Dr. Brett Sanders, MD

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Dr. Brett Sanders, MD
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.

2415 McCallie Ave

Chattanooga, TN 37404

Contact Information

(423) 624-2696

Dr. Brett Sanders, MD

Dr. Brett Sanders, MD

Accepted insurance

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

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Care Philosophy

"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
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Dr. Sanders' Experience

Dr. Sanders' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Arthroscopy
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • 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
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • 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
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures


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  • 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
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Revision Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • 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 Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Sports Medicine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • 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

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Dr. Sanders' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sanders to family and friends
based on 71 total reviews (21 with comments)
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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
Patient Comments (21)
in Chattanooga, TN |
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 to sleep on my left side which I haven’t done in years, it such a complete change then what I had got accustom to for years. I’m so thankful for Dr. Sanders and I would absolutely reccommend him.
in Chattanooga, TN |
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. Sanders and the support team definitely over delivered in my experience. Highly recommended!
Very impressed with Dr. Sanders. Very knowledgeable and professional. The took his time with us and answered all of our questions.
in Chickamauga,Ga. |
After years of pain in my left and right shoulder 's ,due to botch surgery's and taking over the counter medication, and prescription meds ,I was to point of not being able to dress my self ,I met MY HERO,Dr. Brett Sanders ,he is to the point and his caring manner is so unlike any orthopedic Dr. I have ever met ,I had the left & right shoulder repaired this year ,now I am taking care of my self ,THANK YOU LORD, FOR SENDING ME TO DR. SANDERS ,
Signal Mountain, TN |
Had a great visit with Dr. Sanders, knowledgeable, listens well and it is obvious he has great experience. I would like to suggest the Centre for Sport Med upgrade their method for collecting patient information. I spent 10 minutes filling in paperwork, like 'are you married', where do you work, have you had surgery befre, etc When the nurse attended to me she asked me all the same questions again from scratch, entering my answers into their system. Not a big deal at all. Service great otherws
Chattanooga, TN |
Dr. Sanders worked with me to figure out the extent of the injury I sustained and the best treatment for me.
Rossville, GA |
Mr. Sanders done and exceptionally great job with my surgery. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
in Cleveland TN |
Dr. Sanders is a very knowledgeable and professional.
in Chattanooga, TN |
Dr Sanders was professional and personable. My wait to see him was short and his examination was thorough.
in Chattanooga, TN |
My experience regarding my shoulder with Dr. Sanders has been excellent. Check his training and patient success rate and you will find him in the top 3 in Chattanooga. Each patient interacts differently with their Dr., and although he is very "matter of fact" about things, he is genuinely committed to solving your problem. Patients have to do more homework about the treatment and be prepared with questions - overloaded Dr.s can't read your mind so do your homework and ask questions, he'll answer
Chattanooga, TN |
I initially saw Dr. Sanders after a traumatic shoulder injury. He was very conservative with my treatment plan, and didn't rush me to have surgery. After 5 weeks of physical therapy I decided with Dr. Sanders that I needed surgery. I am on week 7 of post op Physical therapy, and my surgical experience has been much easier than expected. I think Dr. Sanders is an excellent surgeon and would highly recommend him.
Charleston, TN |
Visited with Dr. Sanders, I would not recommend him as he didn't not listen, pay attention to my needs, quickly left room. He wasn't in the room for 3 minutes, I still know nothing more than when I came to Center for sports medicines . Waited 1 hour in the waiting room, paid $175.00 for 3 minutes of his time . Waste of my time .
hixson, tn |
Dr Sanders and his staff were amazing . Dr Sanders is such an amazingDr.
in Soddy Daisy, TN |
Dr Sanders was able to diagnose and correct a bicep issue that had left me in constant pain. Six weeks post surgery, and I havent experienced pain like that since. Best quality of care I have ever experienced.
in Cleveland, TN |
10 days since my surgery and my results have been awesome. Would definitely recommend Dr. Sanders!
in Chattanooga, TN |
Dr. Sanders, who was highly recommended by my physical therapist daughter's colleagues in Chattanooga, performed my rotator cuff surgery 3 months ago and I have not had any problems. My entire experience from surgery to recovery has been excellent and I could not have chosen a better doctor. I was also very fortunate to have worked with an outstanding physical therapist at the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics:)
Thank you for taking the time to review us, Meg.
in Flat Rock, AL |
Drilled hole for the ACL repair in the wrong location - twice. Had to get a third ACL repair by a different surgeon, one who actually knew what they were doing. Dr. Sanders needs a different occupation.
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in Chattanooga, TN |
Dr. Sanders is knowledgeable, but his bedside manner is lacking. While I was able to ask questions and I felt good with the information I gained, I never felt welcome. He seemed rushed and annoyed. My husband was there and felt the same way, although Dr. Sanders never acknowledged his presence :) If I did need surgery I probably wouldn't go to him, even though he is likely quite competent.
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in Chattanooga, TN |
Had shoulder replacement several years ago that had become unstable and he did a reverse replacement with better results than I ever dreamed possible regaining almost full range of motion.
Thank you for taking the time to review us, Martha.
in Chattanooga, TN |
This guy is careless in his work and careless towards his patients. I suffered from an infection and a poorly healed injury as a result.
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Chattanooga, TN |
Sanders is a capable surgeon, but has an atrocious bedside manner. He comes across as rude and uncaring. Communication is poor. He did not advise my wife that she would be unable to drive for six weeks, nor would she have physical therapy 2x weekly. His only comments about post-operative care was that she would be in a sling for 4 weeks. Poor communicator.
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