New Fellowship-Trained Sports Medicine Surgeon Joins University Orthopedic Surgeons

Michael J. Kern, M.D., fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, is joining University Orthopedic Surgeons on Oct. 8. He will be available to see patients in Knoxville at the practice’s UT Medical Center office in Professional Office Building F, located at 1926 Alcoa Hwy., Ste. 210, and at the practice’s West Knoxville office, located at 11440 Parkside Drive, Ste. 110. Patients in need of urgent or sports-related bone, joint and muscle care are encouraged to call (865) 546-2663 to schedule an appointment.

As a fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Kern’s expertise includes an array of the latest surgical techniques and procedures to effectively treat acute and chronic orthopedic injuries and conditions of the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow. 

“Trained at the renowned American Sports Medicine Institute, Dr. Kern joins us with a wealth of knowledge and skill in orthopedic sports medicine to keep athletes and active individuals of all levels in the game,” says Scott T. Smith, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at and practice president of University Orthopedic Surgeons. “We are excited to welcome him to our team of specialists. He will be an excellent addition to our practice and an asset to our community.” 

Dr. Kern holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and he earned a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He went on to complete an internship in general and orthopedic surgery as well as an orthopedic surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kern later chose to undergo advanced specialty training in orthopedic sports medicine through a fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute, a nationally recognized non-for-profit research and education foundation in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I am excited to begin my practice at University Orthopedic Surgeons and serve patients in Knoxville and the surrounding communities,” says Dr. Kern. “I am committed to working with my patients in developing customized treatment plans to get them back on their feet and doing the things they love as quickly and effectively as possible.”  

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kern, call (865) 546-2663 or request an appointment online.

Click here to read more about Dr. Kern in national publication Becker's Spine Review.