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New physician spotlight: Joel “Trey” Bradley III

Aug. 18, 2020, 2:09 PM

Joel “Trey” Bradley III, MD, has joined the Vanderbilt University Medical Center surgical faculty after practicing as a general surgeon at Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville, Tennessee. He began seeing patients July 1.

Joel “Trey” Bradley III, MD

“Dr. Bradley is a great addition to our growing general surgery program,” said Tim Geiger, MD, MMHC, chief of the Division of General Surgery. “He is not only an excellent general surgeon, he is also an experienced hernia expert who trained at one of the top-notch hernia fellowship programs in the nation. His knowledge and expertise will help us grow our hernia program and offer the highest level of care in the region.”

Bradley’s clinical interests include abdominal wall reconstruction, hernia (inguinal, ventral, incisional, flank and epigastric), biliary disease/gallbladder, diaphragmatic hernia, and sports hernia/athletic pubalgia. His research interests include patient outcomes after hernia repair, quality of life related to hernias, minimally invasive surgical techniques, robotics in surgery, biology of hernia and hernia device implants.

“It is great to be back in Middle Tennessee to provide care for hernia patients,” Bradley said. “Treating patients at VUMC is an incredible opportunity and allows me to provide excellent care to hernia patients with the ability to treat very complex patients with simple or complex hernia.”

Bradley graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Memphis, where he also completed graduate studies in science and business. He earned a medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Bradley completed his residency and internship at University of South Carolina/Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina. He completed a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bradley is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Southeastern Surgical Congress. He is also a member of the Americas Hernia Society and the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Bradley is an American College of Surgeons Fellow. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery.

Patients can be referred to Bradley by calling the Vanderbilt General Surgery Clinic, 615-322-2063.

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