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Dr. R. Chris Glattes


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Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine

Dr. Rudolph Christopher Glattes specializes in Surgery of the Spine, having limited his practice to spinal surgery in 2002. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and continued his education with a surgical internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This was followed by a Spinal Surgery Fellowship, training with some the world’s most renowned leaders in the field at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Glattes is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the North American Spine Society.

As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Glattes has maintained a practice limited to spinal surgery and spinal rehabilitation since 2002. He served as an assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine for five years prior to joining Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics in 2008. He has developed excellent collegial relationships with other spinal surgeons in the Nashville area to provide multidisciplinary approaches to patient care.

Dr. Glattes is a team physician for both Belmont and Lipscomb Universities. He enjoys helping the professional, collegiate and high school level athletes reach their competitive goals. He has a special interest in daily lifestyle improvements for all of his patients. He strongly encourages his patients after completing their physical therapy regiments to move into specialized personal training for continued health and personal fulfillment.

His personal interests include time with family, exercise and weight training and managing their family farm in western Williamson County, Tennessee.

Dr. Glattes’ CV

Dr. Glattes’ specialties include:

  • Sports-related Injuries to the Spine
  • Cervical Spine Surgery, Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Adult Spinal Disorders
  • Cervical Trauma
  • Artificial Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Non-Operative management of spinal disorders
  • Motion Preservation Surgery of the Cervical Spine

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Elizabeth Bruce, PA-C

Originally from Wichita, KS, Elizabeth F. Bruce, a Physician Assistant (PA-C), received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Salus University, Elkins Park, PA. Prior to completing her graduate studies, Elizabeth attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science. Elizabeth works primarily with Dr. R. Chris Glattes, in support of his practice specializing in surgery of the spine.



Corinne Grgas, NP

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Corinne N. Grgas, a Nurse Practioner (NP), received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Belmont University. Prior to completing her doctoral studies, Corinne attended Trevecca Nazarene University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Corinne works primarily with Dr. R, Chris Glattes, in support of his practice specializing in surgery of the Spine.

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