Dr. Paul Grutter, MD

Dr. Grutter shoulder surgeon nashville tn

Dr. Grutter is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder surgery, arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement.  He trained at the most well known and respected medical center in the world, Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Grutter is board certified in both Orthopaedic surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and is fellowship trained in Shoulder and Elbow surgery.


Dr. Grutter was previously an assistant Orthopaedic surgeon for the Baltimore Orioles and has provided Orthopaedic care for numerous Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Polish and British Special Forces as well as the US Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army and Coast Guard.


Having been a former collegiate scholarship athlete, Dr. Grutter commonly cares for athletes of all kinds.  Dr. Grutter played on two NCAA Division II playoff football teams and was the team captain of the 1994 team which finished ranked 9th in the nation. He was a 1st team MIAA All-Conference inside linebacker and a NCAA Division II All-American. 


Medical School

University of Missouri-Columbia



Detroit Medical Center / Wayne State University



Johns Hopkins, Baltimore Maryland - Shoulder and Elbow Surgery


Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons



Areas of Specialty

Rotator Cuff Repair

Total Shoulder Replacement

Total Knee Replacement

Anterior Total Hip Replacement

Cartilage Repair & Transplantation

Knee Arthroscopy

Partial Knee Replacement


Military Service and Commendations

United States Air Force

Army Commendation Medal for meritorious achievement and meritorious service during Operation Enduring Freedom, Forward Operating Base – Salerno, Afghanistan

Air Force Commendation Medal for outstanding achievement and meritorious service to the United States Air Force 

NATO Medal for service in relation to ISAF Operation

Air Force Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Star in recognition of service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom

Army Combat Action Badge in recognition of Soldiers personally engaged by the enemy

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border

National Defense Service Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and was a member of the Honor Flight - USAF Officer Training School.