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Boston Ortho and Spine Welcomes Dr. James E. Phillips and Rachel Furnas, PA

We are pleased to announce that Dr. James Phillips will be joining Boston Ortho as a new physician. Dr. Phillips is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and specializes in hip and knee replacement. 

Dr. Phillips joins Boston Ortho from Atrius. He is on staff at New England Baptist Hospital, Mount Auburn Hospital and Boston Outpatient Surgical Suites. He is one of the premier joint replacement specialists in the region and performs over 500 joint replacements on a yearly basis. 

Dr. Phillips was one of the first surgeons in the region to adopt and perform the “subvastus” approach to knee replacement surgery. This specialized technique provides access the knee joint while preserving the quadriceps muscle. The quadriceps muscle is a large muscle in the front of the thigh and is essential for knee joint function. Separating the fibers of the vastus muscles–instead of cutting through the–minimizes the damage to the surrounding tissues. The result for the patient is less postoperative pain, faster recovery, better range of motion, and better function. 

Dr. Phillips is also a pioneer of the “ABLE” anterior approach for hip replacement surgery. Unlike traditional hip replacement surgery, which involves cutting through muscles and tissues to access the hip joint, the ABLE approach involves working around the muscle. Less damage to the muscle around the hip preserves the natural attachments and function of the surrounding muscles, such as the hip flexors, quadriceps, and gluteal muscles.

The ABLE approach has been proven to result in less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, improved range of motion, and reduced risk of dislocation. Because the technique preserves the patient’s natural anatomy, it produces a more natural gait and greater stability of the hip joint over time.

Dr. Phillips is a national instructor in the ABLE approach. He teaches the technique at various courses throughout the year. 

Rachel Furnas, PA-C will be joining Dr. Phillips as his physician assistant. She brings years of clinical experience in joint replacement care to Boston Ortho. Ms. Furnas is has worked alongside Dr. Phillips as his physician extender since she started at Atrius. 

Recognized for her outstanding patient reviews and interpersonal skills, Rachel will work collaboratively with Dr. Phillips to ensure that patients receive the best possible care at Boston Ortho. Her experience with the work up, diagnosis, and non-surgical treatment of arthritic problems of the hip and knee will provide greater access to our patients. 

For appointments, please call us at (617) 738-8642 or click here.


Boston Ortho and Spine Welcomes Dr. James Sarni

Boston Orthopaedic and Spine is pleased to announce that Dr. James L. Sarni will be joining the team in January 2022.

Dr. James L. Sarni is a Diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He earned his medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC and completed his Sports Medicine fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Joint Diseases in NYC.

He has over 20 years experience in Boston treating patients with musculoskeletal pain, with an emphasis on spine related conditions.   He developed the Non Operative Spine Clinic at MGH in conjunction with leading orthopedic spine surgeons.

He is also trained in fluoroscopically guided spinal injections. His background of rehabilitation medicine; understanding of the biomechanics of the spine from working with experienced spine surgeons; and his ability to give pain relieving injections make him uniquely qualified to treat those patients who have not improved with standard physical therapy, but are not surgical candidates.

He has also worked as a Team Physician to a local college and is qualified to give certain ultrasound guided injections as well as some regenerative medicine techniques.

Learn more about Dr. Sarni by clicking here.


We’re expanding – Additional Location in Cambridge!

We’re happy to announce we are expanding! To better serve our patients’ needs, we now have two Cambridge office locations for you to choose from: 725 Concord Avenue and 300 Mt. Auburn Street. The new location details are as follows:

725 Concord Ave. Suite 3600
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 491-6766
Fax: (617) 491-2552

Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm
Friday 8am-4:30pm
By Appointment
Free Patient Parking


You can schedule or change an appointment by calling our office directly, faxing a request, or send an online request here


Services offered at this location include: Total joint evaluations, joint injections, sports medicine, and general orthopedics along with sports medicine brace fitting for knee injuries. Approved workers compensation orthopedic injuries are seen.


Dr. L. Douglas Dolgov retiring after 33 years

We would like to take this time to share the news that Dr. Dolgov will be retiring at the end of September 2022. Please join the practice in recognizing Dr. Dolgov’s accomplishments and impact over the last 33 years.

Thank you Dr. Dolgov for everything you have done throughout your career, and we wish you nothing but happiness in retirement! Read the special message from Dr. Dolgov below!

My Dear Patients and Friends!!

After 33 years of practice, I have decided to retire from practicing medicine. It has been a true honor and privilege caring for you over these many years. We have been through a lot together, I have learned so much from you, and I hope I have offered some relief from the pain and suffering many of you have experienced during our time together.  Many of you have become friends as well as patients. I will miss you and I will cherish the memories.

Boston Orthopaedic and Spine has many excellent clinicians who will be able to continue to provide you with excellent care going forward.

With Gratitude,

Dr. L. Douglas Dolgov


Boston Orthopaedic and Spine is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jinsil K. Sung to our growing team

Dr. Jinsil Sung is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and holds a Subspecialty Certification in Hand Surgery. She specializes in hand and upper extremity for both adult and pediatric patients.

Her clinical interests include both acute injuries, such as fractures and lacerations, as well as more chronic ailments, such as arthritis, Dupuytren’s disease, and nerve dysfunction.

Dr. Sung is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Orthopaedic Society, and is a member of the American Society for the Surgery of the Hand, New England Hand Society, and New England Orthopaedic Society.

She has been named Best of Boston in Hand Surgery for 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, Exceptional Women in Medicine in 2019-2021, and a Castle Connolly Top Doctor – 5 years.

Learn more about Dr. Sung here.

Please contact our office to inquire about scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sung.


Celtics’ Robert Williams III optimistic following meniscus surgery: ‘Everything went as well as we wanted it’

(via CBS News) In his first public comments since undergoing surgery on his torn left meniscus earlier this week, Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III detailed his thought process when he realized that there was something wrong with his knee during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves late last month.

“I was hurt … I was so hurt, because I knew something wasn’t right,” Williams said, via ESPN. “I could tell it was something that was gonna stop me from playing. So I really didn’t even want to find out what it was at one point. Like, at one point, I was sitting on a bench, like the end of the third, and I knew something was wrong, but I was so scared to even stand up.”

That was about all of the looking back that Williams did, though. Now that surgery is behind him, he’s looking ahead — to rehab, and to an eventual return to game action for the Celtics. He was given a 4-6 week timetable following surgery, which means that he could be back out on the court as early as the end of April.

“But, thankfully, this is out the way and we on to rehab now,” Williams III said. “Everything went as well as we wanted it, as well as it could go, and their observation is that I can be back in that time frame. Just gotta take our time, make sure it’s the right plan, make sure I’m healthy. This organization obviously cares about me long term more than anything. So just making sure it’s the right plan and I’m ready to go.”

When it comes to his rehab, Williams feels like he’s in great hands with Boston’s team doctors. “This is not my first injury that I’ve been through with the Celtics organization, and I can just honestly wholeheartedly say, every time I got to enter their care, the expertise, them zoning in on my rehab has been great and it helped me come back numerous times,” he said. “So I’ve got all the faith in the world in those guys.”

Williams is in the midst of a breakout season, so the sooner he can get back out on the floor, the better for Boston — as long as he’s healthy, obviously. On the season, Williams is averaging 10 points, 9.6 rebounds, and two assists in 29.6 minutes per performance, while also anchoring Boston’s top-ranked defense. The Celtics might be able to win a playoff series without Williams, but they’ll need him in order to make a real run at a title.


Celtics Star Robert Williams III Injury Update

BOSTON, MA – Celtics center Robert Williams III this morning underwent a successful partial left knee meniscectomy. The surgery was performed at New England Baptist Hospital by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Tony Schena, assisted by Dr. Glen Ross.

Williams III is expected to be able to return to play in approximately 4-6 weeks.