Dr. John Blair, MD

Dr. John Blair, MD

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery  |  
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54 y/o
(28)

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Dr. John Blair, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery doctor who practices in Tacoma, WA. He is 54 years old and has been practicing for 28 years. Read his story

Puget Sound Orthopaedics

1724 W Union Ave Ste 100

Tacoma, WA 98405
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CHAMPVA
  • First Choice Health
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare

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Top Care Areas

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Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 99% of peers
Neck Muscle Strain
very high
more than 98% of peers

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Dr. Blair's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Blair "My role as a physician is to understand each patient's individual needs and personalize treatment. I have over thirteen years of experience in all aspects of spinal surgery and I am constantly learning new and innovative skills to better serve my patients."

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
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Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy

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Procedures

  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Washington.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Cornell Univ
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • University of Chicago
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Ucsd Med Ctr
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • University Ca San Diego Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1994
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Blair has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Blair's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Blair to family and friends
3.8
based on 28 total reviews (4 with comments)
Dr. Blair's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    VERY GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (4)
Kingston, WA |
Great doctor. I had him do my surgery last year. Very happy with the results.
Tacoma, WA |
I used to like Dr. Blair. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that he did my surgery (microdiscectomy/laminectomy), but the post operative care was terrible. I'm five months post op and I feel like he gave up on me two months after. He kept saying "oh nothing is wrong" when in reality my tissue is inflamed. I'm in more pain than before. Last thing he said to me was "come back before school starts". Yeah, I won't be coming back.
Gig Harbor, WA |
I had surgery by Dr. Blair in December. It was a laminectomy. I could hardly walk. The surgery has given me my life back. I am now walking regularly over five miles a day. I can't thank him enough!
Tacoma WA |
He is a very conscientious surgeon. One area that needs to be addressed is his need to ensure that he and his PA communicate frequently with the patient. I often felt I was left in the dark but when I met with him one on one, communication and clarity was good.
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Hospitals where Dr. Blair has admitting privileges

St. Joseph Medical Center
1717 S J St
Tacoma, WA 98405
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MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital
315 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
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