Dr. Michael Pagnani, MD

Dr. Michael Pagnani, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 56
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Dr. Michael Pagnani, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Nashville, TN and has been practicing for 25 years. He graduated from Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine in 1987 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and more.

345 23rd Ave N

Nashville, TN 37203

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Runner's Knee
more than 88% of peers
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
more than 87% of peers
Rotator Cuff Tear
more than 84% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pagnani "Dr Pagnani specializes in sports medicine and surgery of the knee and shoulder. He acted as Head Team Physician for the Nashville Predators NHL Hockey Team from 1998-2007. In addition, he is a consultant to the Miami Dolphins Football Team. Dr Pagnani has cared for many well known athletes. He has served as a team physician for the New York Giants, Nashville Kats, Nashville Sounds, Tennessee State University and several Nashville area high schools. He has also acted as the Team Physician for Elite Runners for Country Music Marathon. In 2004 Dr Pagnani was named the Tennessee Sports Medicine Person of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society."


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Dislocated Joint
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Ligament Tears
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Throwing Injuries
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Trigger Finger


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Steroid 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.


  • Columbia University / College of Physicians And Surgeons
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1983
  • Vanderbilt University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Baylor University Medical Center/Parkland Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1988
  • Hospital For Special Surgery (orthopaedic Surgery)
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Hospital for Special Surgery (Shoulder Surgery)
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Hospital for Special Surgery (Sports Medicine)
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Head Team Physican Nashville Predators
    Other Education | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Tennessee Sports Medicine Person of the Year, 2004
  • Order of Honorable Kentucky Colonels, appointed
  • US News Top Doctor, 2011-
  • Marquis Who's Who in America, 2008
  • Marquis Who's Who in Health Care, 2011
  • "Top Doctors in Nashville" - Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, 2005-
  • Joe Reilly Award for Service, Father Ryan High School, 2008-
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 2005-
Media & Publications
  • Chapter - Open Repair of Anterior Shoulder Instability In: Cole B and Sekiya J: Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow and Knee in Sports Medicine, 2008
  • Chapter - Open Repair of Anterior Shoulder Instability In: Cole B and Sekiya J: Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow and Knee in Sports Medicine, 2nd Edition,
  • Anterior Instability of the Shoulder: In: Andrews, JR and Wilk, K (eds.): The Athlete's Shoulder, 1994
  • Chapter - Multidirectional Instability in the Athlete. In: Pettrone, FA, (ed.), Athletic Injuries of the Shoulder, 1994
  • Chapter - Anatomy of the Knee.In: Nicholas, JA and Hershman, E, (eds.), The Lower Extremity andSpine in Sports Medicine, 2nd edition, 1995
  • Chapter - Soft Tissue Physiology and Repair. In: Kasser, JR (ed.) Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 5, 1996
  • Chapter - Introduction and Historical Aspects. In: Warren, RF; Craig, EV; and Altchek, DW: The Unstable Shoulder, 1999
  • Chapter - Techniques to Repair the Multidirectionally Unstable Shoulder. In: Abram JS: Management of the Unstable Shoulder, 2011
  • Chapter - Other Knee Problems and Injuries. In Johnson, RJ and Lombardo, J, (eds.), Current Review of Sports Medicine, 1994
  • Chapter - Fixed and Chronic Dislocations. In: Warren, RF; Craig, EV; and Altchek, DW: The Unstable Shoulder, 1999
  • Shoulder Instability: Overview with Treatment Options and Surgical Indications. In: Pettrone, FA, (ed.)Athletic Injuries of the Shoulder, 1994
  • Chapter - Conservative Treatment of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Insufficiency. In: Wojtys, EM, (ed.), The ACL-Deficient Knee, 1994
  • Chapter - Instability of the Shoulder In: Nicholas, JA and Hershman, E, (eds.), The Upper Extremity and Spine in Sports Medicine, 2nd edition, 1995
  • Chapter - Acute Injuries of the Shoulder. In: Griffin, LY,(ed.), Orthopaedic Knowledge Update-Sports Medicine, 1994
  • Chapter - Glenohumeral Stabilization: Arthroscopic Suretac Technique. In: Torg, JS and Shephard, RJ, (eds.), Current Therapy in Sports Medicine, 3rd edition, 1995
  • Chapter - Reconstructive Surgery for Patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa In: Lin, AN and Carter, DM, (eds.), Epidermolysis Bullosa: Basic and Clinical Aspects, 1992
  • Chapter - Glenohumeral Instabilty. In: Drez, D and DeLee, J, (eds.), Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice, 1993
  • Chapter - Open Treatment of Anterior Instability:Surgical Technique. In Provencher, M and Romeo A: Shoulder Instability: A Comprehensive Approach,
  • ESPN, 2006
  • ESPN, 2006
  • Physician Profile: Mike Pagnani, 2006
  • Symptomatic Ossification of the Tibiofibular Syndesmosis in Professional Football Players, 1995
  • Anatomic Considerations in Harvesting the Semitendinosus and Gracilis Tendons and A Technique of Harves, 1993
  • The Pathophysiology of Anterior Shoulder Instability, 1993
  • Arthroscopic Fixation of Superior Labral Lesions Using a Biodegradable Implant: A Preliminary Report, 1995
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization Using Transglenoid Sutures: Four-Year Minimum Follow-Up, 1996
  • A Muscle-Splitting Approach to the Medial Collateral Ligament of the Elbow: Neuroanatomy and Operative Technique, 1996
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Femoral Condyles: Long-Term Results of Excision of the Fragment, 1997
  • The History of Anterior Shoulder Instability: Evolution of Principles and Treatment--Part I, 1993
  • Management of the First-Time Shoulder Dislocation, 1994
  • Hamstring Anatomy, 1993
  • Effect of Lesions the Superior Portion of the Glenoid Labrum on Glenohumeral Translation, 1995
  • An Arthroscopic Technique for Anterior Stabilization of the Shoulder with a Bioabsorbable Tack, 1996
  • Arthroscopic Treatment of Instabilty, 1996
  • Arthroscopic Treatment with a Bioabsorbable Tack, 1996
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization, 1993
  • Rehabilitation of the Unstable Shoulder, 1993
  • Internal Fixation of Proximal Humerus Fractures Using the Screw-Tension Band Technique, 1994
  • Patient Selection for Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization, 1996
  • Antegrade Drilling for Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee, 1997
  • The Active Compression Test: A New and Effective Test for Diagnosing Labral Tears and Acromioclavicular Joint Pathology, 1998
  • Shoulder Instability, 2007
  • Labral Tears, 1995
  • Test for shoulder injuries, 1998
  • Extrusion of the Medial Meniscus, 1991
  • Role of the Long Head of the Biceps Brachii in Glenohumeral Stability: A Biomechanical Study in Cadavera, 1996
  • Effect of Aspirin on Heterotopic Ossification after Total Hip Arthroplasty in Men with Osteoarthrosis, 1991
  • The History of Anterior Shoulder Instability: Evolution of Principles and Treatment--Part II, 1993
  • Stabilizers of the Glenohumeral Joint, 1994
  • Indications for Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization, 1994
  • Humeral Head Osteonecrosis: Clinical Course and Radiographic Predictors of Outcome, 1996
  • Painful Os Acromiale (or Unfused Acromial Apophysis) in Athletes, 2006
  • Arthroscopic Capsular Plication in Throwing Athletes,
  • Instability in Football Players, 2003
  • Instabilty with Bony Defects, 2008
  • "Tommy John" Surgery, 1996
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Indications and Results of Reconstruction, 1993
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization, 1993
  • Multidirectional Instability: Medial T-plasty and Selective Capsular Repairs, 1993
  • Postoperative Femoral Fracture after Fixation of an Intertrochanteric Fracture with the Gamma Nai, 1994
  • Reproducibility of Instrumented Knee Examination in Patients with ACL Insufficiency: A Comparison of Four Devices, 1994
  • Surgical Treatment of Traumatic Anterior Shoulder Instability in American Football Players: Two-to-Six Year Follow-Up in Fifty-Eight Athletes, 2002
  • Hamstring Tendon Harvesting: Reviewing Anatomic Relationships and Avoiding Pitfalls, 2003
  • Open Capsular Repair Without Bone Block of Anterior Instability in Patients with and Without Bony Defects of the Glenoid and/or Humeral Head, 2008
  • Osteochonditis Dissecans, 1997
  • Golfer Kenny Perry, 2006
  • Dr. Pagnani Feature - Head Team Physician, 2006
  • Preventing Sports Injuries in Kids, 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Pagnani's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pagnani to family and friends
based on 27 total reviews (3 with comments)

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Average wait time
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Patient Comments (3)

in Bowling Green, KY
Had shoulder surgery. Great physician before, during and after. If you listen to him and do as he says you'll have great experience. He very frank with you and explains well
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in Nashville, TN
Dr P is a great guy and an excellent doctor. My family and I trust him completely. He is caring, explains things in a way we can understand and is a great surgeon. You can tell his cherishes his patients. We have sent many folks his way over the years and everyone has had a very positive...more
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in Russellville ky
He was recommended to me by my neurologist. I'm confident he is the best at what he does but his bedside manner needs some work. Sometimes he was quite hateful. He made me feel like it was totally my fault the PT didn't fix my frozen shoulder. I'm no collegiate athlete but I am a marathoner and...more
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