Dr. John Kuhn, MD

Dr. John Kuhn, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 57
Dr. John Kuhn, MD is an orthopedic shoulder & elbow surgery specialist in Nashville, TN and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1988 and specializes in orthopedic shoulder & elbow surgery and sports medicine.Read his story

1215 21st Ave South MCE - South Tower, Suite 3200

Nashville, TN 37232

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  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care of Illinois
  • Coventry Health Care of Missouri
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
very high
more than 99% of peers
Shoulder Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
Joint Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Kuhn's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kuhn " 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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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

2  Board Certifications

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

64  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
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29  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Excision of Humerus
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

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.


  • Syracuse University, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • University of Michigan Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1988
  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • University of Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Steadman Hawkins Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • University of Michigan, MS
    Other Education | Completed 1983

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Kuhn has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Kuhn's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kuhn to family and friends
32 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (32)

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Dr. Kuhn's Performance

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  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

I have had 7 shoulder surgeries , 1 total replacement. My left one is now extremely painful so I needed the BEST Orthopedic surgeon! I arrived for my appointment and waited no more than 5 minutes ( time enough to fill out my paperwork). After my xray ( 10 minutes)I was back in my room . Dr Kuhn's...more
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I previously had six shoulder dislocations and one previous surgery. Doctor Kuhn was very professional and helpful in diagnosing what was causing the continual dislocations and providing a solution to fix the problem. Two weeks post op I zero pain and feel much better than I did four weeks post op...more
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I was having significant pain in my shoulder and numbness. Some additional x-rays images along with my MRI and we sat down to discuss my issue. He advised me my shoulder was fine for a 58 year old man, but it looked like I had a severe Bursa attack. He recommended 6-weeks of physical therapy to...more
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Dr. Kuhn is a wonderful doctor and surgeon.
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He took a chance on me I had had 5 prior shoulder surgeries. I fell through a steel catwalk at work and ripped all the nerves loose from my spinal cord and crushed my shoulder that's been over 20 years ago.He told me before he did the surgery that it would not help me be able to use my arm any...more
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