Dr. Christopher Kauffman, MD

Dr. Christopher Kauffman, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery  |  
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52 y/o
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Dr. Christopher Kauffman, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Nashville, TN. He is 52 years old and has been practicing for 24 years.

Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics

394 Harding Pl Ste 200

Nashville, TN 37211
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Baptist Health Services Group
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Community Health Network
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medicaid

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Top Care Areas

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Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 95% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 92% of peers
Back Pain
high
more than 83% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kauffman I understand the anxiety and worry that comes with having spinal problems. The mere mention of ?I?m sending you to a back surgeon? creates concern for both patients and family members. Most of us have had a family member or know someone close to us who has suffered from spinal conditions. While I am a primarily a surgeon, surgery itself is not always the best treatment for each patient. The key to proper care is diagnosis of the problem. Spinal problems are especially complex. Sometimes even with the most thorough work-up the cause of pain remains unclear. But that does not mean we should not evaluate each patient to the fullest and as an individual. My philosophy is to gather as much information as necessary for each patient to give them the best diagnosis and treatment options currently available. The phrase ?surgery is the last resort? is often heard from patients but sometimes surgery is the first and best option. That is not common but in cases of neurologic compromise surgery may be the most conservative care to preserve function. In my opinion chronic pain medications are the ?last resort? in spinal care. The majority of patients prefer return to function to medicating the problem. It is my goal to provide each patient with a thorough evaluation and treatment plan that is appropriate for the care of his or her condition.

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Board Certifications

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

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures

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Procedures

  • Arm Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection

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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.

Education

  • Cornell University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • UMDNJ
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • UMDNJ
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • University Of Ca (San Diego)
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kauffman has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kauffman's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kauffman to family and friends
3.1
based on 19 total reviews (6 with comments)
Dr. Kauffman's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    GOOD
  • Time well spent
    GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
Nashville |
Dr Kauffman is amazing. I have reoccurring neck pain and see him on occasion. He is very personable and friendly and always offers me options. He remembers me even though I dont see him often and he gives me alternatives to medicines where I feel groggy. Working in the healthcare industry I see a lot of uncaring doctors. I always leave happy after meeting with Dr. Kauffman. He is a wonderful physician.
in Lebanon, TN |
Professional. Knowledgeable. Informs you with procedure knowledge. Follows up with patients and doesn't overcharge.
in Murfreesboro TN |
Best spine surgeon in TN without a doubt. Cares about his patients more than any other Dr I've ever seen.
Beaver Dam, KY |
The first time I saw Dr Kauffman he did not examine me. I have been a Premier PT for years due to back issues. Sadly my wonderful Dr retired. But he did no research on my case. He did X-Rays and he contradicted my last readings. Said he would order an MRI, which a month later still has not been scheduled. He did order injections BUT they were for the wrong area and diagnosis (which was clearly n my record because i had received them before)! He didn't listen or follow up on anything!
Nashville, TN |
Dr. Kauffman took a lot of time with me and my family. He went over the x-rays, MRI and helped explain what was going on with models. We found him to be caring and compassionate. Didn't just try to go right to surgery. We have had to wait a bit but when you see the time he takes with each patient its understandable. definitely recommend highly!
Nashville, TN |
Dr. Kauffman misled me regarding expected recovery time.
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Kauffman accepts 20 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Baptist Health Services Group
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    LocalPlus
    Open Access Plus
  • Cigna-HealthSpring
  • Community Health Network
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • NovaNet
  • PHCS
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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Tristar Hendersonville Medical Center
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Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center
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University Medical Center
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Lebanon, TN 37087
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