J.W. Thomas Byrd, MD

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A native Nashvillian, Dr. Byrd is the third generation of physicians in his family to serve this community. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, graduating magna cum laude. He obtained his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and performed his orthopaedic training at the University of Louisville. Dr. Byrd participated in fellowship training programs in two specialty areas of orthopaedics. The first, sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery under Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama, has remained the focus of Dr. Byrd’s career. Additionally, Dr. Byrd gained fellowship training in joint replacement and reconstructive surgery at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Byrd is a recent Past President of both the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA). He is a member of the International Hip Society (IHS), Herodicus Society, Twentieth Century Orthopaedic Association, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), and Hip Society.

AANA Presidential Address

ISHA Presidential Address

Dr. Byrd is team physician for the Tennessee Titans and has served as physician for the U.S. Olympic Team. He is a consulting orthopaedic 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 twenty years, Dr. 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.

Dr. Byrd performing his first arthroscopic labral procedure in 1992. More than a quarter of a century later, this patient is still doing well.

Dr. Byrd pioneered many of the surgical techniques for hip arthroscopy commonly employed throughout the orthopaedic world and invented numerous instruments that have revolutionized aspects of orthopaedic surgery (learn more about the History of Hip Arthroscopy in Nashville). He has been one of the leaders for defining and developing the role of less invasive arthroscopic techniques in and around the hip. He travels the world as a visiting surgeon, invited professor, and lecturer, including stops on all six populated continents. Dr. Byrd has authored three textbooks on hip arthroscopy, edited numerous other textbooks and journals, and has published over 100 scientific papers, technical and review articles, and book chapters. His referral base of patients is international, and surgeons from all corners of the globe visit Nashville to learn his techniques.

Click here to view Dr. Byrd’s complete CV.

Lecturing in Bern, Switzerland; the birthplace of open FAI surgery.

Performing live surgery in Hong Kong, beamed to the International Orthopaedic Forum.

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