In Memoriam: O. Tom Johns, Jr., M.D. (1947-2019)

In Memoriam: O. Tom Johns, Jr., M.D. (1947-2019)

It is with profound sadness that we announce that Dr. O. Tom Johns, one of the leading physicians in our Murfreesboro location, passed away Sunday following a brief illness. Dr. Johns was a beloved physician with TOA, and was the team physician for MTSU athletics for 40 years. His care and compassion for his patients as well as the many high school and MTSU athletes were without compare. While he exemplified what it is like to be an orthopedist, he was perhaps even more remarkable for his commitment to his faith and family. His legacy will be felt throughout TOA for many years to come. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Betsy, his children, and the thousands of people who knew him as a friend and benefited from his care. April, 2, 2019

Dr. O. Tom Johns Left Lasting Imprint on Murfreesboro Sports Medicine


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


- Middle Tennessee State University (B.S. - Chemistry - 1968)

Medical School:
- University of Tennessee, Memphis, Tennessee (M.D. 1972)

- Research in Scoliosis and Gait Analysis Laboratory, Vanderbilt University Hospital and Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee (1974-1975)


Dr. Johns has been a team physician for Rutherford County and MTSU Blue Raider athletes for over 30 years. His favorite place to be is on any sport sideline.

Dr. Johns has a strong interest in athletic trainer education and has helped establish these programs at MTSU.

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 received his B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his medical degree from University of Tennessee, Memphis. His orthopaedic training and residency was at Vanderbilt University hospitals.


  • Member 1996 Olympic Medical Team, Track and Field, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Delegate for The State of Tennessee, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2000-2003

Team Physician

  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Middle Tennessee State University