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E. Michael Holt, M.D.

Joint Replacement, Joint Revision, Knee, Sports Medicine

Dr. E. Michael Holt is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who joined University Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1989 following his orthopaedic training at The University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic in Memphis. With over 29 years in orthopaedic surgery practice, Dr. Holt is one of the most experienced in the region. He has dedicated his practice to acute and chronic problems of the knee, from traumatic injury to wear and tear across the lifespan. He has treated many athletes of varying ages and abilities, including those participating at the college and professional levels. Dr. Holt has a passion for helping all individuals who lead active lifestyles regardless of age, and he keeps up to date with the latest treatments and techniques.

With a special interest in knee replacements and having performed thousands (over 500 annually), Dr. Holt offers three types: custom, standard, and robotic-assisted. In addition, he performs partial (unincorporated and patellofemoral) knee replacements. Dr. Holt provides experience, the latest techniques, and low complication rates to ensure the best possible outcomes for his patients. While performing the majority of surgeries at UT Medical Center, Dr. Holt also operates at Parkwest Medical Center and Tennova Healthcare. Dr. Holt has been listed multiple years as one of Knoxville's top orthopaedic surgeons in the "Top Docs" awards. 

Dr. Holt holds a faculty position as a clinical professor at The University of Tennessee Medical Center and mentors future physicians and other healthcare providers. He has been active in the community as an assistant Boy Scout leader and coach of youth soccer and basketball teams. He recently completed his first marathon at age 55! Golf is a favorite hobby, and beekeeping is a new passion.

On a personal note, Dr. Holt and Tresa, his wife of 34 years, enjoy outdoor activities, their three Weimaraner dogs, and spending time with their three grown children.  Andrew is a current orthopaedic surgery resident, Abigail is a family nurse practitioner, and Ben is a recent graduate from ETSU, where he was a scholarship Division 1 soccer player. He currently is pursuing a PHD in biology/ecology at The University of Tennessee.

Dr. Holt's Educational Links

Top Docs Logo 2021

CityView Top Doctor in 2019, 2020, 2021



  • Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology/Zoology: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1979
  • Doctor of Medicine: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, 1983


  • General Surgery: Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, TN, 1984 – 1985


  • Orthopaedic Surgery: The University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic, Memphis, TN, 1986 – 1989

Began Practice at University Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • 1989

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1991

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery at the College of Medicine - Knoxville

Professional Distinctions

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Medical Association
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Knoxville Academy of Medicine
  • Knoxville Orthopaedic Society
  • Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • Tennessee Orthopaedic Society
  • The Willis C. Campbell Society
  • University Medical Associates

Team Affiliations

  • Christian Academy of Knoxville football
  • The King's Academy football

Hospital Affiliations

  • Parkwest Medical Center
  • Tennova Turkey Creek Medical Center
  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • “Dr. Holt performed knee replacement. The experience was flawless and recovery was textbook. He will be replacing the other knee in the next few months, and I have no reservations. His new assistant is awesome and is sure she will progress into a competent physician.”
    – Allen B.