Historic Highlights

Dr. Willis C. Campbell


Dr. Willis C. Campbell opened his practice in Memphis. He would become one of the world's preeminent leaders in the advancement of orthopaedic medicine

The University of Tennessee


Dr. Campbell organized the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University.

Crippled Children's Hospital


Memphis' first Crippled Children's Hospital was started by the King's Daughters with the support and encouragement of Dr. Campbell. Patient care was donated by Campbell Clinic Physicians until the hospital was sold to Methodist Health Systems in the 1970's.



Dr. Campbell established the orthopaedic residency program which has trained over 400 of the world's finest orthopaedic surgeons.


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) was founded by Dr. Campbell, who served as the first elected president.



To perpetuate Willis Campbell's commitment to the advancement of orthopaedic medicine, his partners established Campbell's Foundation. Over the years, the Foundation has received support from grateful patients, staff members, former residents, and numerous organizations. Image Drs. Spencer Speed, Harold Boyd, J. F. Hamilton, & Hugh Smith


A long-standing information informal arrangement was made official, and the department became the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. All Campbell Clinic surgeons hold faculty appointments in this department and work closely with its research scientist in a "bench to bedside" approach to solve orthopaedic and musculoskeletal problems.


The Department was expanded to include Biomedical Engineering, and became known as the UT-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering. William M. Mihalko, M.D., Ph.D., was named as the J.R. Hyde Chair and Director of the Biomedical Engineering group. The biomedical engineering program is a joint program with the University of Memphis.


The 12th edition of Campbell's Operative Orthopaedicswas published. The four-volume textbook contains over 4,000 pages, with more than 1,800 descriptions of orthopaedic procedures and over 9,000 illustrations. It remains as the top-selling orthopaedic textbook in the world, and has been translated into seven languages.  The Campbell Clinic and its faculty and staff appreciate all feedback regarding content and layout in all current editions of their publications.


The UT-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering continues to conduct extensive clinical research, and to share our findings with the world.