Toby R. Johnson, M.D.

Specializing in Disorders of the Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, and Hand, Including Arthroscopy and Fracture Care
Average Rating: 5 (5 reviews)

Dr. Toby R. Johnson is a native to the Central Valley, moving to Fresno as an infant. After graduating from Bullard High School, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his bachelor of science degree in business administration. He briefly worked as an analyst before deciding to pursue a career in medicine.

Dr. Johnson moved to New York to earn a degree in medicine at Cornell University Medical College. An internship brought him to San Francisco, California, where he completed a year of general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Following his year in San Francisco, he became a resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami. Following his orthopaedic training in Florida, Dr. Johnson moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and completed a one year fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Allegheny General Hospital.

Dr. Johnson returned to Fresno in 2005, became board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2007, and also received a Certificate of Added Qualification for Hand Surgery in 2009. He is still accepting new patients and specializes in disorders of the upper extremity—hand, elbow, and shoulder.

Dr. Johnson, Dr. Tanner and Dr. Majors are the hand surgeons for the Fresno State Bulldogs, The Fresno Pacific Sunbirds, and the Fresno City Rams.  Dr. Tanner personally attends to the Fresno State men’s basketball team.

Visit Dr. Tanner at the Savemart Center sitting behind the basket on the Fresno State side! Dr. Johnson attends to the Fresno State men's baseball team.

Dr. Johnson, Dr. Tanner and Dr. Majors utilize a team approach to care for a variety of throwing and upper extremity athletic injuries, combining diagnostic imaging, surgical intervention, and outstanding on-site athletic training and physical therapy.

Dr. Johnson and his wife, Michele, live in Fresno with their three children and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including biking and skiing.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling his office at (559) 256-1514.

Education, Training, and Affiliations

  • Medical Degree, Cornell University Medical College
  • Internship, General Surgery, University of California
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Miami
  • Fellowship, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Allegheny General Hospital
  • Member, California Orthopaedic Association
  • Board-Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Candidate Member, American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Patient Reviews

"Fell and broke arm. Repair and therapy gave me use of my arm again. Everyone was very professional, supportive and helpful in therapy. The addition of new exercises was timely. All questions were answered completely and courageously. Thanks for the use of my arm again." -- Marilyn R. 

"Dr. Johnson is a very good doctor he goes step-by-step what he's going to do what I should expect after my surgery." – David C. 

"I had surgery for trigger finger and the entire procedure was a positive experience. I healed very fast and the entire staff was very helpful and made the experience as pleasant as possible. Very professional and caring. The entire process was very streamlined." – Deana W.  

"The service is great. Doctors, nurses, and any other personnel make the patients feel important by giving us their undivided attention. I am blessed to have been referred to this office for my medical care." – Dionisio S.

"Excellent treatment from office staff to OR nurses through Dr. Toby Johnson." – Brent E. 

"Any of the doctors or their assistants that I have seen over the years, have been knowledgeable, friendly, and courteous. They have explained many things to me concerning my problems. As of now, I would not and will not see any other orthopedic office here in Fresno." -- Doris P.

"My visits to the offices have been good experiences. Doctors are very professional, each taking time to look me in the eyes while talking to me. They explain things so that I understand what is going on. The staff is helpful and friendly." -- Margie C.

"Dr. Tanner has been treating problem with my hands. First my left hand was numb in three fingers including my thumb. He did surgery on my hand, which was very successful. I later developed trigger fingers, one on each hand, and he treated them with injections, which was also successful. In the meantime, I had developed MAJOR pain in my right shoulder and asked him to help me. He called in Dr. Johnson. Dr. Johnson gave me an injection in my shoulder and prescribed some therapy, which I am doing at this time. The pain has disappeared from my shoulder. Both doctors have been very caring and I feel that I have had absolutely great care from both. The treatment is on going but I am confident that I will continue to receive the kind of care that that Sierra Pacific Orthopedics is known for." -- Barbara W.

"I have had the pleasure of being treated by Dr. Dunklin, Dr. Ghazal, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Hanson, and Dr. Glaser for fractures in various places. My surgeries included two for a torn meniscus, one external fixator for fracture of arm and wrist.  Six months ago, I fractured my ankle and foot, which meant spending three months in a boot.  Two weeks ago, I fractured my fibula, ankle and foot again.  I am going to undergo a complete shoulder replacement as soon as I recover.  I am eighty-four years old and trip a lot. All of the treatment and surgeries have been such a pleasant experience by caring and sensitive physicians.

The surgery wing is the best. They have kind and gentle nurses with lovely surroundings that made my stay enjoyable. I sent candy to the staff after my surgery because they were so special. I was apprehensive and fearful but they knew how to comfort me. We are so blessed to have such skilled orthopedist right here in Fresno. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude." -- Ruth P.

"The staff was very pleasant and infomative.  The surgery went very well." --Jeffrey H.


1630 East Herndon, Fresno, CA 93720