Tania A. Ferguson, MD, MAS
Hip and Pelvis Surgeon

/Tania A. Ferguson, MD, MAS
Hip and Pelvis Surgeon
Tania A. Ferguson, MD, MAS
Hip and Pelvis Surgeon

Tania A. Ferguson, MD, MAS arrives in Nashville after more than a decade of work mastering hip preservation and pelvis reconstruction techniques. She is a hip surgeon, focused exclusively on surgeries of the hip and pelvis. After training with two of the world’s foremost experts of open hip surgeries, Drs. Joel Matta and Jeffrey Mast, Dr. Ferguson quickly became celebrated worldwide for her surgical skills and academic contributions to the fields of pelvis and acetabular fracture surgery and hip preservation surgery (Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO) and Surgical Hip Dislocation). She has also played a pivotal role in the advancement of the anterior approach total hip arthroplasty and its expansion in the United States.

Dr. Ferguson’s practice is based on a profound understanding of the hip and pelvis anatomy as well as the mechanical relationship between the femur and the acetabulum (or socket). Her mastery of the hip anatomy comes after more than a decade as the Director of Pelvic and Acetabular Fracture Surgery at the University of California, Davis.

During this time, her clinical and academic focus on severe injuries to the pelvis, acetabulum, and femur allowed her to learn every nuance of the hip and pelvis anatomy.

Her surgical skill and excellent patient outcomes, her publications and academic achievements, and her innovative advancements of the techniques utilized for these complex injuries quickly made her internationally recognized as a thought leader in hip and pelvic surgery.

Dr. Ferguson’s profound understanding of the hip and pelvis anatomy is the foundation of her practice in hip preservation surgery. Her experience with the anatomy and the restoration of the mechanical relationships of the hip and pelvis allows her to plan and execute reorientation osteotomies of the hip and pelvis expertly.

Her abilities and outcomes with the Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO), Surgical Hip Dislocation (SHD), and femoral osteotomies for hip dysplasias and developmental abnormalities are well recognized. Dr. Ferguson pursued fellowship training with Dr. Jeffrey Mast, one of the founders of the PAO surgery, and is considered one of Dr. Mast’s most skilled and precise disciples. Understanding the abnormalities leading to pathological mechanics in the dysplastic hip and surgically rebuilding the osseous architecture to optimize the hip mechanics is why her patients travel great distances seeking diagnosis and care for complicated deformities, revision surgeries, and after failed first attempts.

22 yo woman with acetabular dysplasia. She had been suffering from hip pain for 8 months before being evaluated and treated at Nashville Hip Institute where her dysplasia was diagnosed. She underwent successful Periacetabular Osteotomy with a labral repair and femoral head recontouring surgery with Dr. Ferguson.

19 yo woman with both acetabular dysplasia and proximal femoral abnormalities and a leg deformity.

She underwent a periacetabular osteotomy, femoral osteotomy and labral repair.

12 years later she is a nurse without a limp and with no hip pain in California.

Dr. Ferguson has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement in the United States, after her year’s fellowship with Dr. Joel Matta in 2004. She has utilized the aTHA as her sole approach for elective hip replacement since the inception of her practice, well over a decade. Her research, publications, and innovative techniques have helped expand the indications of the Anterior Approach to fractures of the hip and acetabulum, and she educates surgeons in aTHA surgery worldwide. She serves as the Education Committee Chairman for the Anterior Hip Foundation and she is instrumental in the education of residents, fellows, and surgeons who are learning this procedure for hip replacement. Her practice allows many patients the benefit of outpatient surgery, and she helps patients return to unlimited functional activities after this tissue sparing technique for hip replacement surgery.

Travelling the world as an educator of hip surgery, she has reached millions of patients by teaching surgeons these complex hip surgical techniques. She is dedicated to training the next generations of surgeons to be able to better treat their own patients by detailed examination and diagnosis, and precision with surgical technique. Publications, book chapters, and innovative technique videos further expand her influence to improve patient care. She utilizes her teaching skills to help her patients understand complex hip disorders and has developed exceptional educational materials for her patients.

Dr. Ferguson has been associated with the AO Foundation as faculty and now serves as the first elected woman trustee for the international organization, which reaches every corner of the globe to elevate the treatment of patients with musculoskeletal disorders. While Dr. Ferguson’s greatest pride is her surgical outcomes and her patient’s satisfaction, she feels that her work within the AO and the experiences gained from this organization represent the most important pillars of her career.

Dr. Ferguson’s move to Nashville was inspired by the merger of her expertise in open hip surgeries with the revolutionary work of Dr. J.W. Thomas Byrd. Combining their individual expertise and unique backgrounds in hip surgery, they offer a vast range of interventions at masterful surgical skill levels to virtually any patient seeking care for hip pain. Femoroacetabular Impingement, Hip Dysplasia, Pelvis and Acetabular Fractures, Arthritis – the synergy of their expertise under the newly formed Nashville Hip Institute has reset the bar on what constitutes the best of patient care, education, and research in hip surgery.

Selected Publications

  1. Dodwad SN, Niedermeier SR, Yu E, Ferguson TA, Klineberg EO, Khan SN. The Morel-Lavallee Lesion Revisted: Management in Spinopelvic Dissociation. Spine J Oct. 22, 2013.
  2. Sheffler LC, Yoo B, Bhandari M, Ferguson TA. Observational Studies in Orthopaedic Surgery: The STROBE Statement as a Tool for Transparent Reporting. J Bone Joint Surg Am. Feb 6;95(3):e14(1- 12), 2013.
  3. Crist B, Ferguson TA. Instructional Course Lectures, Surgical Timing of Injured Extremities: An Evolving Concept of Urgency. J Bone Joint Surg Aug 15; 94(16) 1514-24, 2012.
  4. Nejad AH, Jamali A, Wootton-Gerges SL, Boakes JL, Ferguson TA. Symphysis Pubis Width in the Pediatric Population: A Computerized Tomography Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg 73(4):923-7, 2012.
  5. Forsh DA, Ferguson TA. Contemporary Management of Femoral Neck Fractures: The Young and the Old. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med 5(3):214-21, 2012.
  6. Soles GL, Ferguson TA. Fragility Fractures of the Pelvis. Curr Rev Musculoskeletal Med 5(3):222-8, 2012.
  7. Ferguson TA, Eastman JG. Anterior Approach Hip Arthroplasty: A Novel Technique in the Management of Femoral Neck Fractures. Current Orthopaedic Practice, 22(1): 39-45, 2011.
  8. Lowe JA, Crist BD, Bhandari M, Ferguson TA. Optimal Treatment of Femoral Neck Fractures According to Patient’s Physiologic Age: an Evidence-based Review. Orthop Clin North Am, 41(2): 157-66, 2010.
  9. Ferguson TA, Patel R, Bhandari M, Matta JM. Fractures of the Acetabulum in Patients Aged 60 Years and Older: an Epidemiological and Radiological Study. J Bone Joint Surg Br., 92-B(2): 250-7, 2010.
  10. Goldstein C, Petrisor BA, Ferguson T, and Bhandari M. Evidence-Based Medicine: Implants for Fixation of Femoral Neck Fractures. Techniques in Orthopaedics, 23(4): 301-308, 2008.
  11. Dijkman B, Kooistra B, Ferguson T, Bhandari M. Decision Making: Open Reduction/ Internal Fixation versus Arthroplasty for Femoral Neck Fractures. Techniques in Orthopaedics, 23(4): 288- 295, 2008.
  12. Bhandari M, Ferguson T, Matthys G, Matta J. Predictors of Clinical and Radiographical Outcome in Patients with Fractures of the Acetabulum and Concomitant Posterior Dislocation of the Hip. J Bone Joint Surg Br., 88(12): 1618-1624, 2006.
  13. Matta JM, Ferguson TA. Total Hip Replacement After Acetabular Fracture. Orthopedics, 28(9): 959- 960, 2005.
  14. Matta JM, Ferguson TA. The Anterior Approach for Hip Replacement. Orthopedics, 28(9): 927-928, 2005.
  15. Matta JM, Shahrdar C, Ferguson T. Single-Incision Anterior Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty on an Orthopaedic Table. Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, 441: 115-124, 2005.
  16. Ferguson TA, Matta JM. Anterior Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Clinical Presentation. Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Review, 10(2): 134-140, 2002.

Awards and Honors

2017        Committee Chairman, Anterior Hip Foundation. USA.

2016        First Elected Female Trustee, AO Foundation. Davos, Switzerland.

2015        HansJorg Wyss Endowed Chair, Director of Hip and Pelvis Surgery Fellowship and Education. Swedish Medical Center, Seattle Washington.

2013        Director Pelvis and Acetabular Fracture Surgery. Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle WA.

2012        Teacher of the Year/Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award 2011-2012 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA.

2011        NIH K30 Masters of Advanced Sciences (MAS). University of California, Davis, Sacramento CA.

2010        Director Hip Preservation and Reconstruction Division. University of California, Davis. Sacramento, CA.

2010        Regional Educator Training Team Faculty. AOTrauma North America.

2009        NIH K30 Mentored Clinical Research Training Award, University of California. Davis, Sacramento, CA.

2007        Teacher of the Year/Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award 2006-2007 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA .

2006        Director Pelvis and Acetabular Fracture Management, University of California, Davis, Sacramento CA.

2004        Resident Teaching Award. Inman Abbott Society, San Francisco, CA.

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