Our Physicians

Brian M. Tonne, M.D.


Brian M. Tonne, M.D., joined University Orthopaedics in 2012. At an early age working at his family’s business on the Ohio River, Brian recognized his passion for helping people and fixing things and appreciates the opportunity to continue to do both as an orthopaedic physician today.

He graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio with an undergraduate degree and continued on to earn his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2006. Dr. Tonne completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He also recently completed a fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dr. Tonne specializes in the treatment of pelvis and acetabular fractures, as well as the treatment of injuries throughout the arms and legs.  Being able to intervene and restore function to injured patients is what drives him in his daily work. 

Dr. Tonne also routinely performs knee and hip replacements for patients with chronic joint pain due to arthritis.  Minimally invasive direct anterior hip replacement is an option for most surgical candidates with hip arthritis. 

Dr. Tonne recognizes the importance of educating future physicians.  He holds a faculty position at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  He is also on the faculty of AO North America, a premier organization dedicated to the improvement of care of patients through education and research.   

robotic arm assisted technology

Dr. Brian Tonne, demonstrates UTMC Advanced Orthopaedic Center's Mako robotic arm assisted technology, used in partial knee, total knee and total hip replacement surgeries.

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

U.T. Medical Center Regional Health Center
1130 Middle Creek Road
Sevierville,TN 37862
Phone : 865.546.2663

Patient Testimonials


Thanks to my care at UOS, I can... Now walk, bend, drive, and put on my shoes and socks without pain, and have a range of motion I've not had in years!

Dr Tonne was professional, but also very friendly and told me all the details of the procedure the first time we met. His talents changed my life. In the future I'll have him do my total knee replacement.

Will, Left Hip Replacement

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can walk and enjoy my life without pain.Thank you Dr. Tonne.and your staff for every thing that was done for me.

Jo, Left Hip Replacement

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can use both of my hands after having the radius and ulna bones fractured in both arms caused from a horse accident in June. Dr. Tonne did an exceptional job repairing the damage. Healing well and able to use my hands and wrists has been a blessing. Dr. Tonne had me returning until mid September to make sure everything was as should be. Thanks to this doctor, I am going to be able to do what I love most... riding!!

Kim, Radius and Ulna Fractures in Both Arms/Titaum Plates

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can live my normal life again, and enjoy going to sporting events. I can also go to the gym and not have a lot of pain afterwards.

Dr. Brian Tonne was my trauma surgeon in the trauma bay at University of Tennessee Medical Center back in June of 2016. I had a unusual accident that left me in a wheelchair and not able to walk for a couple of months. My right knee was pretty bad and Dr. Tonne completely put it back together with a metal plate and 20 screws. He completely reconstructed my right femur at the bend of the knee. That was only 10 months ago. I am now able to bend my knee with complete full range of motion and I dont limp. I walk and I am in the gym on the elliptical and using weights to keep strength. He did an amazing job on my scars as well. I am blessed and very thankful for Dr. Brain Tonne and his team. I would highly recommend him for any surgery, he gives time in each visit to answer questions and fully explain all concerns. Thank you UOS! The services you provide have been amazing!

Erica, Reconstructed Femur Surgery in the Knee

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can…In Feb. 2015 my 17 year old sustained a severely broken leg when his ATV hit a car head on. Due to the road conditions we took him to the nearest hospital where his initial surgery was done. After 3 months he was showing no signs of healing and still not able to walk. A friend advised we see Dr. Tonne. He immediately did a series of blood test to determine the delay in healing and found he had a staf infection from the previous care. Approximately 1 1/2 weeks later, Dr. Tonne completed the necessary bone graph and several weeks of antibiotic for the infection.

Dr. Tonne and his team are amazing! They have a heart for their patients and you feel you are important them.

We wish we had taken him here initially. A lot of healing delay could have been avoided. We will continue to use this team for any future needs as well as highly recommending this team to everyone.

Lisa, Bone Graph

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can...return to normal activities, serve my Lord Jesus and share my blessing. Thanks for my great UOS medical care and God's healing hands.

Robert, Total Knee Removal - chronic sepsis treatment (months) then total knee prosthetic implant

Thanks to my care at UOS, I can proudly say my knee replacement followed the 2-2-2 recovery schedule without a unexpected situation. 2 days go home, 2 weeks remove staples, and 2 months to finish recovery and then take the time for necessary leg muscle growth to get full recovery.

Dr. Tonne did a great job on the operation. Although I hopefully do not have to have the other knee replaced, should it become necessary, I would like for Dr. Tonne preform the operation.

Stan, Knee Replacement
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  • B.S. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2001
  • M.D. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006

Internship & Residency

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio


  • Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

Began Practice At UOS

  • 2012

Board Certification

  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Organizations

  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Honors & Awards

  • Cincinnatus Scholarship, University of Cincinnati 1997 – 2001
  • Admission With Distinction Award, University of Cincinnati 1997
  • Johnny Bench Scholarship, University of Cincinnati 1997 – 2001
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, University of Cincinnati 2001
  • Balfour Fellowship, Sigma Chi Fraternity, University of Cincinnati, 2003 – 2006
  • Medical Student Category Winner, Poster Presentation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2005
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Liaison 2009 – 2010
  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Education Committee 2009 – 2011