Rick Davis, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, TRIA Orthopaedic Center

Richard A Davis, MD

Orthopedic Surgery/Spine Fellowship


As an orthopedic surgeon, I’ve performed over 3,000 spine surgeries, ranging from complex revisions and spine trauma to minimally invasive surgery. My special interests are cervical spine problems, degenerative lumbar conditions, complex revision and spine trauma. While in Tennessee I provided spine care for the Nashville Predators (NHL), Olympic hockey players and Division I baseball and football athletes. In addition to treating patients I’ve instructed orthopedic residents and fellows, been an invited grand rounds lecturer at medical schools in the U.S., had a number of research studies published in spine journals and wrote book chapters on minimally invasive spine surgery and spine trauma. Also, I've designed a spinal implant used in procedures for cervical disc herniation surgery.


Cervical Spine Problems

Degenerative Lumbar Conditions

Complex Revision Spine Surgery

Spine Trauma



  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Madison, WI
  • General Surgery Internship, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Madison, WI


  • Spine Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pittsburgh, PA

Medical degree

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington D.C.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Regions Hospital,Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, St. Paul, MN
  • Chief, Division of Spine Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Department of Orthopaedics, Nashville, TN (2004-2010)
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University Medical School, Nashville, TN (2004-2010)

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Pathology Honor Society of National Association of Pathology Clinics
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Summer Research Fellow (2005)

Personal Interests

  • I enjoy time with my family, running, golfing and cooking