John Turnbull, MD

John Turnbull, MD

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Orthopaedic Surgery



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Areas of Interest/Expertise

Total Joint Replacement

  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
  • Anterolateral Hip Replacement
  • Simple Revision Hip Replacement

Sports Medicine

  • Knee Arthrosocopy
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Rotator Cuff Repair

Hand Surgery

  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Trigger Finger Release


  • Low Energy Extremity Fractures



Dr. John M. Turnbull is a native of Livingston, Tennessee. He returned home after extensive training to provide the residents of the Upper Cumberland region with specialized orthopedic care. He is proud to serve patients in Cookeville, Tennessee, at Tier 1 Orthopedic and Neurosurgical Institute.


Dr. Turnbull graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University, earning a degree in chemistry. As a varsity baseball player at Vanderbilt University, he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll and served as team co-captain his senior season. He then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


While at Wake Forest, Dr. Turnbull was honored with the Resident Training Award and also served as team physician for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team.


Dr. Turnbull’s special interests in his general orthopedic practice include arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, as well as hip and knee reconstruction. His interests also include treating sports-related injuries. Whether you are a high-level collegiate athlete or a 50-year-old weekend warrior, Dr. Turnbull will help you get back in the game.


Dr. Turnbull is a member of the medical staff at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, where he served as chief of the surgery department in 2010. He also maintains privileges at Livingston Regional Hospital and White County Hospital.


Outside of medicine, Dr. Turnbull enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys woodworking, golfing, running, and fly fishing.