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Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Franklin expands staff, adds pediatric services

Aug. 6, 2018, 9:39 AM

Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Franklin has expanded its staff with 20 new providers and added pediatric services.

The clinic, located at 206 Bedford Way, has also extended its after-hours clinic, offering the convenience of seeing a provider without an appointment from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

“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. “For the convenience of Williamson County and surrounding counties’ residents, it is possible to see same day experts who only care for specific orthopaedic subspecialties such as hand, sports medicine, spine, hip-knee joint preservation, arthritis and muscle-joint-bone problems unique to children and adolescents. The practice of evidence-based medicine and documented quality outcomes are now an everyday experience.”

Gregory Mencio, MD, leads the clinic’s new pediatric orthopaedics division. Because their skeletons are growing and dynamically changing, children are not just small adults, Mencio noted. Their orthopaedic problems are different and often demand nuanced approaches to treatment. 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.

“Our pediatric orthopaedic providers have extensive training and years of experience in treating orthopaedic problems from newborn through teenage years,” said Mencio, the Neil E. Green, MD, Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt. “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. From broken bones and sports injuries to the most complex orthopaedic conditions, our team can provide children with the region’s most advanced musculoskeletal care in an easily accessible, family-friendly environment.”

Another new clinic at Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Franklin is the Hip Preservation Clinic. It offers patients 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 staffing the Franklin clinic include 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.

Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Franklin has more providers on staff and a wider range of specialists than any other orthopaedic clinic in Williamson County. To make an appointment or learn more, call 615-790-3290.

The complete list of providers includes:

  • 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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