Dr. Brett Sanders, MD

Dr. Brett Sanders, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 43
Dr. Brett Sanders, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Chattanooga, TN and has been practicing for 12 years. He graduated from University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine in 2000 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic arthroscopy, and more.Read his story

2415 McCallie Ave

Chattanooga, TN 37404

Contact Information

(423) 624-2696

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Shoulder Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
very high
more than 99% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Sanders' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sanders "Dr. Brett Sanders has subspecialty training in shoulder, sports medicine, and upper extremity surgery with a special interest in complex arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery. He has authored multiple journal articles and book chapters in the field and presented research nationally and internationally in the field of shoulder and elbow surgery. A native of Nashville, Dr. Sanders attended college at the University of Virginia, where he was the vice president of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Physics. He subsequently attended the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha, and performed an Internship in general surgery and a Residency in orthopaedic surgery, both at Emory University. While at Emory, he was elected to the AOA Leadership Conference and provided sports medicine care for Georgia Tech and professional athletes. Dr. Sanders completed fellowship training in shoulder and sports medicine at Harvard University with complementary training at the ALPS Institute in Annecy, France. He then performed a second fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Sanders ""I enjoy being part of a multifaceted team that cares so much for their patients. It's deeply rewarding to help relieve pain and restore a functional quality of life to people in their time of need." – Dr. Brett Sanders"

3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Sports Medicine

2  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

65  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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49  Procedures

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Revision Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Meniscectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Joint Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Sports Medicine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Virginia
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • Emory
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • Emory University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2000
  • AOA Emerging Leaders Council, 2005
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine, ABOS, 2009
Media & Publications
  • Tendon Transfers for Rotator Cuff Dysfunction in Cole and Sekiya, Surgical techniques of the shoulder, elbow and knee, 2006
  • Interference screw versus suture anchor fixation for subpectoral tenodesis: does it matter?, 2008
  • Biomechanical Evaluation of Locking plate Technology in proximal humerus fractures, 2007
  • Acromioclavicular injuries : diagnosis and management, 2009
  • treatment of a symptomatic forearm muscle herniation with a mesh graft, 2010
  • Severe heterotopic Ossification of the deltoid after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, 2010
  • Clinical success of biceps tenodesis with or without release of the transverse humeral ligament, 2011
  • Prevelence of saphenous nerve injury after autogenous hamstring harvest, 2007
  • anterior cruciate ligament injuries in wakeboarders: prevalence and observations on mechanism, 2012

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Sanders' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sanders to family and friends
80 total reviews (24 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (81)

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  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Sanders' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes
Dr. Sanders Says:

Thank you for taking the time to review. We appreciate all feedback as our goal is to provide the best in patient care. 


Patient Comments (24)

Dr. Sanders is very direct and professional. He knows what he is doing. 5 stars.
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Thoroughly satisfied with my care by Dr Sanders. Took the time to review options, intervention considerations and follow up. Never felt rushed through the appointment
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Outcome of my shoulder surgery was much better than anticipated!
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I went to Dr.. Sanders with a serious rotor cuff tear to my left shoulder. He explained to me in great detail what the best option would be to get me back at 100%. Six months after the surgery with plenty of physical therapy(such a great team) my shoulder feels better than it has in years. I’m able...more
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I'm 13 weeks post surgery for a torn labrum and a bicep tenodisis for a very painful shoulder and upper arm issue. Soon after surgery I was pain free, and following the prescribed rehab (great physical therapy team at CSMO) I am now ready to move on to the more active part of my recovery. Dr....more
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