Tamara John, M.D. is an Ivy-League trained, board certified Orthopaedic hand and upper extremity surgeon. Dr. John specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of common hand/upper extremity conditions involving the fingers, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, and humerus. She is fellowship trained in orthopaedic hand and upper extremity surgery in addition to microvascular and soft tissue rearrangement. Her ultimate goal is for her patients to feel heard and comforted while striving to regain their function.
Dr. John was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and raised in Rochester, N.Y. by Caribbean parents. She grew up as a student-athlete competing in tennis tournaments nationally. Through her experiences in both academics and tennis, she developed a passion for academic excellence, mentorship, leadership, and teamwork.
Dr. John completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, playing Division I varsity tennis while majoring in biological sciences and minoring in neurobehavioral sciences. She then returned to her hometown to complete medical school at the University of Rochester. During her orthopaedic surgical residency at Yale University, she became extremely interested in the art of hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. John then completed her fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. She is honored to have trained at institutions that not only prepared her to care for complex surgical and non-surgical upper extremity conditions, but most importantly, saw value in genuinely listening to patients, and working collaboratively with patients in order to determine their most appropriate treatment plan.
Dr. John previously practiced in Atlanta, Georgia where she was regarded as one of the top hand surgeons in the area. She then transitioned to Tamarac, Florida where she started her own Upper Extremity practice. She is not only known for her surgical abilities especially in complex upper extremity cases, but she is also known for her compassion and dedication to her patients. Dr. John has trained at esteemed academic institutions and remains updated on current research and current concepts in orthopaedic surgery.
In her spare time, Dr. John still loves to play tennis and stays active in the gym. She also enjoys mentoring high school, undergraduate, and medical students, as well as residents and fellows, who are looking for guidance and preparation in their respective fields of interest.
Dr. John thoroughly enjoys caring for her patients. Her unique skillset has truly allowed her to improve the lives of so many individuals in need. This is what continues to fuel her passion for excellence—her patients.
- 2009-2013: MD University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- 2005-2009: BS Cornell University
Post-Graduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
- 2013-2018: Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven
- 2018-2019: Fellow in Hand Surgery Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- 2021:Present Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgeon TJ Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery PLLC, Tamarac FL
- 2019-2021: Hand & Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Surgeon The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Atlanta GA
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
- 2019-2021: 6 time “Rock Star Provider of the Month” Award Recipient at Kaiser Permanente
- 2016: Recipient, Adrian E. Flatt American Society of Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Scholarship
- 2016: Appointed to Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC), Yale New Haven Hospital
- 2013: Yale School of Medicine Excellent Teaching Resident Award
- 2009: Lunsford Fellowship Scholarship Recipient, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- 2007: Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athlete Award
- 2006-2009: Dean’s List, Cornell
- 2005: United States Tennis Association (USTA) Dwight Mosley Scholarship Recipient
- 2005: Key Note Speaker, US Open Tennis Championship
Memberships in Professional and Scientific Societies
- 2019: ASSH Member
- 2016: ASSH Resident Candidate Member
- 2015: Resident member, AOTrauma
- 2013: Resident Member, Yale New Haven Hospital Minority
- 2013: Resident Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- 2009: Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Leadership, Mentorship, and Work Experience
- 2016-2018: Resident Representative, Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC), Yale New Haven Hospital
- 2015-2018: Instructor, Musculoskeletal Workshops, Yale School of Medicine
- 2015: Assistant-coordinator/Instructor, Physician Assistant Orthopaedic Maneuvers Workshops, Yale School of Medicine
- 2015: Co-coordinator/Presenter, American Medical Association (AMA) Middle School Premedical Education Day
- 2011-2012: Coordinator, Student National Medical Association Annual Pre-Medical Conference, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- 2010: Coordinator/Master Instructor, Science and Technology Entry Program, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- 2010: Creator/Organizer, University of Rochester Medical Center Charity Fashion Show, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- 2009-2011: Medical Assistant, UR Well St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, University of Rochester
- 2009-2011: Mentor, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- 2009: Team Captain, Cornell University Women’s Tennis Team
- 2009: Teaching Assistant, Physics 1101/1102 Course, Cornell University
- 2008-2009: Biology Student Advisor, College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences at Cornell University
- 2004-2005: Health Talk Show Host, WDKX Radio Station, #1
hip-hop and R&B radio station, Rochester NY
- John T, Dodds SD. Acute Triangular Fibrocartilage Tears. Chapter 24. In Eltorai and Akelman, ed. Orthopaedic Hand Trauma. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer | Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (in Press 2018).
- John T, Sharkey MS. Diabetic Foot Infections. In Emergency Management of Infectious Diseases, 2nd Edition. Editor: Rachel Chin, MD. Cambridge University Press. In Press 2018.
- John T, & Carter, C.W. (in press). Medical Perspectives on Talent Development in Youth Sports. In J. Baker, S. Cobley, J. Schorer & N. Wattie (Eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Talent Identification and Development in Sport. London: Routledge. In Press 2016.
- John T, Sharkey MS. Osteomyelitis. In Emergency Management of Infectious Diseases, 2nd Edition. Editor: Rachel Chin, MD. Cambridge University Press. In Press 2015.
Articles Accepted, Submitted, or In Preparation
- Malpani R., John T S., Mercier M. R., Ottesen T. D., Nduaguba A. M., Webb M. L., & Grauer J. N. (2020). Readmissions After Distal Radius Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation: An Analysis of 11,124 Patients. JAAOS Global Research & Reviews, 4(7), e20. PMCID: PMC7384800
- Azoury SC, John T, Cheema AN, Behar BJ, Zapolsky IJ, Levin LS (2020). American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Presidential Address Themes, 1964-2018: Revisiting Our History as We Move Forward. J Hand Surg Glob Online, 2(4):246-249. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsg.2020.04.006. Epub 2020 Apr 22. PMID: 32322804
- John T, Greene J, Nicholson A, Sharkey MS. Correction of Genu Varum in a Patient with Achondroplasia using Guided Growth Technique: Case Report and Review of Literature. Conn Med. 2018. (Published)
- John T, Carter C, Sharkey MS, Nduaguba N. Current Concepts Review: Peripheral Neuropathies of the Shoulder in the Young Athlete. J Orthop. 2018. (Submitted)
- John T, Nduaguba A, Malpani R, Mercier M, Grauer J. Factors for Readmission after Open Reduction Internal Fixation Distal Radius. 2018 (In preparation).
- John T, Nduaguba A, Malpani R, Grauer J. Post-Operative Effects of Smoking after Open Reduction Internal Fixation Distal Radius Fractures. 2018. (In preparation)
- Nelson S, John T, Keggi K. Accessory Incisions in the Direct Anterior Approach to Total Hip Arthroplasty. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2017 Orthopaedic Video Theater.
- John T, Save A, Bernstein R. Non-Operative Treatment of Finger Mucous Cysts. 2017. (In preparation)
- Save A, John T, Bernstein R. The Use of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 2017. (In preparation)
- Koehler R, John T, Lawler J, Moorman C, & Nicandri G (2014). Arthroscopic Training Resources in Orthopedic Resident Education. J Knee Surg, 28(01), 067074. doi:10.1055/s-0034-1368142 (Published)
- John T, Tobis S. Laparoscopic radical nephrectomy in the robotic era: Is the robot necessary? February 2012-May 2012. Department of Urology: University of Rochester Medical Center. Advisor: Scott Tobis, MD (Abstract).
- Sharkey MS, Feinn RS, Cahill S, John T., Nduaguba A. Disproportionate Abstract Submission Rates for Women in Academic Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery: An Analysis of POSNA Abstract Submissions 2012 2015. POSNA Annual Meeting. 2017. Barcelona, Spain
- John T. Management of Distal Radius Fractures: Patient-Specific Considerations. Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT. July 29, 2016.
- John T. Use of Guided Growth in the Correction of Lower Extremity Angular Deformities. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Waterbury Hospital. January 14, 2016.
- John T. Debated topics in Orthopaedic Joint Surgery. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Waterbury Hospital. December 17, 2015.
- John T. Paget’s Disease of the Bone. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Waterbury Hospital. December 10, 2015.
- John T. Correction of Lower Extremity Coronal Plane Deformities in Children: A Case Study in a Patient with Achondroplasia. Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT. July 17, 2015.
- John T. Assessing the Arthroscopic Training Resources Utilized in Orthopaedic Resident Education. Association of the American Medical Colleges: Research in Medical Education Conference. Denver, Colorado, 2011
- Tobis S, Trivedi D, Scosyrev E, John T., Allio B, Andler R, Rashid H, Joseph J, Wu G. Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy in the Robotic Era: Is the Robot Necessary? Upstate New York Urology Resident Competition. Syracuse, New York, 2012.
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