John Edward Kuhn, MD, MS is the Kenneth D. Schermerhorn Professor of Orthopedics in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, where he serves as the Chief of Shoulder Surgery, and the Director of Vanderbilt Sports Medicine, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A forest biology graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, his medical training began at the University of Michigan in 1984 after completing a Master's degree in ecology. After graduating in 1988, Dr. Kuhn continued with the University of Michigan for residency training in Orthopaedics. He then completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. In 1994 Dr. Kuhn returned to the University of Michigan as faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2003, he was recruited to Vanderbilt to help develop the Sports Medicine Division of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and serve as the Chief of Shoulder Surgery. Dr. Kuhn's area of expertise is the shoulder. Dr. Kuhn's practice includes the operative and nonoperative treatment of shoulder disorders. He averages nearly 370 shoulder surgeries and 3,200 clinic visits per year. He is the highest volume shoulder replacement surgeon in Tennessee. He is an expert in nonoperative treatment of shoulder disorders, including rotator cuff tears, and shoulder trouble in athletes. He is a tertiary referral destination for patients with failed surgery or complex disorders of the shoulder including scapular disorders, and sternoclavicular joint problems. Dr. Kuhn created the MOON Shoulder Group-a collaborative effort of 27 surgeons and multiple research personnel, at 12 sites across the United States . This group conducts large multi-center studies investigating shoulder problems. The first series of investigations studied the nonoperative treatment of rotator cuff tears, and produced 14 peer-reviewed manuscripts. The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons recognized this work by awarding Dr. Kuhn the Charles S. Neer Award in 2011 and 2013. Dr. Kuhn has over 80 peer -reviewed publications, 30 non-peer reviewed publications, 34 orthopaedic textbook chapters, and is an editor of two text books. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Dr. Kuhn has taught and mentored Vanderbilt University medical students, residents in orthopaedics, and has overseen the training of 12 fellows during his tenure at Vanderbilt. The mission of this fellowship is to prepare individuals for a career in academic sports medicine. To date, 80% of the fellows he has trained have careers in academics where they are advancing the field of sports medicine, and are serving as mentors to future surgeon-scientists. He is recognized as one of America's Top Doctors by US News and World Report, one of the Best Doctors in the USA by Best Doctors Inc., and as one of America's Top Orthopaedists by the Consumer Research Council. He has received the Five Star Service Award by scoring in the top 10% nationally for quality for the past eight years. He is recognized as one of Nashville's Best Doctors by The Nashville Business Journal and Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. He has served as a team physician for Vanderbilt Athletics, the Nashville Sounds, and is currently the Head Team Physician for the Nashville Predators Hockey Club.
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