Shoulder Care

At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, our shoulder specialists offer advanced nonsurgical and surgical techniques to treat all conditions and injuries that affect your shoulder.

Our team offers treatment options ranging from physical therapy to minimally invasive procedures like shoulder arthroscopy. Our surgeons also perform more complex surgical procedures such as total shoulder replacement and reverse total shoulder replacement. You can feel confident that no matter what your age or injury, we have the expertise to relieve your pain and help you regain function in your shoulder.

Shoulder Care: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Recognized expertise. We are ranked among the top orthopedics programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is ranked the #1 adult hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville.
  • Highly skilled, experienced doctors and therapists. Our fellowship-trained surgeons have received extensive training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries. Our specialists perform more shoulder replacement surgeries than anyone else in Tennessee, making them uniquely skilled to offer you the best possible care. Our physical therapists also specialize in the treatment of shoulder disorders. 
  • International experts on shoulder care. Not only do our experts teach future orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and physical therapists, they also are engaged on the national and international level to define the standard of care for shoulder treatment.
  • Advancing research in shoulder treatment. Our team is at the forefront of shoulder care research. As founders of the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network, our surgeons lead national studies researching innovative care options for shoulder instability (dislocation), rotator cuff injuries and shoulder replacement surgery. Our research collaboration with surgeons across the country means we offer you access to the latest, proven treatment and therapy options available.
  • Trusted by professional, collegiate and high school athletes. We are the official healthcare provider for the Nashville Predators, the Nashville Sounds, Nashville Soccer ClubVanderbilt athletics and the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. You can expect to receive the same level of care we provide to our professional, collegiate and high school athletes.

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  • Expert second opinions: Our team provides second opinions to help you make informed and confident decisions about your shoulder care. We take your medical history, diagnostic tests, treatments and personal preferences into account to provide you with an educated opinion.
  • Convenient locations: Our team offers care at several locations in Middle Tennessee, where you’ll find the same level of high-quality care at each location. At Vanderbilt Orthopaedics After-Hours Clinic, we offer prompt and urgent walk-in care for unexpected injuries – no appointment necessary.

Conditions We Treat

Many conditions and injuries can affect your bones and joints, as well as your shoulder’s connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments. We treat all conditions and injuries of the shoulder from the most common to the most complex, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Ligament and tendon injury or damage
  • Rotator cuff disease
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder dislocation instability
  • Shoulder labral tears
  • Sports injuries
  • Sternoclavicular joint disorders
  • Work-related shoulder injury

Treatments We Offer

Every shoulder injury is unique and requires a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your goals for mobility and activity. Our team will assess and treat all aspects of your shoulder care, including:

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Complex shoulder revisions
  • Open shoulder surgery
  • Reverse shoulder replacement
  • Rotator cuff surgery
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery)


Vanderbilt Orthopaedics
Medical Center East, South Tower
1215 21st Ave. S., Suite 4200
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 936-7846
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Vanderbilt Orthopaedics Franklin
206 Bedford Way
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 790-3290
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Vanderbilt Orthopaedics After-Hours Clinic offers walk-in care Monday-Saturday for injuries or conditions that require immediate attention. Walk-in care is available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays.

Vanderbilt Surgery Center

This clinic is an outpatient department of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

225 Bedford Way
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 599-3883
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Shoulder Care Team

For Referring Physicians

To refer a patient to the Vanderbilt Orthopaedics team, call (615) 936-7846.