Dr. Christopher Kauffman, MD

Dr. Christopher Kauffman, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
52 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Christopher Kauffman, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Nashville, TN and has been practicing for 19 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic spine surgery, and more.Read his story

Hughston Clinic Orthopaedics

394 Harding Pl Ste 200

Nashville, TN 37211
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Insurance Accepted

  • 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

See how frequently Dr. Kauffman performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

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
more than 83% of peers

Dr. Kauffman's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Kauffman's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kauffman "I was born and raised in upstate New York where I grew up on farmland. I went to Cornell University in Ithaca NY for undergraduate college and received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology. I went on to one of the New York State medical colleges in Brooklyn NY. I became interested in orthopaedics while in school and started my interest in spinal care working with a scoliosis surgeon in my elective time. While there I was active in orthopaedic research and won the Russell Hibbs award for one of the projects and papers. I attended University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark campus for Internship and residency in Orthopaedic surgery. While there I continued my interest in spinal care and worked with one of the top spinal surgeons in the US. Following residency I was selected for fellowship in Spinal Surgery at University of California, San Diego with Dr Steven Garfin. This fellowship ranks among the toughest and most prestigious in spinal surgery worldwide. Dr Garfin and his spinal care program are world renown for innovation and cutting edge care.My first post fellowship position was in practice in New Haven CT. While there I was on staff at Yale University Dept. of orthopaedics. I returned to full time academics practice at University of California San Diego the following year. I stayed there for four years as a member of the Spine and Trauma departments. While there I was faculty for the Spine Fellowship program and taught fellows and residents. The time I spent at UCSD was invaluable to my depth of knowledge and continuing education in caring for complex spinal conditions.My family and I moved to Tennessee in 2004. As my family grew we wanted to move to an area where I could have more time for family and where the lifestyle emphasized family and values. Tennessee has been very good to my family and me and we have established roots here. I look forward to continuing to be part of the Tennessee medical community."
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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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3  Specialties

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

1  Board Certifications

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

79  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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38  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 and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • 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 and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Surgery
  • 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.


  • Cornell University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1988
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
    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
20 total reviews (7 have comments)

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Dr. Kauffman's Performance

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Office & Staff Performance

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Patient Comments (7)

Dr Kauffman is awesome. Helped my husband go from not walking to walking after surgery!
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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...more
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Professional. Knowledgeable. Informs you with procedure knowledge. Follows up with patients and doesn't overcharge.
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Best spine surgeon in TN without a doubt. Cares about his patients more than any other Dr I've ever seen.
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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...more
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