Physicians Regional Medical Center

900 East Oak Hill Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
P: (865) 545-8000

Turkey Creek Medical Center

10820 Parkside Drive
Knoxville, TN 37934
P: (865) 218-7011

W. David Hovis, M.D.

W. David Hovis, M.D.

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. David Hovis is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon and one of the few Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine Specialists in East Tennessee. Dr. Hovis specializes in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Knee and Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Athletic Injuries, Cartilage Restoration, Total Joint Arthroplasty, and Makoplasty.

Robotic Expertise:
Dr. Hovis was one of the first Orthopaedic Surgeons in East Tennessee to adopt the MAKOplasty Procedure for partial knee replacement. He also performed the first MAKOplasty Hip Procedure in the state of Tennessee.

MAKOplasty® is a breakthrough procedure in knee replacement enabled by robotic arm technology that allows the surgeon to perform surgery precisely through a smaller incision as compared to traditional replacement surgery. Dr. Hovis uses the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System to precisely place the implant selected for your knee. The precise placement of the implant aided by 3-D imaging and the robotic arm lead to better surgical outcomes than are possible through manual placement. Additionally, the preservation of your own natural bone and tissue may also result in a more natural feeling knee. And since healthy bone is preserved, patients who undergo MAKOplasty® partial knee procedures may still be candidates for a total knee replacement procedure later in life if necessary.

Professional Experience:
Dr. Hovis earned his Medical Degree with honors from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He completed a General Surgery Internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX and an Orthopedic Residency with honors at the University of Texas-Southwestern, also in Dallas, TX. In addition, Dr. Hovis fulfilled a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, CO, where he served as an Assistant Team Physician for the Denver Broncos Football Team. Dr. Hovis completed a Traveling Fellowship in Shoulder Surgery at the University of Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. Hovis serves as a Team Physician for the United States Alpine Ski Team and works with the Olympic Committee. His research on Sports Medicine and Treatments for Knee and Shoulder Injuries is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Known for his knowledge of cutting-edge procedures and products, Dr. Hovis is a sought after international and national presenter.