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

Elizabeth Bruce, PA-C

Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Bruce has more than 11 years’ experience as a certified physician assistant. Prior to joining Advanced Sports Medicine, she worked for eight years as a physician assistant for a spinal surgeon. Her knowledge and expertise enable her to treat patients of all ages with injuries and ailments from head to toe, and she ensures all patients receive the attention and treatment needed to heal and recover well.


Lizzy graduated from the University of North Carolina and was later awarded her Masters of Medical Science from Salus University. She also has an impressive swimming resume as a collegiate swimmer and USA Olympic Trial qualifier competitor in 2000 and 2004. She continues to enjoy swimming and participating in outdoor activities, such as kayaking, hiking, or skiing. Lizzy recently found a new skill for making piñatas and is open to recommendations on new ones to make!

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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



Kyle Walker, MS, ATC,

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.


Sydney Clark,

Sydney is an aspiring sports medicine physician and is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at Lipscomb University. With ACL injuries of her own, her knowledge and interest in sports medicine has served her well and made her a valuable part of our team as Dr. Johnson’s scribe.

Sydney is from Crossville, Tennessee, but has loved living in Nashville the past several years for school. She loves trying all of the new coffee and dessert shops in Nashville with her friends! Some of her other hobbies include reading books and listening to new podcasts in her spare time.