Statement of Goals

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University is committed to:

Clinical Care:

We serve patients with the highest degree of competence in currently recommended surgical techniques within each orthopaedic subspecialty.  We do our very best caring for each person, every time.


We teach medical students, residents, fellows, faculty, physicians pursuing continuing medical education, and all members of the healthcare team the anatomy and pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal system. The decision analysis upon which therapeutic intervention is based remains an art that relies upon a caring patient-doctor relationship, knowledge of science and evidence based medicine, surgical skill, experience and the ability to ask and answer questions.
Readying the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons via educating resident physicians requires them to have a broad educational background that prepares them for any general orthopaedic practice or academic practice while at the same time developing a spirit of inquiry conducive to self-education over a professional lifetime.


Fostering new knowledge by developing a leading presence in orthopaedic research across the basic, translational, clinical, and outcomes continuum, engaging medical students, residents, fellows, and staff in faculty-led inquiry is our goal.  It is our strong belief that it is the thoughtful clinician that asks the most fundamental questions of science, stimulating the translation of leading edge lab discoveries into therapies beneficial to patients.