Dr. Venkat Ganapathy, MD

Dr. Venkat Ganapathy, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 43
Dr. Venkat Ganapathy, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Chattanooga, TN and has been practicing for 5 years. He graduated from Sri Ramachandra Med Coll in 1997 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and orthopedic surgery.Read his story

1010 E 3rd St Ste 202

Chattanooga, TN 37403

Contact Information

(423) 265-2233

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HealthLink
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Molina Healthcare
  • 3 More

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Top Care Areas

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

Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 95% of peers
Low Back Pain
more than 87% of peers
Back Pain
more than 87% of peers

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Dr. Ganapathy's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Ganapathy "Dr. Venkat Ganapathy is a double board certified and dual fellowship trained Orthopedic spine surgeon. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Director of Orthopedic Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. He specializes in complex spine surgery. He is expertly trained with two spinal surgery fellowships – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and London Health Sciences Center, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. He completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to that, he worked as an emergency medicine physician and surgical assistant in orthopedics as well as a rural family physician in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Ganapathy is also Canadian board certified both in orthopedic surgery and in family medicine. He specializes in the management spinal deformity, degenerative, traumatic and oncological conditions of the spine and offers patient centered care. He has research interests in spinal deformity, spinal degeneration as well as in medical education.Dr. Ganapathy is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society (NASS), Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA), American Orthopedic Association Emerging Leaders (AOA) and AOSpine."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Ganapathy "Dual fellowship trained in complex spinal surgery, I believe in a holistic approach to patient care by involving patients and their families in their treatment. I strongly believe in understanding a patient's problem in context with their lifestyle, circumstances and perspectives to enhance their understanding of medical problems and to reach realistic treatment goals and to meets their expectations.

I strive to provide compassionate and loving "Patient-centered care". I have made an irrevocable commitment in my practice to treat every patient as my own kith and kin by making collaborative and informed decisions to achieve the best outcomes for my patients.

Spinal surgery is more than technical excellence, and there is no better speciality than spine to apply the famous saying "good surgeons know how to operate, better ones when to operate, and the best when not to operate". I have always lived with that motto to do what is best for my patients. That is my commitment and my promise."

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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Physician Specialties*

38  Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
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14  Procedures

  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine and Back Procedures
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery

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.


  • Sri Ramachandra Med Coll
    Medical School | Graduated 1997
  • Sri Ramachandra Med Coll
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Dalhousie University / Faculty Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2012
  • London Hlth Scis Ctr-U Western Ont
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013
  • Sunnybrook Mc-U Toronto
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2014
  • Canadian Coll Fam Prac
    Other Education | Completed 2007

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ganapathy has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Ganapathy's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ganapathy to family and friends
9 total reviews (7 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (9)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Ganapathy's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Ganapathy Says:

I greatly appreciate the trust my patients put in me to take care of them. I greatly appreciate the feedback. I will continue to strive to provide the best care possible. I promise to treat every patient with respect and compassion the way I would like to be treated. 


Patient Comments (7)

Dr Ganapathy is well qualified. But his staff is incompetent and not customer centered. My first appointment was a nightmare. Arrived 15 minutes early and the guy at the front desk had no clue. Took 15 minutes standing there to get me into the system. Then after sitting for 30 minutes in the...more
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I am very sorry Jerre to hear of the frustrating experience that you had in our office. I appreciate your patience. I will take your feedback to our practice manager and we will try to do our best to avoid such future frustrations. If you have further concerns and would like to talk to me, please call my office and I will certainly do my best to address them. Sincerely Venkat Ganapathy

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I would give more stars if I could. He is amazing!! I have never encountered a Doctor with more compassion and care for his patients. He never rushed us in and out of appointments, takes ample time explaining things to us and does not make you feel rushed into making decisions. He is honest on his...more
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Thank you very much Mr. Combs for your kind review, trust and your confidence in my ability to care for you, your friends and loved ones

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Dr G is by far the best physician our family has ever encountered. Skilled and compassionate, he ensured our son would be able to walk again. Could not recommend him enough.
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Thank you for the kind review and feedback. Greatly appreciate the trust you put in me.

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In all the years my. Husband has gone through with back pain, Dr Ganapathy was the first to take time in listening and then discussing options, including therapy and injections. We were never rushed out of the room. Such a concerning Dr... We were extremely pleased !!!!!
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Thank you for your feedback and for taking the time to write this review. I greatly appreciate it! Sincerely Dr. Ganapathy

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Dr Ganapathy performed back surgery on me and I couldn't have asked for a better physician!! He anticipated my needs before I knew they existed and answered all my questions before during and after surgery!! His follow up Care is phenomenal with him checking back personally to see how you are...more
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