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W. Taylor Riden, D.O.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Dr. Taylor Riden is a fellowship-trained and board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation expert. With his years of advanced training, he joined University Orthopaedic Surgeons in 2023. Dr. Riden specializes in treating the neck, shoulder, elbow, back, hip, and knee using a range of nonsurgical treatments, including radiofrequency ablation, electromyography, and injections as well as image-guided injections using fluoroscopy and ultrasound.

Dr. Riden earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration, economics, and premedical studies from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Dr. Riden attended Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, for his master’s degree in business administration while simultaneously earning his medical degree at the Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. He then continued his training at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed an internship and physical medicine and rehabilitation residency. Following his residency, Dr. Riden dedicated an additional year of advanced training with a NASS-certified interventional spine and musculoskeletal medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

His approach to patient care is to listen, diagnose, discuss options, and build a treatment plan that aligns with the patient’s goals. Dr. Riden is committed to serving his patients through his expertise to decrease pain and restore function so that over time, they can get back to the things they enjoy doing.

A native of Morristown, Tennessee, Dr. Riden enjoys spending time with his wife, 2-year-old son, and golden retriever, hanging out with friends and family, watching UT sports (Go Vols!), playing golf, running, hiking in the Smoky Mountains, being involved in his church community, and playing guitar.

Dr. Taylor Riden is available to see patients at our UT Research Park, West Knoxville, and Sevierville locations. You can request an appointment online or call (865) 546-2663 for our UT Research Park and Sevierville offices or (865) 218-9300 for our West Knoxville office.



  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Economics, Premedical Studies: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 2013
  • Master of Business Administration: Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, 2018
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN, 2018


  • Internship: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2018 – 2019


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2019 – 2022


  • NASS-Certified Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2022 – 2023

Began Practice at University Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • 2023

Board Certification

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Professional Distinctions

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • North American Spine Society
  • Spine Intervention Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • The University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • “My experience with Dr. Riden was efficient and effective.”
    – Richard T.