John T. Heffernan, MD For an appointment call: (253) 582-7257


  • Orthopedic


  • Hand, Wrist & Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Sports Medicine

Care Center:

Puget Sound Orthopaedics

Clinic Locations:

  • Gig Harbor
  • Lakewood


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 fellow 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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Education & Fellowship

Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Orthopedic surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Shoulder and elbow surgery, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Board certification
Board eligible, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

Surgical Facilities

Lakewood Surgery Center
St. Clare Hospital
MultiCare Allenmore Hospital