Vanderbilt beefs up Bone & Joint staff following departures to new practice


Vanderbilt beefs up Bone & Joint staff following departures to new practice

Following the departure of 13 of the 20 doctors at Vanderbilt Bone & Joint Franklin, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has re-staffed the clinic with 20 new providers, extended its hours and added pediatric services.

“Vanderbilt Orthopaedics has now brought its brand of nationally recognized specialists in  musculoskeletal care from downtown Nashville to Franklin directly,” said Herb Schwartz, MD, the Dan Spengler, MD, Professor and Chair of Orthopaedics, in announcing the new services.

This past December, a number of physicians from Vanderbilt Bone and Joint announced that they were resigning from the clinic to begin co-developing the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee along with Williamson Medical Center. The new practice opened in March in temporary quarters on the Williamson Medical Center campus, and in April construction began on a $40 million home for the Institute.

The Franklin Bone and Joint Clinic was founded in 1979 by the late Dr. Craig Ferrell. Vanderbilt purchased the practice in 2009.

Vanderbilt’s new staff includes experts in orthopaedic subspecialties such as hand, sports medicine, spine, hip-knee joint preservation, arthritis and muscle-joint-bone problems unique to children and adolescents. Vanderbilt Bone and Joint also is offering an after-hours clinic at the 206 Bedford Way facility where it is possible to see a provider without an appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Gregory Mencio, MD, the Neil E. Green, MD, Professor and Chair of Pediatric Orthopaedics at
Vanderbilt, leads the clinic’s new pediatric orthopaedics division.

“Our pediatric orthopaedic providers have extensive training and years of experience in treating orthopaedic problems from newborn through teenage years,” Mencio said.

Pediatric orthopaedists treat both complex musculoskeletal problems in children, such as congenital bone deformities, clubfeet, hip disorders, scoliosis and other spinal deformities, as well as more common conditions like sprains, strains, fractures and sports injuries.

“The pediatric orthopaedic clinic at Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Franklin has on-site X-rays, casting services and full access to all of the resources at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital,” Mencio said.

Another new clinic at Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Franklin is the Hip Preservation Clinic, offering a unique care model in which pediatric and adult reconstructive surgeons collaborate to avoid or delay a total hip replacement.

The spine program at Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Franklin, led by Byron Stephens,
MD, brings a team approach to care.

“We are a comprehensive spine care clinic,” Stephens said. “What I mean by that is I work alongside our physiatrists and our physical therapists to provide the full spectrum of spine care, starting with conservative care all the way to surgery.”

The team physician of the Nashville Predators, John “Jed” Kuhn, MD, treats patients with shoulder injuries. He is the director of Sports Medicine and the Kenneth Schermerhorn Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

Others on the staff are Andrew Gregory, MD, who served as team physician for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Paul Rummo, DO, another physician for the Nashville Predators, and Warne Fitch, MD, the head team physician for Vanderbilt Athletics.
Douglas Weikert, MD, one of the nation’s top hand surgeons, who has repaired the hand injuries of professional athletes, also staffs the Franklin clinic.

All providers who see patients coming to the clinic without appointments for sudden injuries and other orthopaedic ailments are board-certified emergency medicine physicians.

To make an appointment or learn more, call 615-790-3290.

The complete list of providers is as follows:
 Doug Weikert, MD, hand and upper extremity
 Paul Rummo, MD, sports medicine general
 James Fiechtl, MD, sports medicine general
 Daniel Enworth, ACNP, sports medicine general and hand
 Michael Eagle, PA, sports medicine general and total joints
 Byron Stephens, MD, spine surgery
 Vanessa Lo, P.A.C, spine
 Molly Muecke, FNP, spine
 Kirby Deeter, DPM, podiatry
 David Trenner, DPM, podiatry
 Kevin Dabrowski, MD, sports and emergency medicine
 Gregory Polkowski, MD, total joint reconstruction
 Mihir Desai, MD, hand and upper extremity surgery
 Megan Johnson, MD, pediatric orthopaedic surgery
 Gregory Mencio, MD, pediatric orthopaedic surgery
 Andrew Gregory, MD, pediatric orthopaedics
 Andrea Bracikowski, MD, pediatric orthopaedics

 John “Jed” Kuhn, MD, sports medicine and upper extremity surgery
 Byron Schneider, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation
 Vincent Novak, MD, hand, upper extremity and orthopaedic general surgery
 Jaron Sullivan, MD, sports medicine surgery
 Charlie Cox, MD, sports medicine surgery
 Wesley Thayer, PhD, MD, plastic surgery
 Warne Fitch, MD, sports and emergency medicine
 Jenna Walters, MD, anesthesiology and pain medicine
 Stephen Engstrom, MD, total joint replacement and hip preservation
 Eric Bowman, MD, sports medicine surgery
 David Ebenezer, MD, pediatric orthopaedic surgery

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