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Dr. Tierney is an Orthopedic Surgeon who serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Tierney is fellowship trained and a Staff physician in Sports Medicine at New England Baptist Hospital. Dr. Tierney currently serves as medical director for Greater Boston Orthopedic Center. Dr. Tierney’s specialties include the arthroscopic treatment of shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle surgery, total knee replacements and Occupational Medicine. With a primary interest in shoulder reconstruction he has over 10 years experience in the research and arthroscopic treatment of rotator cuff tears and instability of the shoulder.
Dr. Tierney is active in stem cell research in repairing cartilage in arthritic joints and in the treatment and prevention of arthritis via a holistic approach.
Dr. Tierney has been treating Occupational (workman’s compensation) injuries for over nine years and brings a “Professional Athlete’s care” approach to the treatment of the “industrial athletes” injury. This includes a rapid diagnosis and treatment so as to return the worker to a better than pre injury status.
Dr. Tierney serves as the team physician for Westwood High School and is active in USA Gymnastics.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Tierney is a great doctor - he is brilliant and very kind and compassionate!
He's a surgeon who's not afraid to counsel you away from surgery. He knows his stuff and is such a joint geek he can, and loves to, explain the details of what is going on inside your joints and how it all works, and what the options are. Very personable and very friendly.
I found that he explains things well - from the X-Ray and during the exam.
Excellent demeanor. Created a rapport with my young daughter. Good explanations and details related to the injury were provided. No unnecessary tests or restrictions imposed. Realistic and appropriate treatment plan imposed. Office staff was pleasant. A very positive experience!
Great doctor. Very knowledgeable and down to earth. Took a good look at my MRI and recommended solid treatment. Highly Recommend!
Dr. Tierney is a down to earth guy who explains the diagnosis simply and in a way that makes sense. Within the first 15 minutes, I felt like I had known Dr. Tierney for years. He made me feel very comfortable and I felt comfortable talking to him. Highly recommend him! JF
Wait time wasn't long, had to do x-ray and return to waiting srea.
Wouldn't go anywhere else. The detail that he gives and the "straight shooting" description of the problem is VERY well received.
Dr.Tierny is straight to the point...great Doctor in my opinion, easy to discuss topics with and you get a clear concise answer.
I think he is very thorough, with excellent bedside manner. He listens to you and examines you to make sure he understands what you are trying to describe. He gave me three possibilities as to why I am still suffering pain 11 months after surgery. I real,y like him so much.
He's an awesome doctor
He was very pleasant and straight forward. Staff was ver nice!!
An honest man who is focused on the health and well being of the patient---the surgery option is the last option. He makes every effort to get his patients well by using exercise& stretching, physical therapy, and changing the patients life style so a healthier regime can be implemented.
Pleasantly surprised with no waiting today.
Follow up, the best orthopedic surgeon around
He had a diagnosis for me before he evaluated my foot.
My appointment was for 10am. I had an x-ray done with their office pretty much right away and I was back in the regular waiting room by 10:35am. Another woman with a 10am appointment complained around 11am and they took her in within 5 minutes of complaining. A woman who showed up at 11 for an 11am appointment was seen before me, I'm guessing because she complained about having to bring one of her children to school. (Great, I don't have kids, so I get to waste my whole morning in the doctors office). And yes, she was seeing the same doctor as I was (I know sometimes people get confused with different doctors). By the time I made it into a room it was 12:15pm. The doctor apologized for the wait. He then just rambled on about his teachings and how different things are done now than when my surgery was done 16 or so years ago. He did eventually get to the point and tell me what my options are for my pain but it was just a lot of wasted time on my part. I will not go back here. I did not particularly enjoy him. The entire staff was very nice and friendly but I would consider them unprofessional due to how they appease complaining patients and put them before others.
Straight to the point, fast, knowledgeable and very helpful!
Dr Tierney did surgery on my knee years ago. But now, when we went in for problems my daughter and I were both having, he was very high-handed, abusive to my daughter, although he did diagnose her correctly when no one else had, but not at all helpful about my pain problems.
Had to travel a distance to be seen and arrived early for my appointment, Completed the registration paperwork in a few minutes and was in a patient room an hour before my appointment. Dr. Tierney spent time explaining my situation as seen on the MRI and answered all my questions. I am scheduled for PT to work on getting better and am pleased with the entire experience. I was back on the road headed home before my scheduled appointment time had even arrived
He did a great job of explaining exactly what was going on in my knee without being the slightest bit condescending - a rarity in my experience! I'll definitely be returning to Dr. Tierney if my condition calls for it. I highly recommend him!
Always a pleasure. Very knowledgeable and personable.
He is fantastic!!!
The wait was long but i understood that the doctor had just gotten back from Vacation and I had to get xray's done. He was great and was able to diagnose me right away which was helpful! His staff was very courteous as well.
Dr. Tierney was very friendly and professional.
The visit was good minus the wait time. The doctor is very informed and helpful, but the wait time was very frustrating.
I spent in the office couple of hours for the small question I had about my finger: 1. The waiting line for check-in was huge although I came before scheduled time. 2. They sent me to make an X-Ray, where I spent long time waiting again in line. 3. I spent in the doctor's office only couple of minutes after long almost 2 hours waiting while he told me that he can't help me and I need to see somebody else.
Great doctor, provides excellent service and is straight to the point.
Not super helpful
Dr. Tierney made me feel as though I did not matter at all. His bedside manner is one of a quick in an out...he did not listen to me, kept interrupting and telling me how things were, no input from me necessary. The girls in the office were fantastic and I thought I would have a great visit. He changed all that. I will not return though I need to. I will have to find another doctor. I went to him because the Hospital was recommended to me and I looked for a doctor with his profile: not too old, not too young, with good experience. I shall have to get a recommendation next time. That way of picking a good doctor did not work at all. I am sad I wanted it to work out. My recommendation to Dr. Tierney: you need to make patients feel like their ailment is importan. You need to take the time and you should never even make jokes about having to get going. You don´t have a professional manner, you have a mid- 20th- Cent.- Mad- Men- style. It is not appealing for 21st. Cent. patients. You are young enough that you shall stay around a bit. You truly need to change. 21st. Cent. manners are more caring, more of working WITH the patient, and the doctor should make the patient feel as though they are a real human being and not a number.
This was the first time in the recent past that I only waited 5 minutes! I've had to wait for him for over 30 minutes in the past.
Waited an hour for the appt. and then he was more concerned with my daughters posture than her knee! My daughter felt extremely uncomfortable and I felt that he was unprofessional with his responses.
Dr Tierney ROCKS...He is the best, he tells it like it is..Great sense of humor ..
John Tierney is the ultimate diagnostician and surgeon. He tells it like it is and takes great pride showing you why he has come to his conclusion through the MRI's. I always feel like I am his only patient as he never rushes you.
It was informative and helpful and I always feel like I'm on the right track with him. Dr. Tierney is very positive and upbeat, tho at times I think he's in denial that I'm close to 65.
Dr. Tierney is an amazing doctor! My whole family sees him for various reasons - two of us have had surgery as well. He is very intelligent and kind!
John Tierney is extremely educated in his field. I like him as a doctor and surgeon which is why I returned to him.
Dr. Tierney is a very good Doctor who is funny, enjoyable to talk with, and will explain everything you need to know.
My condition started almost ten years and two surgeries ago. If I had gone to see Dr. Tierney from the beginning, I likely wouldn't need another surgery now. He was thorough and precise. I'm glad I now have an answer.
He spent a lot of time explaining the MRI in a way I could understand.
Very impressed and direct.
Very efficient office/staff. Dr. Tierney offered a thorough explanation of the diagnosis.
Dr. Tierney is highly professional. The shot that he made for my knee was absolutely painless. He displayed my MRI results on the screen and explained my problem very patiently. I would recommend him to my friend.
very knowledge and professional. Took time to explain all avenues and address all issues ,questions. Staff was very polite and knowledge.
Dr. Tierney was really patient and made sure that understood his diagnosis and the way forward. He has a great sense of humor to boot! The staff is extremely friendly as well!