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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering

Mission Statement

The purpose of the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering is to be recognized as a leader in teaching and research in orthopaedics and to provide unsurpassed patient care.

We will achieve this position of leadership within orthopaedic surgery by:

  • Devoting sufficient faculty time to didactic lectures as well as clinical and operating room teaching, so the best graduating University of Tennessee students choose orthopaedics for postgraduate training;
  • Dominating the field of teaching and training new orthopaedic surgeons;
  • Being a leader in the quality and quantity of published materials including Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics;
  • Expanding our basic science orthopaedic research as well as continuing our clinical research efforts;
  • Providing unsurpassed care to our patients which encompasses the latest known techniques and thinking in orthopaedic surgery; and, 
  • Serving in leadership capacities on University committees, local and national orthopaedic societies and organizations and the medical staffs of which we are members.


It is the philosophy of the department to provide a comprehensive educational experience, that seeks to:

  • Emphasize the pathophysiology of disease and trauma to provide the orthopaedic student with an understanding of the current and future diagnostic and therapeutic measures;
  • Teach a method of treatment the faculty has found to be most effective and yet make the student aware of other approaches;
  • Provide maximum supervision and contact with students;
  • Teach ambulatory and outpatient care as well as inpatient care;
  • Promote clinical and basic research.

The objectives of the department include:

  • Providing the medical student with a core of information concerning the musculoskeletal system that all physicians should have and making the student aware of orthopaedics as a possible career choice;
  • Providing the educational experiences necessary for an orthopaedic resident to become a confident orthopaedic surgeon; and;
  • Providing continued education for the staff and practitioners of orthopaedic surgery locally and at the national level.
May 9, 2023