James N. Johnson, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM

Dr. Jim Johnson is Board-Certified in Family and Sports Medicine and is a Certified ImPACT Concussion Consultant

Dr. Johnson specializes in sports medicine, tendinitis, arthritis, and the treatment of overuse injuries for those ages 0 to 100+. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University and San Jose Medical Center in California.


Dr. Johnson is a clinical instructor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s department of family medicine, and also serves as a clinical assistant professor at Meharry Medical College. Among his affiliations with local, regional, and national sports teams, Dr. Johnson is a team physician for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team, the USA National Swim Team, Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Aquatic Club (NAC), and Lipscomb University.



  • All Sports-Related Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Acute and Subacute Sprain and Strain
  • Acute Disc Herniation
  • Work-Related Injuries


  • United States Air Force – Active Duty: July 1994 – Aug 1998
    • Captain: July 1994 – Feb 1998
    • Major (Select): Feb 1, 1998
    • Honorable Discharge: Aug 4, 1998
  • Officer Training School | Maxwell AFB, AL: July 1994
    • Top Performer
  • United States Air Force – Reserve: March 1989 – July 1994
    • Second Lieutenant


  • USOC Sports Medicine Society, Elected 2001
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • USA Swimming Sports Medicine Society
  • USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee
  • American Swim Coaches Association


  • Special Olympics Volunteer Swim Coach
  • Arthritis Foundation Board Member 2004-2007
  • USA Swimming Youth Swim Coach


  • 2005-present – Nashville Ballet, Company Physician
  • 2003-present – Nashville Aquatic Club, Team Physician
  • 2001-present – United States Olympic Team Physician
  • 2001-present – USA Swimming National Team Physician
  • Aug 2010 – USA Swimming Physician, Pan Pacific Championships, Maui
  • Jan 2009 – USA Swimming Physician, Pan Pacific Championships, Guam
  • March 2006 – USA Swimming Physician, FINA World Championships, Shanghai, CHINA
  • July 2005 – USA Swimming Physician, Duel in the Pool, USA vs. Australia, Irvine
  • Oct 2004 – USA Swimming Physician, FINA World Championships, Indianapolis
  • July/Aug 2004 – USA Swimming Physician, 2004 Olympics, Athens, GREECE
  • May 2004 – Event Physician, USA Gymnastics National Championship, Nashville
  • Jan 2004 – USA Swimming Physician, Queensland Championships, Brisbane, AUS
  • June 16-30 2003 – US Olympic Training Center Physician, San Diego, CA
  • 2003-2005 – Lipscomb University Athletics, Head Team Physician
  • April 2003 – Co-Medical Director, Country Music Marathon, Nashville
  • Jan 2003 – USA Swimming Physician, Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Sydney
  • 2001-2003 – Stanford Athletics Team Physician
  • Sept 2002 – Medical Staff, Stanford Cross Country Invitational, Stanford
  • Aug 2002 – USA Swimming Physician, Pan Pacific Championships, Yokohama
  • June 2002 – Medical Staff, USA Track and Field National Championship, Stanford
  • June 2002 – Covering Physician, US Open Track and Field Meet, Stanford
  • May 2002 – Covering Physician, NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship, Stanford
  • August 2001 – Covering Physician, USA Swimming National Championship, Fresno
  • August 2001/2002 – Covering Physician, Vineman Triathlon, Santa Rosa
  • July 2001 – Consultant Physician, Stanford Swimming and Cross-Country Champs
  • June 2001 – Covering Physician, US Open Track and Field Meet, Stanford
  • May 2001 – Covering Physician, NCAA Softball Regional, Stanford
  • April 2001 – Medical Director, Special Olympics Track and Field, Santa Clara
  • March 2001 – Stanford Team Physician, NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships, Long Island, NY
  • Event Physician, USA Swimming National Championships, Austin, TX
  • Feb 2001 – Covering Physician, Sybase Open ATP Tour Event
  • 2000-2001 – Associate Team Physician, San Jose State University
  • Assistant to Team Physician, Stanford University Women’s Swimming
  • December 2000 – Covering Physician, NCAA Women’s Soccer College Cup, San Jose
  • October 2000-2002 – Mass Physicals, Stanford University
  • October 2000 – Medical Director, Silicon Valley Marathon, San Jose, CA
  • April 2000 – WTA Tour, Bausch and Lomb Tennis Tournament, Amelia Island, FL
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After my injury, I was anxious about returning to normal activities. But, thanks to Dr. Johnson and his team, I was back in the gym and my regular routine in no time.

– Michael M., Nashville




Jen has worked with Dr. Johnson for more than four years and been in the health, fitness and sports field for over 15 years as a physical education teacher and coach, personal trainer, physical therapist tech, as well as in billing and administration.

She received a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health from Cedarville University, followed by a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jen is a proud native of Penn Yan, NY and a big fan of the NY Yankees and Giants. Fun fact: Jen served as captain of the 2001 NAIA National Cross-Country Championship Team in college.



Kyle has worked with Dr. Johnson for more than four years and in the sports medicine field for over eight years, serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the University of Florida football team under coaches Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp and an athletic training student for the University of Alabama football team under coach Nick Saban.


Kyle received a bachelor’s degree in Athletic training from Troy University and a Master’s degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida.


Kyle hails from Florence, AL and in his spare time, enjoys spending time with his wife and two dogs.


Emily Restin

Emily has been in the orthopaedics and sports medicine field for more than 2 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA.


Emily loves cats, Mexican food and live music. Fun fact: Emily is the only Georgia peach in her family – everyone else is from New York.