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David A. Deneka, M.D.

Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Work Injuries, Orthostat Urgent Care, General Orthopaedics


Sports Medicine, American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL


Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Medical School

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN


Unversity of Mississippi, Oxford, MS


BA in Biology

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

  • Tennessee Orthopaedic Society

  • Memphis Medical Society

  • Memphis Orthopaedic Society

  • American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society

  • Team Doctor for Evangelical Christian School (ECS)

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.