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Claiborne A. Christian, M.D.

Dr. Christian has been taking care of Midsouth athletes and been an expert in the field of sports medicine for over twenty three years. During his fellowship at the University of Florida, he spent a full year of training on the treatment of sports related injuries and conditions at a center of excellence under the supervision of a team of world renowned sports medicine surgeons. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Medical School at the Medical College of Virginia, and Bachelor’s Degree at Davidson College.

As a former college baseball player, Dr. Christian understands well the demands of rigorous training for sports, as well as the balance that is needed to optimize sports performance especially following an injury. He believes that orthopaedic care should be tailored to each patient and include a multidisciplinary approach including treatment, physical therapy, and athletic training services. With this approach, patient athletes are able to maintain strength and flexibility throughout their treatment which can facilitate a faster return to their sport or activity.

For over twenty years, Dr. Christian has lived and taken care of patients in Southaven and DeSoto County. He has a passion for taking care of student athletes and getting them safely back to their sport. He is thrilled to be the team doctor for Northpoint Christian School.

In April of 2015, Dr. Christian joined OrthoMemphis when his practice, Mississippi Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, merged with OrthoMemphis.

Thomas V. Giel, III, M.D.

Dr. Giel is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery from the prestigious Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. The fellows from the Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center are known for their surgical expertise and utilization of state of the art technologies in orthopaedics.

As the St. George’s Independent School (SGIS) team doctor, Dr. Giel has enjoyed taking care of SGIS student athletes and their families. He believes that orthopaedic care should be tailored to each patient ranging from conservative treatment to arthroscopic tissue sparing techniques. Extensive physical therapy is also an important part of returning patients back to their sport or activity.

On a personal note, Dr. Giel spends most of his spare time with his wife and son.

David A. Deneka, M.D.

After graduating from Ole Miss, Dr. Deneka went to medical school at Vanderbilt followed by his residency at the University of Washington. When he was selected for his sports medicine fellowship by the American Sports Medicine Institute for his impeccable surgical skills, meticulous patient evaluations, and impressive training scores, Dr. Deneka spent an extra year training under world renowned sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. Dr. Andrews is the leading expert in the field of sports medicine and is the consultant and surgeon for many high profile professional and collegiate athletes.

Recently, Castle Connolly Top Doctors® selected Dr. Deneka as a Regional Top Doctor, after being nominated by peer board certified physicians. Honorees are selected from the nominees by the Castle Connolly physician-led research team based on criteria including their medical education, training, hospital appointments, disciplinary histories and more. Less than 5% of the nation’s licensed physician are selected. It is important to note that doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected.

Dr. Deneka completed his Subspecialty Certificate in Sports Medicine. The Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine is for those Board certified orthopaedic surgeons who have demonstrated qualifications in sports medicine beyond those expected of other orthopaedic surgeons by virtue of additional training, a practice characterized by a majority of cases in sports medicine, and contributions to this field. Applicants must have completed a 1 year ACGME accredited fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine. In addition, a 1 year case list must be submitted of at least 115 operative cases and 10 non-operative cases. 75 of the 115 operative cases must involve arthroscopy as a component of the procedure. The physician must also pass a 4 hour written exam.

For over 10 years, Dr. Deneka has served as the team doctor for Evangelical Christian School (ECS).  He enjoys taking care of ECS student athletes and their families. Prior to his time at ECS, Dr. Deneka was the Team Doctor for Middle Tennessee State University for seven years. He believes that orthopaedic care should be tailored to each patient ranging from conservative treatment with physical therapy and NSAIDs to arthroscopic tissue sparing techniques. All of his patients are treated like the professional athlete who needs to get back on the field.

On a personal note, Dr. Deneka spends his spare time with his wife and three boys.

Timothy H. Krahn, M.D.

Dr. Krahn is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery from the prestigious Jewett Clinic in Winter Park, Florida. The fellows from the Jewett Clinic are known as pioneers and leaders in orthopaedic surgery.

For over 20 years, Dr. Krahn has enjoyed taking care of patient of all ages with knee and shoulder conditions and injuries. He believes that orthopaedic care should be tailored to each patient ranging from conservative treatment to arthroscopic tissue sparing techniques. Extensive physical therapy is also an important part of returning patients back to their sport or activity.