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Dr. Pagnani specializes in sports medicine and surgery of the knee and shoulder. He has served as team physician for a number of professional, collegiate and high school sports teams. Dr. Pagnani has also held leadership positions in many professional associations and has trained several orthopaedic surgeons in the field of Sports Medicine who now practice throughout the world.

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Dr. Pagnani specializes in sports medicine and surgery of the knee and shoulder. He acted as Head Team Physician for the Nashville Predators NHL Hockey Team from 1998-2007. In addition, he is a consultant to the Miami Dolphins Football Team. Dr. Pagnani has cared for many well-known athletes. He has served as a team physician for the New York Giants, Nashville Kats, Nashville Sounds, Tennessee State University, and several Nashville area high schools. He has also acted as the Team Physician for Elite Runners for Country Music Marathon. In 2004, Dr. Pagnani was named the Tennessee Sports Medicine Person of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society.

He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the internationally renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He also completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Pagnani was active in high school and collegiate athletics, and has first-hand experience with athletic injuries. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he made the Kentucky All-State Football Team in high school.

He has written more than 40 scientific papers and book chapters including a landmark paper on the treatment of shoulder dislocations in football players. He serves as a consultant for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and for the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

He has served in leadership positions in the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. As the director of a nationally-recognized Sports Medicine Fellowship, he has trained several orthopaedic surgeons in the field of Sports Medicine who now practice throughout the world.

Dr. Pagnani lives in Nashville with his wife Kelly and 2 children (Sarah & Connor). Away from work, Dr. Pagnani enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, reading history, and coaching lacrosse.


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow (
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Active Member (
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, Member (
National Hockey League Team Physicians' Society, Member
Arthroscopy Association of North America, Active Member (
Nashville Academy of Medicine, Member
Tennessee Medical Association, Member


Head Team Physician, Nashville Predators Hockey Team, 1998-2007 (
Orthopaedic Consultant, Miami Dolphins Football Team, 2001-present (
Head Team Physician, Tennessee State University, 1993-present (
Team Physician for Elite Runners, Country Music Marathon, 2000-2003
Head Team Physician, Nashville Kats Arena Football Team, 1997-2002 (
Orthopaedic Team Physician, Nashville Sounds (AAA) Baseball Team, 1994-2003 (
Orthopaedic Consultant, Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Organization, 1998-2003
Orthopaedic Consultant, Chicago White Sox Baseball Organization, 1995-1997
Assistant Team Physician, New York Giants Football Team, 1992-93 (
Assistant Team Physician, New York Mets Baseball Team, 1992-93
Orthopaedic Consultant, Tennessee Technological University, 1993-1994
Medical Consultant, NCAA Sectional Basketball Tournament, 2000
Medical Consultant, Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament, 1994-2000
Team Physician, Numerous Nashville Area High Schools, 1993-present
Medical Staff, US Figure Skating Championships, 1997
Orthopaedic Consultant, Nashville Xpress Baseball Team, 1994
Assistant Orthopaedic Consultant, St. John's University, 1992-93
Medical Staff, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, 1989-92
Team Physician, New York Public School Athletic League, 1988-92



2015 Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award

2015 American Registry Most Honored Professionals Award

2015 Vitals Most On Time Doctor Award

2015 Vitals Patients' Choice Award

2014 Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award

2014 Vitals Most On Time Doctor Award

2014 Vitals Patients' Choice Award

2014 Vitals Top 10 Orthopaedic Surgeon Specialist Award

2014 Castle Connelly Top Doctors Award

2013 Vitals Patients' Choice Award

2013 Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award

2013 Nashville Lifestyle Top Doctor Award

2013 Castle Connelly Top Doctors Award

2013 Castle Connelly Top Doctor for 5 Years Award

2012 Castle Connelly Top Doctors Award

2011 Patient's Choice Most Compassionate Doctor Award

2011 Patient's Choice Award

2011 Castle Connelly Top Doctors Award

2010 Patient's Choice Most Compassionate Doctor Award

2010 Patient's Choice Award

2009 Patient's Choice Award

2008 Patient's Choice Award

1992 US News Top Doctor Award (NY Giants)

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