Dr. Venkat Ganapathy is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor & Director of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at the University of Tennessee College Medicine, Chattanooga, TN.
Expertly trained by renowned leaders in spine surgery and with two spine fellowships, Dr. Ganapathy is a highly skilled surgeon who treats in all types of adult spinal conditions. He specializes in the treatment of spinal deformity such as scoliosis and kyphosis, neck and back problems that cause pain, weakness, clumsiness, numbness, tingling and balance issues and treats spinal fractures & injuries, degenerative conditions, infections and tumors of the spine. He strives to provide the highest quality of evidence-based and patient-centered spine care employing traditional procedures and state-of-the-art operative techniques including minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Ganapathy has research interests and has published articles in leading peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, fellow of the The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada , the North American Spine Society (NASS), the Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA), the American Orthopedic Association Emerging Leaders (AOA) and AOSpine. In 2018, Dr. Ganapathy was selected by the American Orthopaedic Association to serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS), an international orthopaedic journal.
My Approach to Patient Care
Fellowship trained in complex spinal surgery, I believe in a holistic approach to patient care by involving patients and families in their treatment. Non-surgical treatment of spinal conditions should always be the first choice and surgical interventions should be carefully thought through. Success with any treatment modality goes beyond the treatment itself. I strongly believe in understanding a patient's problem in context with their lifestyle, circumstances, and perspectives. It is only with such active engagement of patients in their care that we can enhance understanding of medical problems to reach realistic treatment goals and to meet their expectations. My career background as a family physician and specialized training in spinal surgery has afforded me the best of both worlds by striving to provide compassionate and loving patient-centered care. I have made an irrevocable commitment in my practice to treat every patient as my own kith and kin by making collaborative and informed decisions to achieve the best outcomes. Spinal surgery is more than technical excellence, and there is no better specialty than spine to apply the famous saying: "good surgeons know how to operate, better ones when to operate, and the best when not to operate." I have always lived with that motto to do what is best for my patients. That is my commitment and my promise.
Dr. Ganapathy's Healthgrades
Dr. Ganapathy's CV
Influence of postoperative sagittal balance and spinopelvic parameters on the outcome of patients surgically treated for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis
Evidence-based indications for ankle arthroscopy
Early cystic lung disease in a premature neonate with perinatally acquired capnocytophaga
Dr. Ganapathy featured in The Washington Post: "Doctors told this 20-year-old his back pain wasn’t serious. Then he couldn’t walk"