Drs. Byrd and Ferguson Form Nashville Hip Institute
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, September 14th, 2017
J.W. Thomas Byrd, M.D. and Tania A. Ferguson, M.D. have joined their talents and experience and formed the Nashville Hip Institute (formerly known as Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center).
As the Nashville Hip Institute wrote in its September 6, 2017 news release, “…She [Dr. Ferguson] launched her career under the tutelage of two of the world’s foremost experts in open hip surgery: Drs. Joel Matta and Jeff Mast. She is a hip surgeon, focused exclusively on surgeries of the hip and pelvis, and is celebrated globally for her innovative work in acetabular fracture surgery, reorientation osteotomies for hip dysplasias (PAO [periarticular osteotomy] and Surgical Hip Dislocation), and her pivotal role in the advancement of the anterior approach total hip arthroplasty (aTHA) in the United States…”
“…She represents the AO Foundation as the first elected female trustee, has an NIH K30 [National Institutes of Health] Master’s Degree in Advanced Clinical Research, and her contributions towards the academic evolution of hip surgery is evidenced by her many scholarly publications, book chapters, and on-line educational programs utilized by patients and surgeons learning about pathologies of the hip and pelvis.”
“Dr. Byrd founded the Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center and is the third generation of physicians in his family to serve the Nashville community. He pioneered the technique of hip arthroscopy that is most popularly used throughout the world. This technique has become the basis of many arthroscopic procedures designed to correct damage and restore function for many disabling hip conditions…Dr. Byrd has served as president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA), in addition to his responsibilities as team physician for the Tennessee Titans, consultant for many professional sports franchises, and board member of the Titleist Performance Institute.”
Dr. Byrd told OTW, “Dr. Ferguson and I have known each other for years. We have collaborated extensively, and thus have had an in-depth familiarity with the nature of each other's practices. Our skill sets and background within the field of managing complex hip disorders are distinctly different, but precisely complement each other. The magnetizing effect of the synergy between our practices was too overwhelming to ignore. The logic of creating a new entity, founded on our respective experiences, was just obvious. But the Nashville Hip Institute is not all about her and me; we are surrounded by a veteran team skilled in every aspect of non-surgical and surgical care of hip problems of every type. Thus, the right partnership was obvious. The right time is now because of the growing number of people severely affected by hip disorders of every nature, and the growing body of information we are developing on how to help these individuals improve their lives.”
“There were two milestones in bringing to fruition the Nashville Hip Institute. First, was the realization that we could blend the nature of our experiences to create this Institute; unique by virtue of our more than 40 years of collective experience. Second, was then accomplishing the challenge of physically merging two mature practices from opposite ends of the continent. It's been a lot of work, but an effort well worth it. We are now armed with a complete program providing comprehensive care for hip problems of any origin or severity.”