Joseph T. Johnson, MD


Joined 2002

Dr. Johnson was first drawn to specialize in foot and ankle surgery when he was a surgical technician specializing in orthopedics and also as an orthopedic resident. There were few orthopedist specializing in this area and he wanted to fill this void to give patients the option of a specialist in their foot and ankle care.

Joseph T. Johnson, MD

To accomplish this he was trained by 2 of the founders of orthopedic foot and ankle surgery, Doctors Lamar Fleming and John Gould. During fellowship he gained insights into the significant complexities found in foot and ankle function and pathologies. He then joined Athens Orthopedic Clinic as the first fully fellowship trained foot and ankle orthopedist in the Athens area.

Through the years he has maintained a busy clinical practice, staying on the cutting edge of his specialty. He performed the first ankle replacements in the Athens area. He was the first in the region to perform arthroscopic treatment of Haglund’s Syndrome of the heel. He is a reliable referral source for Orthopedic Surgeons and Foot and Ankle Surgeons in the Southeast.

Dr. Johnson and the foot and ankle team have a goal to be the premiere resource for all your needs in resolving pain and disability of your foot and ankle pathology. Their depth of knowledge and experience of foot and ankle injuries and painful deformities allow them to give the best treatment available in the region. We strive to relieve your pain and return you to function as quickly as possible.


Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia
Bachelor of Science, Biology

Medical School

Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia
Doctor of Medicine


Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia
Orthopedic Surgery Residency


Foot and Ankle Fellowship with Lamar Fleming MD
Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, Georgia
8/2001- 1/2002

Foot and Ankle Fellowship with John Gould MD
Alabama Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center; Birmingham, Alabama

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

Crawford Long County Medical Society

Medical Association of Georgia

AOA Medical Honor Society

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society

Southern Orthopedic Association

American Sports Medicine Institute

Robert P. Kelly Orthopedic Society

Georgia Orthopedic Society


State of Georgia Medical License
1997- present

State of Alabama Medical License

Research / Publications
  • Seiler, III JG, Johnson JT: Iliac Crest Autogenous Bone Grafting: Donor Site Complications. Southern Orthopedic Journal, 9, No. 2: 91-97, 2000
  • Johnson JT, Labib SA, Fowler: Intramedullary screw fixation of the fifth metatarsal: an anatomic study and improved technique. Foot Ankle Int, 2004 Apr; 25(4): 274-7
  • Treatment of Fixed Deformities of the Distal Interphalangeal and Proximal Interphalangeal Joints of the Lesser Toes. Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery. 3(2): 100-105, June 2004
Honors / Awards

Mortar Board Senior Honor Society
Cum Laude Graduate
Georgia State University, 1991

AOA Medical Honor Society
Cum Laude Graduate
Emory University School of Medicine, 1996

Bert L. and Emory B Hammack Scholarship
Awarded to a single 2nd year medical student for excellence in academics.
Emory University, 1994

Joseph B. Whitehead Surgery Scholarship
Awarded to students who have excelled academically and have a strong interest in a surgical career
Emory University, 1995

Professional Appointments

Orthopedic Surgeon
Athens Orthopedic Clinic
Athens, Georgia
2002 – present

Assistant Professor
Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Grady Memorial Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia

Surgical Technician, Specializing in Orthopedic Surgery
Piedmont Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia

Surgical First Assistant to John C. Garrett MD
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Surgical Technician Specializing in Orthopedic Surgery
Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia

Professional Affiliations

Board Member, Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
2005- Present
Recertification 2015

Continued Education

Athens Regional Medical Center- Chief of Orthopedics
2006, 2008-2010

Athens Regional Medical Center- Secretary of Medical Staff

Athens Regional Medical Center-President Elect Medical Staff

Athens Regional Medical Center – President Medical Staff
2016- present

Saint Mary’s Hospital PPEC Committee member
2012- present

Crawford Long County Medical Society- Vice President

Crawford Long County Medical Society- President

GRU/UGA Medical Partnership- Clinical Instructor
2012- present

University of Georgia Athletics Department Medical Consultant for injuries of the Foot and Ankle
2004 to present

Emory University School of Medicine

Assistant Professor Department of Orthopedics


“Radiographic Analysis of Radial Head Fractures”
Robert P. Kelly Orthopedic Society Meeting
Emory University School of Medicine

“Fractures of the Talus”
Orthopedic Grand Rounds
Emory University School of Medicine

“Radiographic Analysis of Radial Head Fractures”
Southern Orthopedic Society, Fall Meeting

“Intramedullary Screw Fixation of the Fifth Metatarsal: An Anatomic Study and Improved Technique”
Robert P. Kelly Orthopedic Society Meeting
Emory University School of Medicine

“The Persistently Painful Sprained Ankle’
Orthopedic Grand Rounds
Emory University School of Medicine

“Ankle Reconstruction for Instability”
Southern Orthopedic Foot Club Meeting
University of South Alabama
Perdido Beach, Alabama

“Arthroscopic Treatment of Heel Pain”
Annual Meeting, Georgia Orthopedic Society
Sea Island, Georgia

“New Techniques in the treatment of Insertional Achilles Tendonosis”
Annual Meeting, Georgia Orthopedic Society
Sea Island, Georgia

Military Service

United States Navy

Hospital Corpsman

Hospital Affiliations

Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center
Piedmont Walton Hospital
St. Mary’s Hospital
Northridge Medical Center
Athens Orthopedic Surgery Center, Athens
Athens Orthopedic Surgery Center, Loganville

Athens Orthopedic Clinic

1765 Old West Broad St. Bldg. 2, Ste. 200,
Athens, Georgia 30606

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