Local Sports Medicine Icon Dr. Tommy Johns Dies

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(MURFREESBORO) The Murfreesboro and mid-state community is saddened to learn that Tennessee Orthopaedic Alliance's founder Tommy Johns, MD, passed away late Sunday (4/31/2019) afternoon at his home. The 71-year old Murfreesboro native was at home and surrounded by family when he died. Family visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00PM this coming Thursday (April 4, 2019) at World Outreach Church. Funeral services will be Friday(April 5, 2019) at 3:00PM, also at World Outreach Church (1921 New Salem Road).

Tribute to Dr. Johns from The Truman Show 4/1/2019


Dr. Johns has been a team physician for Rutherford County and MTSU Blue Raider athletes for around 40 years. His favorite place to be is on any sport sideline.

He was presented the Thomas A. Brady award in 2010 from The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for his dedication to excellence in sports medicine in his community.


Dr. Johns was also chosen to serve America's best as a physician for track and field at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

He grew-up here in Murfreesboro and loved this community. He graduated in 1965 from Central High and then received his BS degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Johns earned his medical degree from UT Memphis and then orthopaedic training and residency at Vanderbilt University hospitals.

Prior to founding Tennessee Orthopaedic Association (TOA) here in his hometown back in 1978, Dr. Johns practiced in Tampa as well as at the Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Woodfin Funeral Chapel Obituary (CLICK HERE).

NOTE: If you would like to leave a memory about how Dr. Johns impacted your life, please do so below or e-mail your comments to news@wgnsradio.com.

  • Bill Poirer, Murfreesboro resident, commented: Never, no-one impacted my life in a more Spiritual & complete way than Tommy Johns. We are people not from Murfreesboro who now live here & have had needs as a family & as orthopedic patients. Dr Johns treated us. Dr Johns prayed with us. Dr Johns ministered to our family members. For me, personally, Dr Johns was a Spiritual giant loving & caring in the way that Jesus calls us to love; agape! I loved this man!!! Praise the Lord, he is risen!!!!
  • Ann Poirer said, "We had only been in the Boro for a few years when my husband Bill Poirier had to have some knee procedures! I waited in the waiting room and Dr Johns came out and prayed with me! I am a RN and was so overwhelmed by this! My daughter was Dr Johns clinical assistant and he loved and cared for her always concerned about her and her family! We are praying for his family and pray that they find comfort in knowing he is with our Father!"
  • Sarah (Perry) Adams commented, "Dr. Johns was a close friend of my father, a friendship which began, I believe, when they were both students at MTSU. I love to hear the stories my dad tells of how they were both so intensely devoted to knowing Jesus and spreading the Gospel on campus. Dr. Johns was always so kind to me, and I'm privileged to have known him."
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