Dr. John E. Kuhn, MD

Dr. John E. Kuhn, MD


Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery | Male | 56 years old

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John Edward Kuhn, MD, MS is the Kenneth D. Schermerhorn Professor of Orthopedics in the Department of Orthopaedic...Read more

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in Fackler, Al |
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 than i did prior but the surgery had to be done to put my rotator cuff ball backb up as close as possible he put 3 ropes and other stuff in to get it where it's at. Dr.Kuhn it's a wonderful doctor !
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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.

Dr. Kuhn's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • 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
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • 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
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myelopathy
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)


  • Medical School
    University Of Michigan Medical School

    Graduated in 1988

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor

    Completed in 1989

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Michigan / Ann Arbor

    Completed in 1993

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Steadman Hawkins Clinic

    Completed in 1994

  • Undergraduate School
    Syracuse University, State University Of New York, College Of Environmental Science and Forestry

    Graduated in 1982

  • Other Education
    University Of Michigan, Ms

    Completed in 1983

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Procedures Performed

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • 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
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate