Renowned, Board-Certified Boston Orthopedic Surgeons Excel at Caring for Patients with Joint Pain and Muscle Problems
Our highly skilled team of orthopedic surgeons, non-operative sports medicine and rehabilitation specialists, physician assistants, nurses, rheumatologists, athletic trainers, and therapists work together to ensure every orthopedic patient receives individualized treatment plans and the highest quality of care available.
Physical therapy is an important part of a patient’s recovery after an orthopedic injury. Our orthopedic team works with every patient to ensure they receive the appropriate ongoing support in their rehabilitation. St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center has its own Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Program located near our Brighton campus.
Thomas J. Gill, MDSports Medicine, Orthopedics, Bone & Joint
Dr. Gill is the chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, and professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In recent years, he has served as medical director for the Boston Red Sox, head team physician for the New England Patriots, team physician for the Boston Bruins and medical director of Boston Ballet. Dr. Gill has authored more than 170 scientific articles and book chapters on injuries involving the knee and shoulder, and has written books on complications of shoulder surgery and techniques of knee arthroscopy.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Gill completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program. He completed the Maurice Muller Fellowship in reconstructive surgery in Bern, Switzerland and a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado.
Jonathan Cluett, MDOrthopedics, Joint Replacement
Dr. Cluett is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement. He earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Dr. Cluett completed a five-year residency in orthopedic surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC, followed by a sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship with the Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group in California.
Charles Day, MDOrthopedics, Hand, Wrist and Elbow
Dr. Day is the chief of Orthopedic Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery and the director of the Boston Orthopedic Hand Center at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. He is board certified in both orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. Dr. Day has garnered national and international recognition from his participation in the prestigious American, British, Canadian traveling fellowship on behalf of the American Orthopedic Association and also the Sterling Bunnell traveling fellowship on behalf of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand. He has published more than 70 scientific peer-reviewed papers on numerous clinical conditions of the hand and wrist. Dr. Day also co-chaired the national ACGME Milestones committee for Hand Surgery. Throughout the years, he has been named one of the Boston Magazine’s Top Docs in Hand Surgery.
Dr. Day was a Rabkin Medical Education Fellow at the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he completed a fellowship in orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Day completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Stanford University, earned his medical degree from the University of California in San Francisco and MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Diane M. English, MDGeneral Orthopedics, Sports Medicine
Dr. English is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, she completed her residency at Tufts-New England Medical Center and training at the University of Colorado Medical College. She has served as head team physician for Boston College.
Jennifer Luz, MDSports Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Fellowship trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine, Dr. Luz takes a non-surgical approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal sports conditions. She focuses on treating the whole patient to prevent injury, improve performance and enhance overall health for child and adult athletes of all skill levels. Dr. Luz specializes in ultrasound-guided diagnostics, utilizing in-office imaging to diagnose a variety of joint, muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries and also specializes in ultrasound-guided procedures to treat these conditions. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Harvard Medical School PM&R program, and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard Medical School Sports Medicine program. She is a Clinical Instructor of Orthopedics at Tufts University School of Medicine and is Assistant Team Physician for the Boston Cannons. Dr. Luz is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.
James Sarni, MDSports Medicine, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy
Dr. Sarni is a board-certified physiatrist specializing in spine care, sports medicine, arthritis care, fluoroscopic spinal injections, and rehabilitation. Prior to joining St. Elizabeth's, he founded the Spine Center at Massachusetts General Hospital where he worked for 16 years. Dr. Sarni earned his medical degree at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Hospital for Joint Disease in New York and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Sarni has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and in the Department of Orthopedics at Tufts University School of Medicine and as a clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School.
Hans Van Lancker, MDOrthopedics, Trauma
Dr. Van Lancker is the chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Service at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is an accomplished orthopedic trauma surgeon with experience at two Level I trauma centers, as well as a teacher and researcher. Dr. Van Lancker completed the Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and performed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Canada. He earned his medical degree from the Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where he was in an eight-year early acceptance combined medical and undergraduate program. Dr. Van Lancker is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Matthew Werger, MDOrthopedics, Joint Replacement
Dr. Werger is chief of Arthroplasty/Joint Replacement Service at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship-trained in hip and knee replacement. Dr. Werger has a particular interest in primary and revision joint replacement procedures. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He then completed a fellowship in Hip and Knee Reconstruction at Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa. He has additional specialty training in robotic- and computer-assisted joint replacement surgery and established the leading robotic surgery program in orthopedic surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Dr. Werger uses the minimally-invasive, muscle-sparing anterior approach for hip replacements to return patients more quickly back to their active lives.
After completing his residency in 2012, Dr. Werger joined the Air Force as an orthopedic surgeon and served overseas in South Korea and Germany. He holds an academic appointment with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Werger has authored numerous orthopedic articles in leading journals, and he lectures both locally and internationally. He is actively involved in research to improve patient care and outcomes.
Elspeth (Elly) Hart, PA-C, ATC
Elspeth (Elly) Hart, PA-C, ATC is a physician assistant and member of the Sports Medicine Service at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center where she has established the Clinic for Injured Gymnasts. She was a Region VI level 10 Junior Olympic competitor and gymnast in Massachusetts and was recruited for Division I gymnastics at James Madison University in Virginia. At James Madison, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine and became a certified athletic trainer. Elly attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science where she received a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. While employed at Boston Children’s Hospital as a physician assistant in sports medicine she started the hospital's first injured gymnast clinic. She serves as a consultant to USA Gymnastics.