Medical Director

John J. McGraw, Sr., M.D.


Dr. McGraw joined the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic in 2003, after 14 years of practice in Laurel, Mississippi. He anchored the Jefferson City office and practiced at Tennova/Jefferson Memorial Hospital where he served as Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery until his retirement from active practice in August 2015. He still serves on the hospital Board of Directors.

Dr. McGraw was elected a Jefferson County Commissioner in September 2014 and serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Secretary of the Nominating Committee.

COL (retired) McGraw served in the US Air Force and US Army for a combined 34 years of credentialed service. He served 3 combat deployments with the latest being Afghanistan in 2011-2012. He received multiple military honors including the Meritorious Service Award. His military career combined service in the active duty, Reserve and Air National Guard arenas.

Dr. McGraw and his wife Ann make their home on a cattle farm in New Market where he serves on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson County Livestock Association. They have two grown children and 6 grandchildren.

In 2007-2008, Dr. McGraw served as President of the Southern Orthopaedic Association (SOA). In 2009, he was elected to represent SOA on the Board of Councilors (BOC) of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He was elected Secretary of the BOC and ascended to the Chair of the BOC 2014-2015, also serving on the Board of Directors of the AAOS.

Recently, Dr. McGraw was selected to serve on the Communications Cabinet of the AAOS as the liason to the AAOS Council on Advocacy. He has a passion for advocacy on behalf of orthopedic patients nationwide and especially here in East Tennessee.