John M. Blair Jr., MD For an appointment call: 253.582.7257


  • Orthopedic


  • Spine

Care Center:

Puget Sound Orthopaedics

Clinic Locations:

  • Gig Harbor
  • Lakewood
  • Tacoma

John M. Blair, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon with a specialty in the treatment of degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine. His professional interests focus on outpatient minimally invasive spinal surgery resulting in the least possible amount of down time, early return to work and active lifestyles for his patients. He treats a wide range of spinal conditions with expertise in deformative spinal conditions, such as scoliosis, and major reconstructive spine surgery.

Dr. Blair believes that his role as a physician is to understand each patient’s individual needs and personalize treatment. A practicing surgeon since 1994, he has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of spinal surgery. He is also constantly learning new and innovative skills to better serve his patients.

He gives community lectures on new innovations in spinal care and is an active member of the Puget Sound Spine Interest Group, a local group that meets quarterly with guest speakers. He is also a member of an annual medical mission group. He and his wife have six children. In addition to family time, he enjoys computers, photography, and outdoor activities. He is an Eagle Scout and currently helps out with his son’s local Boy Scouts troop.

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Education & Fellowship

BA, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, with Distinctions in all Subjects, Phi Beta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa
MD, University of Chicago, Illinois

Orthopaedic surgery, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
UCSD Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Anatomy Award (resident with highest OITE score in anatomy)

Spine and scoliosis, John H. Moe Spine Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Board certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member, North American Spine Society
Member, Pierce County Medical Association
Member, Tacoma Orthopedic Society

Surgical Facilities

Lakewood Surgery Center
Franciscan Health System
MultiCare Health System