Dr. Griffith utilizes minimally invasive and innovative arthroscopic and open techniques to treat shoulder, knee and elbow injuries. He is the Head Team Physician for the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Swarm, and serves as the venue medical director for the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, featuring members of the U.S. Olympic Team. In addition, he’s Team Physician for Forsyth Central, Denmark, and West Forsyth High Schools. Some of his special interests include: rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability repair (labral tears and dislocations), anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, knee ligament surgery, meniscal repair, ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John” surgery), elbow ligament and tendon repairs, and total shoulder replacement. He also performs complex and revision surgical cases.
Dr. Griffith attended the University of Georgia where he earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with Highest Honors from the University of Georgia Honors Program. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia for medical school, earning an election into the exclusive national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Griffith completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he served as an administrative chief resident and was honored for consistently scoring in the 99th percentile on his orthopedic in-training examination. Following residency, he was awarded a sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University in New York City, New York, working with Drs. David Altchek, Russell Warren, Riley Williams, Scott Rodeo, Robert Marx, and Stephen O’Brien. During this fellowship he served as a team physician for the New York Mets.
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University, Sports Medicine and Shoulder, New York, NY
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia, M.D., Augusta, GA | Alpha Omega Alpha
Undergraduate: University of Georgia, B.S., biochemistry and molecular biology, Athens, GA | Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude with Highest Honors from the University of Georgia Honors Program
- Atlanta Braves, Head Team Physician
- New York Mets, Atlanta Affiliate Team Physician
- Georgia Swarm, Head Team Physician
- Forsyth Central High School, Team Physician
- Denmark High School, Team Physician
- West Forsyth High School, Team Physician
He has authored multiple research publications and book chapters and has lectured on the local, regional, and national level on topics including: ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, the biomechanical stabilizing properties of the medial collateral ligament of the knee, revision reverse total shoulder replacement, throwing shoulder injuries, and baseball medical team management. He has published multiple articles in leading orthopedic journals including the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), and Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy (KSSTA). He also serves as a scientific reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
- Revision Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction in Professional Baseball
- Successful Performance After Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction
- Outcomes of Repeat Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
- Elbow Injuries in the Adolescent Thrower
- Distribution of Force in the Medial Collateral Ligament Complex During Simulated Clinical Tests of Knee Stability
- Comparison of Outcomes Based on Graft Type and Tunnel Configuration for Primary Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction in Professional Baseball Pitchers
- Correlation of Rehabilitation and Throwing Program Milestones With Outcomes After Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction
Bowers RL, Lourie GM, Griffith TB. Diagnosis and Treatment of Posteromedial Elbow Impingement in the Throwing Athlete. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2022 Aug 25. doi: 10.1007/s12178-022-09789-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36006592.
ACCOLADES & ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr. Griffith, who is a team physician for the Atlanta Braves, was one of the authors of this study – the largest known series on revision UCL reconstruction in professional baseball. The study was published in The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine and focused on 69 professional baseball players who underwent revision “Tommy John” surgery from 2010 to 2016 after having a previous “Tommy John” procedure. This publication is just one of several studies that are part of Dr. Griffith’s MLB research, and more studies will be released in the coming months.
To read more on the study: https://bit.ly/30KnaP2
Dr. Griffith has been chosen as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2022. Castle Connolly identifies Top Doctors based on an extensive nomination process. The national physician-led research team reviews and rigorously screens all nominated physicians before selecting those regarded as the most outstanding healthcare providers in the country.
Dr. Griffith has been chosen as a Top Doctor in Georgia Trend Magazine’s inaugural list of the state’s top physicians. He was chosen based on an extensive nomination process which included peer voting and reviews of government sources.
Dr. Griffith discussed sports specialization, the dangers of starting at too young of an age, what people can do to limit their risk while at the same time raising their potential, and how injuries, dropout rates and sports costs are all on the rise.
Krush Performance is a nationwide podcast in Canada hosted by Jeff Krushell, an MLB strength and conditioning coach, who focuses on the science of human performance and talent development. Click on this link to hear his interview with Dr. Griffith.
MEDIA & RESOURCES
Watch a testimonial from Dr. Griffith’s patient.