Public invited to learn more at free surgical technology showcase


Williamson Medical Center along with surgeons from the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee will offer patients a first-hand look at new CT-guided technology that is making shoulder replacement more precise and helps restore patients’ quality of life. The free showcase event will be held on Tuesday, October 30, beginning with dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation at 6 p.m.

Surgeons Ian Byram, M.D., Christopher Stark, M.D., Paul Thomas, M.D. and Todd Wurth, M.D. will provide demonstrations and explain how this latest breakthrough in surgeon controlled, computer-assisted surgical technology offers a patient-specific solution for shoulder joint replacement surgery.

Williamson Medical Center recently invested in the ExactechGPS® system, a new CT-guided technology for shoulder replacement that is currently the only one of its kind. According to Chief Executive Officer, Don Webb, Williamson Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the state that are using this shoulder replacement technology.

“Williamson Medical Center and the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee are proud to offer world-class technology and surgical advancements for our patients. These kinds of investments are part of our overall commitment to be the region’s quality healthcare leader,” said Webb. “The ExactechGPS® technology provides our skilled surgeons the ability to plan and perform shoulder reconstructions with greater precision than ever before and deliver exceptional outcomes for our patients.”

Successful surgical outcomes on the shoulder joint are directly related to the placement of the implants. Using this technology helps surgeons better understand each patient’s unique anatomy so they can align implants specifically to their body. In complex shoulder replacement cases, using this technique allows surgeons to place implants more accurately where a few millimeters can make a significant difference.

“This is a really exciting technology, and we look forward to offering it to our patients and answering their specific questions about shoulder replacement options,” says Dr. Ian Byram, a shoulder specialist at the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee.

The community showcase event is offered free-of-charge, however, seating is limited. Call (615) 435-6780 to reserve your seat.



Williamson Medical Center is a national leader in orthopaedic surgical care. It has been recognized as being in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the United States for spinal surgery and fusion for medical excellence in quality and complication rates. WMC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for the management of Joint Replacement-Hip, Joint Replacement-Knee, and Joint Replacement-Spine Surgery. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. It has also earned the 2018 Medical Excellence Award from CareChex®, a division of Comparion®. CareChex® is a medical quality rating system designed to assist hospitals in improving the quality of inpatient care and promoting medical excellence to consumers, payers and employers. Williamson Medical Center performs more than 3,150 surgical orthopaedic procedures annually.



The Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee was formally established in 2018, but its legacy goes back to 1979 with the founding of Franklin Bone & Joint Clinic. In 2009 the successful practice was acquired by a larger healthcare organization and continued to thrive under the leadership of long-time Bone and Joint surgeons. In 2017 Williamson Medical Center announced plans for the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, a partnership between the Franklin hospital and more than a dozen orthopaedic specialists. Our nationally-recognized surgeons have expertise in a number of specialties including fracture care, joint replacement, sports injuries and spinal care. The Institute is temporarily located on-site in Williamson Tower, located at 4323 Carothers Parkway, in Franklin. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (615) 791-2630.