Dr. Tierney’s care philosophy is to provide personalized attention to every patient, taking time to listen and understand their unique situation and medical needs so that he can provide compassionate and comprehensive care. Dr. Tierney strives to provide high-quality, patient-oriented care with minimally invasive techniques.

Fellowship-trained in Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgery and interventional endoscopy, Joshua S. Tierney, MD, performs a broad spectrum of complex upper gastrointestinal surgery and endoscopy. His main interest is in the treatment of pancreatic diseases such as pancreatic malignancy, cystic neoplasms, and acute/chronic pancreatitis. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, completed his residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University, and his fellowship at the University of Louisville. During his schooling, he earned numerous awards and accolades, including membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. In his free time, Dr. Tierney enjoys being with his family as well as partaking in numerous outdoor activities such as trail running, mountain biking, and fly fishing.


Qualifications and experience

Cancers, Cancers - Biliary Cancer, Cancers - Cancer Surgery, Cancers - Colorectal Cancer, Cancers - Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver), Cancers - Living with Cancer, Cancers - Pancreatic Cancer, Colon and Rectal Surgery, Complex General Surgical Oncology, Digestive System - Biliary Surgery, Digestive System - Gastrointestinal Surgery, Digestive System - Hernia, Digestive System - Pancreas Surgery, Digestive System - Surgical Endoscopy, Digestive System - Therapeutic Endoscopy, Emergency Care, Endocrine System (Hormones) - Adrenal Diseases, Endocrine System (Hormones) - Endocrine Cancer (Parathyroid, Adrenal, Carcinoid), Endocrine System (Hormones) - Pancreatitis, Endocrine System (Hormones) - Thyroid Cancer, Endocrine System (Hormones) - Thyroid Disease, Endocrine System - Adrenal Diseases, Failed Prior Surgery, Surgery, Surgery - Laparoscopic Surgery, Surgery - Major Liver Surgery (Hepatobiliary), Surgery - Robotic Surgery, Surgery - Trauma and Acute Care, Surgical Critical Care
Languages spoken
Bachelor of Science
Purdue University (2006)

Doctor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine (2011)

Clinical interest for patients

Pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cysts


Biliary disease, strictures, choledocolithiasis

Biliary reconstruction

Reflux, peptic ulcers, esophageal motility disorders

Gastroparesis, upper GI functional disorders


Interventional endoscopy with ERCP

Minimally invasive surgery

Trauma and general surgery

Research interest for patients

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic denervation



Surgical workforce issues