)

Achievements & Awards

The Rex Diveley Award – UMKC Orthopaedic Resident of the Year (2013)
AOA-OREF Resident Leadership Forum (2012)
Orthopaedic Surgery Consultant of the Year (2010 – 2011)
Richard H. Kiene Award, Highest OITE score (2008 – 2009)

Albert Hastorf Award for Outstanding Service to Human Biology, Stanford University (2003)


Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, The Vancouver Clinic. (2017 – Present)
Chairman, Surgery Department, Legacy Hospital. Salmon Creek, WA. (2018 – Present)


Megan McChesney, APRN, CNP

Megan McChesney, APRN, CNP
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner

Krista R.
Care Coordinator

Patient Testimonials

March 18, 2024

Bobbi S.

Dr. Johnson performed a carpectomy on my wrist, as well as trigger finger surgery. He has since given me injections for new trigger finger issues. I love his attitude and bedside manner. He explains everything in detail that I can understand. I highly recommend him for any care under his specialties.

April 19, 2023

Carol B.

I just had shoulder replacement surgery with Dr. Michael Johnson. I was referred to him by a family member. After being somewhat doubtful of my original surgeon choice, I obtained a second opinion with Dr. Johnson. After reviewing my records, he told me more about what needed to be done than anyone else. I’m 6 days post-op and definitely made the right choice by switching doctors. Highly recommend!

June 25, 2022

Troy H.

After suffering a torn and displaced labrum, tearing my bicep, and fracturing my shoulder in a ski mountaineering accident, Dr. Johnson surgically repaired my shoulder, resetting the labrum, removing a bone fragment from my shoulder socket, and repairing my bicep. Given the severity and complexity of the injury, the pre-surgical prognosis was a hope to regain most, but not all, use of the shoulder. The surgery was tremendously successful. One year later, I have regained nearly 100% range of motion and my strength is returning. Dr. Johnson did a truly remarkable job!

September 12, 2019

Rhonda P.

As a result of a shoulder dislocation in June and after 10-11 therapy sessions, I had hit a plateau and was advised to seek advice from an orthopedic surgeon. I chose Dr. Johnson originally for his location, and after reading through several bios of his and other doctors, I could not be more pleased that I did. He is a very knowledgeable doctor, down to earth and personable. He went over my situation in great detail for all options. I went into surgery kind of optimistic as he said there was a 50/50 chance that he would be able to repair the tear sufficiently. He and I are very pleased with the outcome. I would definitely recommend him if you need shoulder, arm or hand surgery. Dr. Johnson will definitely be my first choice if I am in need of more shoulder attention.

August 12, 2019

Catherine D.

I have been seeing Dr. Michael Johnson for a couple of years now and trust him fully. When I went to my first appointment with him, I was impressed with the fact he listened to me and did not just dismiss what I told him about my symptoms. He was genuine and took quite a bit of time with me. He has shown great compassion when I have returned, again listening to my every word when explaining what was going on. When there was a question of whether I should have surgery on the affected shoulder or not…we discussed in detail both surgery and recuperation period. He wasn’t pushing surgery, which I admired, and suggested different ways of taking care of the problem. He also took into consideration what was happening in my life at the time and discussed in detail how I was doing. He was genuine in his concern and I could feel that warmth from him. He always gave me his complete attention when I was there and I would trust him with my life.

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