Dr. Chad Smalley, MD

Dr. Chad Smalley, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 43
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Dr. Chad Smalley, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Chattanooga, TN. He is 43 years old and has been practicing for 17 years. Read his story

2415 McCallie Ave

Chattanooga, TN 37404

Contact Information

(423) 624-2696

Insurance Accepted

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

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Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
very high
more than 99% of peers
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Rotator Cuff Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Smalley's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Smalley "A native of Oak Ridge, Chad Smalley was a three-sport letterman at Centre College in Kentucky, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Smalley attended University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and graduated with Highest Honors in 2000. A five-year residency in orthopaedics took him to West Virginia University, where he trained at a Level 1 Trauma Center, while serving as chief resident and receiving the Resident Teacher of the Year Award in 2005. Dr. Smalley is fellowship-trained in knee and shoulder arthroscopy and sports medicine having completed an additional year of training in San Francisco while serving as a team doctor for the San Francisco Giants. It was also in San Francisco where Dr. Smalley received his specialty training in reverse total shoulder replacement, an innovative technique not performed in the Chattanooga region prior to his arrival. In addition to attending to the needs of his patients and the demands of a full time practice, Dr. Smalley provides regular consulting advice to several of the orthopaedic industry leaders. As a well respected surgeon, he has been asked to be a part of the research and design team for multiple arthroscopic devices and innovative instrumentation for the reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. In the relatively short period of time since he joined Center for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, Dr. Smalley has been recruited to be part of an elite team of US fellowship trained arthroscopic specialists. As a result, he maintains multiple international certifications to practice orthopaedic surgery outside of the United States and is involved with several international projects both teaching foreign physicians as well as providing care to the local and expatriate populations abroad. Dr. Smalley currently serves as Chief of Orthopaedics with Memorial Healthcare System, is a member of the Medical Executive Committee, and sits on the Board of Memorial Mission Surgery Center. He maintains an active seat on the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee of Memorial Healthcare System. As a board-certified orthopaedist specializing in shoulder and knee arthroscopy and sports medicine, Dr. Smalley is delighted to be taking care of patients in his home state along side his well respected colleagues at the Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Smalley ""My training in arthroscopy and sports medicine has prepared me to work with some of this area's best and brightest athletes; however, it has also prepared me to work with patients who come to the Center with some of the most severe injuries imaginable. Working together, we get our patients back on the playing field and back into daily routines – and both are equally important." – Dr. Chad Smalley"


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Ligament Tears
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscal Cyst
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Muscle Strain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Separation
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Cartilage Treatment
  • Knee Debridement
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Resurfacing
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Meniscectomy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • 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 Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • 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.


  • Centre College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • University Of Tennessee Health Science Center College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • West Virginia University Hospitals-Ruby Memorial
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2001
  • Orthopaedic Residency
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Sportsmed / Complex Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy / Shoulder Replacement
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Oak Ridge High School
    Other Education | Completed 1992

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Smalley's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Smalley to family and friends
based on 65 total reviews (13 with comments)
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Dr. Smalley's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (13)
in Chattanooga, TN |
I would highly recommend Dr.Smalley to anyone I come in contact with.He is not only a Great doctor,he is caring,he is concerned,and he treat you like someone.Thanks Dr.Smalley for being a great Dr.and friend.
Dalton, GA |
Thoroughly reviewed my case, anticipated questions and concerns. Offered options for care and let me decide my course. Helpful with insurance restrictions, highly articulate and knowledgeable. Comforting manner, great with joint injection.
in Chattanooga, TN |
Dr. Smalley is very professional and knowledgeable he takes time to answer all your questions .He is to the point and makes sure you understand all the explanations he has. He’s a great doctor take it from this nurse!...and patient!
in Chattanooga, TN |
The fact that Dr. Smalley actually listens to his patients is comforting. He has a no n nonsense approach to patient care and recovery.i would use him for any surgical procedure, fully trusting.
Professional PERSONABLE and easy to understand.
Sevierville, TN |
I have been to Dr. Smalley for my knee and now my shoulder. I always receive excellent care. He also did my husband's meniscus surgery. He personally followed up with him that day to see how he was doing at home. I would highly recommend Dr. Smalley.
in Ringgold, GA |
Best shoulder doctor in Chattanooga as far as I know. Love him, wish he did necks
Rossville, GA |
Dr. Smalley repaired/replaced my right shoulder in 2/14 - being an older person, I thought it best to wait until some time past to determine the success of this procedure. After surgery and rehab, I have gained 90 - 95 percent of movement and strength in appx 3 - 6 months, with no pain. After approximately, 3 years I can witness to the fact, the man knows how to do what he's trained to do. He was very professional, as was his staff. - THANKS DOC
in Flintstone, GA |
A friend recommended Dr. Smalley. He was as perfect as perfect could be for an orthopedic surgeon. Timely, honest, and did everything he promised. I would highly recommend him.
in Chattanooga, TN |
Dr. Smalley performed a rotator cuff repair on me about 7 weeks ago. Prior to surgery I heard all kinds of horror stories about the pain, the nausea, the problems, etc. from the nurses in the hospital. I had very little pain, no nausea, and no problems. Physical therapists have told me how lucky I've been and how well my shoulder was responding. They told me it's because I had a great doctor. I agree and happily recommend Dr. Smalley to anyone needing shoulder surgery.
in Chattanooga, TN |
Very good experience. Had left shoulder surgery. HE is kind, compassionate, and highly skilled.
Thank you for taking the time to review us, Cora.
in Chattanooga, TN |
Excellent physician. Excellent listener and easy to talk with. Extremely well organized. Clinical skills are exceptionally outstanding. After doing detailed research, he was my first choice and he exceeded all of my expectations. He diagnosed and repaired my torn rotator cuff and bicep muscle. Supported by a very pleasant staff.
Thank you for taking the time to review us.
in Signal Mountain, TN |
I highly recommend Dr. Smalley for shoulder surgery. I had surgery on both my shoulders and could not be happier with both procedures. July 2015 Dr. Smalley did a Rotator Cuff Repair on my right shoulder. I followed his instructions with the guidance of my physical therapist and have had a remarkable recovery. Jan. 2016 Dr. Smalley did a Total Shoulder Replacement on my left. I am 5 weeks post-op. The pain has been very minimal with both procedures, much less than before surgery.
Thank you for taking the time to review us, Jo Ann.
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Dr. Smalley accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare

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Hospitals where Dr. Smalley has admitting privileges

Parkridge Medical Center
2333 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
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Memorial Hospital
2525 Desales Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37404
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