Thomas Bradbury, MD


Thomas Bradbury, MD, is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. He holds clinic at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center at Executive Park and performs surgery at Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital (EUOSH). He started practicing at Emory in 2007.


  • Anterior Approach for Joint Replacements
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Single Incision Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Resurfacing Arthroplasty of the Hip
  • Computer assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
  • Revision Hip Arthroplasty
  • Revision Knee Arthroplasty
  • Periprosthetic Hip and Knee Infections
  • Femoral Osteochondroplasty
  • Lower Extremity Trauma

Areas of Expertise

  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Computer Navigated Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
  • Multimodal/Pre-emptive analgesia for hip and knee arthroplasty

Groundbreaking Research and Clinical Trials

Dr. Bradbury enjoys hip and knee arthroplasty because of the consistency of success in the properly selected patient. Dr. Bradbury's professional goal is the improvement in quality of life for patients with pain secondary to hip and knee problems.

His research interests center around infections involving hip and knee replacements which are rare, but difficult problems. Dr. Bradbury is researching the success rate of current treatment methods for hip and knee replacement infections caused by resistant bacteria (MRSA). Through his research, he hopes to find better way to both prevent and treat periprosthetic hip and knee infections.

Single Incision Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty

This exciting alternative technique for hip replacement surgery allows the surgeon to expose the hip without disturbing muscular attachments to the bones around the joint. In addition, the procedure allows easy repair of the capsule of the hip joint. This allows the hip to remain stable after surgery and prevents the need for "dislocation precautions." The approach involves a single, short incision over the front of the hip joint as opposed to the side or back of the hip. The procedure is performed on a special orthopaedic table which features independent leg spars. These spars allow the leg to be positioned so that access to the joint occurs without the need to remove muscle or tendons from the thigh bone. Currently, the procedure is unique to Emory in the Atlanta area. Dr. Bradbury has performed the surgery on a wide variety of patients, ranging in age from the early forties to the mid eighties.

The Road to Emory: Education

  • Medical School: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 2001
  • Internship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 2002
  • Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN 2006
  • Fellowship: The OrthoCarolina Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction Fellowship, Charlotte, NC 2007

Major or Recent Publications

  • Fate of Acute MRSA Periprosthetic Knee Infections Treated by Open Debridement and Retention of Components. AAHKS - Journal of Arthroplasty Special Supplement. 2009.
  • Acetabular Component Options in Total Hip Arthroplasty. "Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Hip," Brown et al. 2009.
  • Preventing the popeye deformity after release of the long head of the biceps tendon: an alternative technique and biomechanical evaluation. Bradbury T, Dunn WR, Kuhn JE. Arthroscopy. 2008 Oct; 24(10):1099-102.


Dr. Bradbury and his wife, Julie, live in the metro Atlanta area. They have three children: Tommy, Molly and Brooks. His interests outside of medicine include: aviation, running, and hunting