Our Physicians

E. Michael Holt, M.D.

Biography

Dr. Holt is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who joined UOS in 1989 following his orthopaedic training at Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN. Prior to this, he completed his undergraduate training at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

With over 25 years practicing in orthopaedics in Knoxville, Dr. Holt is one of the most experienced orthopaedic surgeons in this region.  He has dedicated his current practice to problems involving the knee.  He treats knee injuries and pain ranging from adolescent patients up to more senior patients requirement knee replacement surgery.  Dr. Holt has treated a variety of knee problems such as sports injuries, wear and tear of arthritis as well as trauma.  Dr. Holt’s former patients include current and former collegiate and professional athletes.

Having performed thousands of knee replacement surgeries, Dr. Holt has kept abreast of the evolution of the most up to date surgical techniques and procedures available to deal with knee problems both surgical and non-surgical.  Dr. Holt does the majority of his procedures at the University of Tennessee Medical Center but also operates at Parkwest Medical Center.

Dr. Holt believes in a “team approach” to follow up knee surgery patients and his staff consists of both R.N.s and Physician Assistants to help get optimal results from surgery.

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Contact Information

Office Info

U.T. Medical Center
Professional Office Building F
1926 Alcoa Highway Suite 210
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone : 865.546.2663

West Knoxville
11440 Parkside Drive, Suite 110
Knoxville, TN 37934
Phone : 865.218.9300

Patient Testimonials

Mary

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can...now go anywhere I want and do everything myself. I'm able to watch my great grandkids and go to parks and ball games with them. I just wish I had the procedure sooner. The care I received from Dr. Holt, and his assistant Erin, are very special to me. I was recommended to Dr. Holt and anybody who asks me, I tell them he is the best in this field. I am so glad he was my doctor.

Mary, - 2 Total Knee Replacements
Tom

Thanks to my care at UOS, I have returned to doing things I could not do in recent years. I cannot say enough about the care I received from the surgery, to the short care I received at UT hospital, to the awesome therapy I received at Turkey Creek. I had one knee replaced on September 8, 2016 and the other on November 1, 2016. The surgeries were successful and the therapists at Turkey Creek became like a second family. Recovery from knee replacement is not easy, but the therapists helped to make it a truly awesome experience. I am grateful each day for Dr. Holt and his staff and for the therapists at Turkey Creek. I would recommend them to anyone who needs knee replacement and therapy that follows.

Tom, - Total Knee Replacement
Tammy

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can never explain how good it was to know that people really cared about i was going through.

Dr. Holt is a wonderful person that God has put here to help people and he does a great job. I have had both knees replaced now - I can walk without pain and I can play with my grandkids. Dr. Holt always explained everything to me so that i could understand and answered all my questions. He has a great bed side manner. THANKS Dr. Holt.

Tammy, - Total Knee Replacements
Barb

Thanks to my care at UOSortho, I can walk without pain. After 3 months I was released to continue my life with my new knee. Dr. Holt and all the folks working with him, helped me get back on my feet and I am doing well. My care was excellent by UOSortho. I would highly recommend Dr. Holt any time for a knee replacement.

Barb, Knee Replacement
William

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can... bend my knee back, walk as good as before my surgery. It takes about a good yr to get over the surgery, or it did me because I have a blood condition, and I was 73 when I had the surgery done. I am sure if you are younger you bounce back a lot better.

I would recommend Dr Holt, he a very good doctor, hope to never ned another replacement but if I did , I would want dr Holt to do the surgery.

William, Total knee replacement
Gaylan

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can now walk without pain-thanks to Dr. Holt. He, along with his assistant Erin took great pains to explain everything to me before the surgery. Then the procedure went very smooth and in 5 weeks I was able to graduate physical therapy. Life was about back to normal!! Thanks much

Gaylan, Total knee replacement
Denise

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can...now go back to having a normal life. For over a year prior to the surgery, I could barely walk and wore a steel knee brace all the time to walk as well as I did. It has been 3 months since my surgery and I am already back to my normal activities. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Holt. He has been not only a great surgeon, but he is kind and caring---not arrogant like so many ortho surgeons are.

I went to therapy for six weeks and have done all the exercises that I was told to do. It does exactly what the doctor and the therapist said it would. It gave me my life back.

Denise, Total Knee Replacement
Marilyn

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can...Walk without pain

Dr Holt and his staff were outstanding . The treatment I received was so professional and caring.. I truly they are miracle workers. I can function without pain for the first time in years.

I would highly them to anyone who wants the best there is.

Marilyn, Total Knee
Tom

"When I hobbled into Dr. Holt's office in October of 2013, I was not hopeful for a fix for my knees after being told by another physician two years prior I was not a candidate for knee replacement surgery. Five short weeks after double knee replacement surgery, my son and I hiked five miles at ElkMont and I have never looked back. Under the care of Dr. Holt, I am able to enjoy life again and making memories with my family hiking, biking, dancing and much more!"

Tom, Knee Replacement, Maryville, TN
Malinda

"Dr. Holt has been providing care for our family for years. After years of hiking, tennis and a career in nursing, I became a patient and underwent OXINIUM bilateral knee replacement. His sincere and courteous bedside manner combined with his professionalism and expertise are unmatched and as a patient I truly believe I recovered faster and stronger under his direct care."

Malinda, Knee Replacement
Connie

"First I would like to thank God and next thank Dr. Holt and his team for giving me back my life. I had for many years been going to another doctor which wanted me to lost a lot of weight before he would do my surgery. I tried to lose but could not because when you can not walk, it is very hard to lose weight. I am sure the other doctor is a good doctor but this was just his policy.

I am so glad my son found you Dr. Holt, and your team, because I was on my way to a wheelchair. And now people see me and can not believe the difference this surgery had made. I can not believe it myself. I can go to any store or estate sales now. I have also lost 40 lbs since my first knee surgery in April.

MY WORLD'S A LITTLE BRIGHTER!

I will continue to try to lose more weight because now I love to walk. I will forever hold Dr. Holt and his team close to my heart. God bless each of you."

Connie, Knee Surgery
Raymond

Thanks to my great care at UOS, I can...now get around like i haven't in YEARS

Raymond  
Georgia

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can...walk without pain.

I am particularly grateful to Dr. Holt for doing this surgery as another doctor had refused to do the surgery because I was past 80 years old. He did a great job and I had no complications. Thank you, Dr. Holt!

Georgia, Knee Replacement
Margie

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can... Work pain free while standing on my feet all day. I can walk pain free and climb stairs. Walking does not hurt my back and hips because of how I was walking before the procedure.

I had my first knee done in December and had no problems. Walking on my own within a week and a half without a walker or cane. No real pain that bothered me. Great, quick recovery back to work in 6 weeks at a standing job. Had second knee done at end of May. Pain was a little more than first procedure but tolerable with pain meds. Did not reach full range of motion quite as quick but doctor gave me a steroid injection and it made a real difference was back to work in 6 weeks. Over all I feel both procedures went well. I did a lot better with the first procedure than I had expected and recovery was faster than expected. I have been recommending Dr. Holt to all my friends and a lot of people have asked what Doctor did my surgery because of the speedy recovery with no complications.

Margie, Knee Replacement x2
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Education

  • B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1979
  • M.D., University of Tennessee Center for Health Services, Memphis, Tennessee 1983

Internship

  • General Surgery, Methodist Hospital – Central Memphis, Tennessee 1985
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Campbell Foundation, Memphis, Tennessee 1989

Began Practice At UOS

  • 1989

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1991

Professional Distinctions

  • Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
  • Tennessee Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Knoxville Academy of Medicine, Inc.
  • University Medical Associates, Inc.
  • Willis C.Campbell Club
  • Knoxville Orthopedic Society
  • Tennessee Orthopaedic Society
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons