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John Tokish, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Phoenix, AZ, Mayo Clinic Hospital


Orthopaedic Surgery Phoenix, AZ

Orthopedic Sports Medicine


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  • John M. Tokish, M.D. is an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Arizona, where he performs arthroscopic shoulder, elbow and knee surgery. His interests include shoulder instability, rotator cuff pathology, biceps pathology and throwing shoulder as well as shoulder arthroplasty. Dr. Tokish also has a significant interest in knee ligament reconstruction, meniscus treatment, cartilage restoration techniques, complex knee disorders, chondral preservation surgery and is active in the area of orthobiologics. Dr. Tokish earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and completed his residency at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He completed an Orthopedics Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado, and then returned to the US Air Force Academy where he was Chief of Sports Medicine and head Team Physician. His military service included 2 deployments and he finished as the Orthopedic Residency Director at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. Dr. Tokish then became part of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas where he was the research director and Fellowship Director. He joined the Mayo Clinic in 2017, and is currently a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Director, and the team Orthopedic Consultant for the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. He has over 100 peer reviewed publications, has authored more than 40 book chapters, and given over 350 national /international presentations in the field of sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction . His research includes NIH and PCORI funded grants in the area of orthobiologics and rotator cuff reconstruction. Mayo Clinic Arizona is ranked #1 in Arizona by U.S. News & World Report.

Education & Training

  • Steadman Hawkins ClinicFellowship, Sports Medicine, 2000 - 2001
  • University of Arizona
    University of ArizonaResidency, Orthopedic Surgery, 1995 - 2000
  • University of Washington
    University of WashingtonClass of 1995

Certifications & Licensure

  • AZ State Medical License
    AZ State Medical License 2017 - 2023
  • SC State Medical License
    SC State Medical License 2014 - 2019
  • CO State Medical License
    CO State Medical License 2000 - 2015
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Press Mentions

  • 13 Orthopedic Surgeons Win AOSSM Research Grants Featured
    13 Orthopedic Surgeons Win AOSSM Research Grants FeaturedFebruary 13th, 2016
  • Dr. Brian Cole Presenting at AOSSM & AAOS Meeting — 4 Facts
    Dr. Brian Cole Presenting at AOSSM & AAOS Meeting — 4 FactsFebruary 13th, 2016
  • Autograft vs Allograft ACL Reconstruction
    Autograft vs Allograft ACL ReconstructionFebruary 12th, 2016

Hospital Affiliations