Dr. John Shufflebarger, MD

Dr. John Shufflebarger, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 57
Dr. John Shufflebarger, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Worcester, MA and has been practicing for 31 years. He graduated from Wv Univ Sch Of Med in 1987 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery and orthopedic surgery.Read his story

123 Summer St # 290

Worcester, MA 01608

Contact Information

(508) 852-0600

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • MultiPlan
  • Tufts Health Plan

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Top Care Areas

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Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
very high
more than 93% of peers
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
very high
more than 92% of peers
Elbow Injuries
very high
more than 92% of peers

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Dr. Shufflebarger's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Shufflebarger "Dr. John Shufflebarger enjoys the challenge of being an orthopedic hand surgeon and loves the fact that he gets to help people each day. "It's very rewarding to be able to make such a big impact on people's everyday lives," he explains. "The majority of people I treat have a pretty significant recovery in the use of their hands. In fact, we are able to get major function back in 95 to 98% of the people we see here." According to Dr. Shufflebarger, physical therapy is a very important part of people's recovery from hand surgery. "That's why people have to be motivated and able to do their rehab. They have to be able to sacrifice and be able to tolerate some pain in order to get function back. It's tough, but the majority of people do pretty well. People have to understand that therapy can be difficult but it really pays off in the long run. Fortunately, we have some really good therapists here in our Orthopedics department." Some of the typical problems that Dr. Shufflebarger sees patients for are broken wrists, carpal tunnel releases, tendinitis, congenital deformities, lumps and bumps, contractures, nerve compression, soft tissue injuries, and infections. Whatever the treatment required, he enjoys building close relationships with his patients. "I like to be really thorough and give patients a good treatment plan and follow it through until it's successful. I feel that once I see a patient for a problem that problem becomes mine and I will work as hard as I can until that problem goes away." Although he has practiced at other health care organizations, Dr. Shufflebarger now feels very at home here with Reliant. "I like the way Reliant's medical system runs. It's really efficient and up-to-date – and I think it delivers a superior brand of medical care. We also have a great relationship with the hospital here, which helps us provide top-notch surgical care." In his spare time Dr. Shufflebarger enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and children. He also likes to travel and garden. Originally from West Virginia, his father worked for the Southern Railroad and he has enjoyed model trains as a hobby for most of his life."
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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*

63  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Tumor
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Hidradenitis
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Skin Cancer
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture
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25  Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Skin Grafts
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Massachusetts.

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.


  • Wv Univ Sch Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Pa State University
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Pa State University
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Mass
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Kleinert Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Shufflebarger has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Shufflebarger's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Shufflebarger to family and friends
10 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (10)

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  • 2
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Dr. Shufflebarger's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

About 16 years ago I was in a bad car accident on 290 with a bunch of friends on Labor Day. My face and head had sustained serious injury. I believe it was about six hours of sugery but Dr. Shufflebarger put me back together. He met with me for months after for laser surgery to remove tattoo...more
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I have been referred by my physician to see this physician and was told I would hear from this office. It has been like five weeks and no call. You can call and leave message after message and be told they will call you back and it never happens. Very poor patient oriented
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Not fully satisfied. Doctor Shufflebarger performed my operation for an injury I suffered at work. The operation went well, but the recovery was not as fast as he wanted it, so he just basically told me that he could not longer help me or see me because in his opinion I had reached maximum medical...more
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