Meet Our Team

The faculty at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt is a dedicated group of clinician scientist educators, covering all nine surgical disciplines of orthopaedic surgery.

We stand out by providing true sub-specialization and expert patient care. The Vanderbilt University Medical Center provides all subspecialty divisions — and we internally refer patients, so they receive care from experts of their condition. 

Our faculty is diverse in age and talents with concentrations including, clinical outcomes medicine, translational applications of laboratory bench research, teaching and expertise in public health or administration. 


Department Leadership

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt is led by:

Rick W. Wright, MD
Dan Spengler, MD Professor and Chair
Division of Sports Medicine

Gregory G. Polkowski, MD, MSc
Associate Professor
Division Chief, Adult Reconstruction
Fellowship Director, Adult Reconstruction
Executive Medical Director, Orthopaedic Patient Care Center

Mary Duvanich, R.N., M.S., MMHC 
Chief Business Officer, Orthopaedic Patient Care Center

Shellian Elliott, MS, MMHC, Administrative Director, Orthopaedic Patient Care Center


We are Leaders

Our faculty play active roles in the continuing medical education of their peers in the United States and abroad. They’re leaders, serving as presidents of these groups:

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association 
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society 

Division Faculty

Our faculty share a commitment to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s tradition of inquiry. Every member works to learn more, help as many people as possible and educate the future leaders of medicine.

Foot and Ankle

Our Foot and Ankle faculty are:

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Hand and Upper Extremity

Our Hand and Upper Extremity faculty includes:

  • Douglas R. Weikert, MD
    Associate Professor
    Chief, Division of Hand & Upper Extremity
    Medical Director, Vanderbilt Health Belle Meade
  • Mihir Jitendra Desai, MD, MS
    Associate Professor, Division of Hand & Upper Extremity
    Medical Director, Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Franklin
  • Donald H. Lee, MD
    Professor, Division of Hand & Upper Extremity
    Fellowship Director, Hand & Upper Extremity
  • Jed Maslow, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Hand & Upper Extremity
  • Vincent Novak, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Hand & Upper Extremity

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Adult Reconstruction 

Our Adult Reconstruction faculty are:

  • Gregory G. Polkowski, MD, MSc
    Associate Professor
    Division Chief, Adult Reconstruction
    Fellowship Director, Adult Reconstruction
    Executive Medical Director, Orthopaedic Patient Care Center
  • Stephen M. Engstrom, MD
    Associate Professor, Division of Adult Reconstruction
    Medical Director, VUMC Inpatient Orthopaedic Unit
  • Andrew A. Shinar, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Adult Reconstruction

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Orthopaedic Oncology

Meet our Orthopaedic Oncology faculty:

  • Ginger E. Holt, MD
    Professor and Vice Chair of Education
    Chief, Division of  Musculoskeletal Oncology
    Professor, Division of Radiology                                      
    Director, Orthopaedic Residency Program
  • Jennifer L. Halpern, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Joshua M. Lawrenz, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Herbert S. Schwartz, MD, FACS
    Professor & Past Chair Orthopaedic Surgery
    Division of Orthopaedic Oncology

Orthopaedic Trauma

Our Orthopaedic Trauma faculty includes: 

  • Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC
    Professor
    Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma
    Medical Director, Center for Trauma, Burn and Emergency Surgery
  • Robert H. Boyce, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • William T. Obremskey, MD, MPH, MMHC
    Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma
    Director, Orthopaedic Trauma Research
    Fellowship Director, Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship
    VUMC Executive Medical Director,
    Technology Assessment and Product Acquisition
    Vanderbilt Center for Musculoskeletal Research
  • Phillip M. Mitchell, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma
    Director of Medical Student Education, Orthopaedic Surgery Residenency Program
  • Manish Sethi, MD
    Associate Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Daniel J. Stinner, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Andrew Tyler, MD, PhD
  • Greer Mahoney Henry, MS, PA-C
  • Melissa K. Lasater, ACNP, MSN

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Pediatric Orthopaedics

Our Pediatric Orthopaedic faculty are:

  • Gregory A. Mencio, MD
    Neil E. Green Professor and Vice Chair
    Chief, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
    Fellowship Director, Pediatric Orthopaedics Fellowship Program
  • Kevin M. Dale, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • David S. Ebenezer, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
    Trauma Program Liaison
  • Craig Louer, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Jeffrey E. Martus, MD
    Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Jonathan Schoenecker, MD, PhD
    Jeffrey W. Mast Chair in Orthopaedics Trauma and Hip Surgery
    Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics
    Director, Innovation and Education Office of the Surgeon in Chief

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Research

Meet our Research faculty:

  • Kristin Archer, PhD, DPT
    Professor and Vice Chair of Research,
    Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,                   
    Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research,                                                          
    Research Director, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Rogelio A. Coronado, PT, PhD
    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Matthew Duvernay, PhD
    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    and Pharmacology
  • Helen Koudelkova
    Research Programs Manager-- VOCR Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Clinical Research
  • Stephanie Moore, PhD
    Research Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (Vanderbilt Translational Orthopaedics)
  • Jeffry S. Nyman, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Research Associate Professor,  Biomedical Engineering
  • Jacquelyn Pennings, PhD, PStat®
    Research Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    and Medicine, Health & Society
  • Laura Huston Withrow, MS
    Co-Director of Sports Medicine Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Spine

Our Spine faculty includes:

  • Byron F. Stephens, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Division Chief, Orthopaedic Spine
    Associate Director, Orthopaedic Residency Program
    Co-Director, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship
  • Amir A. Abtahi, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Spine
    Co-Director, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship
  • Raymond J. Gardocki, MD
    Associate Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Spine
  • Narendra K. Singh, MD
    Associate Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Spine

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Sports Medicine

Our Sports Medicine faculty are:

  • John E. (Jed) Kuhn, MD, MS
    Kenneth D. Schermerhorn Professor
    Chief, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Eric N. Bowman, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Charles L. Cox, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
    Fellowship Director, Sports Medicine Surgical Fellowship
  • Alex B. Diamond, DO, MPH, FAAP, CAQSM
    Associate Professor, Division of Sports Medicine and Pediatrics
    Director, Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS)
  • R. Warne Fitch, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Andrew J. M. Gregory, MD, FAAP, FACSM, FAMSSM
    Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
    Fellowship Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
    Co-Director, Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center Professor of  Pediatrics
    Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Gene Hannah, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
    Medical Director, Vanderbilt Orthopedic Institute Fitness Center
    Assistant Fellowship Director, Vanderbilt Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • Paul Rummo, DO
    Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Leon Scott, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Jaron P. Sullivan, MD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Rick W. Wright, MD
    Dan Spengler, MD Professor and Chair
    Division of Sports Medicine

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