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World-renowned hip surgeon to join Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance

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J.W. Thomas Byrd, M.D.

J.W. Thomas Byrd, M.D.

Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance (TOA), Tennessee’s largest orthopedic surgery group, has added J.W. Thomas Byrd, M.D., a third-generation physician, to its team.

Byrd performed the first hip arthroscopy in Nashville, as well as the first arthroscopic hip procedure ever carried out on an NFL football player, setting the stage for hip arthroscopy in professional athletes. 

He pioneered many of the surgical techniques for hip arthroscopy commonly employed throughout the orthopedic world and invented numerous instruments that have revolutionized aspects of orthopedic surgery. He has been one of the leaders of defining and developing the role of less invasive arthroscopic techniques in and around the hip. 

Byrd travels the world as a visiting surgeon, invited professor and lecturer, including stops on all six populated continents. He has authored a number of textbooks on hip arthroscopy and hundreds of clinical publications. His referral base of patients is international, and surgeons from all corners of the globe visit Nashville to learn his techniques. 

He is the team physician for the Tennessee Titans, as is fellow TOA physician Dr. Damon H. Petty. Byrd also served as physician for the U.S. Olympic Team. He is a consulting orthopedic surgeon for numerous professional sports franchises from the NFL, NHL, NBA, WNBA and MLB, as well as the ATP professional tennis tour, and sits on the board of the Titleist Performance Institute. 

For 20 years, Byrd also served as team physician for area universities, including Trevecca Nazarene University and Martin Methodist College, in addition to numerous high schools and attending physician to the Nashville Ballet.

“I am extremely proud of the multidisciplinary team of internationally acclaimed experts that comprises the Nashville Hip Institute; its recognition as an unparalleled spot in the world for comprehensive service to patients suffering from hip problems. In this regard, I am deeply indebted and appreciative to the TOA leadership as the single institution in this area that truly embraces these ideals,” Byrd said. “We will now be called the Nashville Hip Institute at TOA and are excited about this new partnership and the many opportunities that come along with working with a group with TOA’s reputation and its abundance of resources to ensure our growth and integrity.” 

Byrd will begin seeing patients at TOA’s Midtown location, formerly Nashville Hip Institute, at 2004 Hayes St., #700, in Nashville, on Nov. 1. To make an appointment, call 615-284-5800 or visit for more information.

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