Massachusetts General Hospital

Harry E. Rubash, MD

Harry E. Rubash, M.D.

Edith M. Ashley Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School

2012-13 Chief's Report

Foot & Ankle Service

The Foot and Ankle Service continues to be extremely busy and is one of the fastest growing divisions in the Department. Dr. A. Holly Johnson continues to serve as Interim Division Director while the search for a new Division Chief continues. Drs. Johnson’s and Kwon’s busy practices continue to cover patients with a variety of foot and ankle issues including complex congenital and post-traumatic deformity, trauma, sports injuries, posterior tibial tendon insufficiency, arthritis, and forefoot deformity. Dr. Johnson holds clinics in Boston, as well as MGH satellite sites including MGH-Northshore and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Dr. Kwon practices solely at MGH Boston. His research continues to be a focus, while he publishes clinical and translational studies related to foot and ankle orthopaedic trauma and outcomes.


Julia Kurker, the Service’s Nurse Practitioner, is a valuable adjunct, helping the doctors deliver comprehensive care to all of the patients. In addition to working alongside the physicians, she is leading her own clinics, offering initial non-operative care to our patients and following some post-operative patients as well.


The first MGH Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Fellow started in August. This one-year fellowship offers a broad exposure to all clinical and operative aspects of foot and ankle orthopaedic problems as well as research opportunities within the Department.


Groundbreaking will soon take place for the Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Center in Waltham, adjacent to MGH West. This Center will offer a multidisciplinary approach to our most complex patients in one location. Hallmarks of this new Center will be Podiatry, Physiatry, Physical Therapy, a shoe store and many other features will be. The search for a new chief of the Foot and Ankle Service is nearly complete. I will update you all in next year’s report.

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