John T. Heffernan, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Hand Surgery, Shoulder and Elbow Orthopedic Surgery

Shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Accepting New Patients
  • Virtual Visits Available


John T. Heffernan, MD, is fellowship trained in all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery and has extensive training in sports medicine surgery. His interests include arthroscopy of the shoulder and elbow, rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability, shoulder and elbow reconstruction, fracture care of the upper extremity, ligament reconstruction of the knee, and knee replacements. He is a Candidate Member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and serves as a reviewer for their Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

During his medical training, Dr. Heffernan volunteered his time providing medical care as a sideline team physician for high school football teams of New Orleans, worked as an assistant team physician for Columbia University Athletics and assisted with the medical care of the New York Yankees and New York City FC (MLS). As a former varsity collegiate athlete in swimming, Dr. Heffernan is passionate about getting athletes of all ages back to their best performance.

Dr. Heffernan is passionate about his work as an orthopedic surgeon and getting his patients back to their highest quality of life and activity. He believes that providing outstanding orthopedic care starts first with listening carefully to his patients.

Dr. Heffernan is a fifth-generation native of the Puget Sound region and is proud to return home and take care of the people of his community. He and his wife, who is also a physician, are avid downhill skiers and enjoy cycling, hiking, being on the water, and spending time with their family.

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Specializing in:

  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Shoulder and Elbow Orthopedic Surgery


Care Center

1724 W. Union Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98405-2099

(253) 752-1160


Care Center

2727 Hollycroft Street Suite #410
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 358-4015


Care Center

7308 Bridgeport Way W. Suite 201
Lakewood, WA 98499-8000

(253) 582-1617



Program: MD
Institution: Tulane University School of Medicine

Program: Residency
Institution: Tulane University School of Medicine

Program: Fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Institution: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Program: Board Certified
Institution: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

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