Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee Offers Comprehensive Orthopaedic Care Under One Roof

Orthopaedic care is getting an upgrade in Middle Tennessee. The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee will be getting a new home April 29, and it will be the premier orthopaedic destination for the region. It is my privilege, as president of the Bone and Joint Institute, to introduce to you the incredible people, science and architecture behind the world-class institute.

History of the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee

If you’re a native of Middle Tennessee, you might remember Franklin Bone and Joint Clinic. The practice was founded by Dr. Craig Ferrell in 1979 and soon became the go-to orthopaedic destination serving Williamson County and beyond, with nationally and internationally recognized surgeons, some serving as Olympic team physicians. The practice was acquired by Vanderbilt in 2009 and became Vanderbilt Bone and Joint. In 2017, these physicians partnered with Williamson Medical Center, and plans were soon announced to build a state-of-the-art orthopaedic institute unlike anything else in the region; ground was broken in April 2018. Currently, physicians of the Bone and Joint Institute are practicing in the Williamson Tower on the campus of Williamson Medical Center while awaiting completion of their new facility.

Designed with you in mind

The new 121,252-square-foot facility, located on the corner of I-65 and Highway 96 on the Williamson Medical Center campus, will include physician office space, physical and occupational therapy, and outpatient imaging services. There will also be an outpatient surgery center to accommodate various orthopaedic surgeries, including, but not limited to, arthroscopic, sports medicine and spinal surgery. In addition, the outpatient surgery center will be able to accommodate a 23-hour observational stay for patients. 

The Institute was designed with privacy and healing in mind, and patients and physicians alike enjoy a boutique orthopaedic experience that brings the outdoors in. Playing off the area’s sprawling horse farms and historic dry stack stone walls, the campus honors regional architecture and iconic Middle Tennessee landscape. Outdoor trails and landscaped terraces offer physicians, patients and visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature.

Our surgeons

The Bone and Joint Institute is currently composed of 13 orthopaedic surgeons, many of whom travel the globe as experts in their respective fields. Here at home, they are a community-oriented, patient-centric group dedicated to serving both locally and regionally. In fact, the Bone and Joint Institute staff serve as sports medicine providers and team physicians for Williamson County high school athletes. You can also find them on local boards and nonprofits, including the Williamson Medical Center Foundation and the Bone and Joint Foundation, which support local organizations.


While we see our share of athletes, Bone and Joint Institute patients come to us with aches and pains related to aging or overuse, a traumatic accident, or sports-related injury. Our specialties include foot and ankle, general orthopaedics and fracture care, hand and wrist, joint replacement and preservation, kids and teens, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine, and physical therapy and occupational Therapy, and we have the most advanced diagnostic and surgical capabilities available in the region. That includes robotic-assisted and minimally invasive surgeries, which offer less pain and down time.

One-stop shop

In designing the Bone and Joint Institute’s new facility, our goal was to keep everything under one roof. That’s not always the case in big-city medical centers, where therapy, surgery and rehabilitation services may be blocks or even miles apart. One location ensures smoother patient care and better communication between staff and physicians, from diagnostic imaging to rehabilitation. Because patients in Tennessee have the option to choose their own therapy provider, Bone and Joint Institute will also accept occupational and physical therapy referrals from other surgeons and practices, and offers an on-site after-hours clinic that is open in the evenings throughout the week and Saturday mornings.

Partners in care

It is my hope that you will pay us a visit at our new location. The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee is a locally owned, community-oriented group of physicians and staff dedicated to providing the best patient experience in a truly unique destination for orthopaedic care.