Dr. Michael Christie

Michael Christie, M.D., M.P.H. is the founder and Chairman of Walk Strong, a nonprofit medical humanitarian organization which provides free knee and hip replacements for patients in developing and underserved countries. Walk Strong’s medical mission teams of doctors, nurses, physical therapists and other volunteers are committed to helping those in need by restoring their mobility, self dignity, productivity and helping patients return to a normal life.

Dr. Christie is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in primary and revision total joint replacement and is the founding partner of Southern Joint Replacement Institute in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where he was Director of the Joint Replacement Service and founded the Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Vanderbilt University. Currently he serves as the Medical Director of the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized, St. Thomas Hospital Joint Replacement Center and is the Director of the Vanderbilt/Southern Joint Replacement Institute Total Joint Fellowship.

 A graduate of DePauw University, Dr. Christie received his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University, and his M.D. from Loyola University in Chicago. After completing his orthopaedic residency at Loyola, he completed a fellowship at Harvard University’s Combined Orthopaedic Program for Joint Replacement and Adult Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

An internationally recognized lecturer and author in the field of joint replacement, Dr. Christie has a special interest in complex revision surgeries of the hip and knee. He remains active in clinical research, teaching, and orthopaedic implant design.