An esteemed, award-winning Middle Tennessee surgeon died suddenly over the weekend in Maury County, his family announced.

Dr. Allen F. Anderson, who worked with the Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance, was 67. According to his family, Anderson died Sunday on his farm.

The cause of his death was not immediately known.

Born on Nov. 16, 1949, Anderson was a graduate of University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and he completed a residency in orthopedics at Vanderbilt University and was board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in general orthopedics with a certificate of added qualification for Sports Medicine.

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He was a specialist in sports medicine with a keen interest in knee injury and ligament reconstruction and published over more than 100 scientific manuscripts in peer review journals and 26 book chapters.

Anderson received numerous awards and was recognized as America’s Top Physicians 2004-2012 from Consumer’s Research Council, elected to Best Doctors in America by Peers 2007-2008, Nashville Business Journal Top Doctor 2016-2017.

He served in the leadership of many societies including: being the Associate Editor of the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine and The American Journal of Sports Medicine, serving as President of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the board of directors of several other related societies.

His family said his  greatest joy was Jesus and spending time with his beloved wife, Candy, and three sons, Brian, David and Chris. He leaves behind five grandchildren: Evie, Ben, Eleanor, Caroline, and Francis Allen (slated to be born Thursday), two daughters-in-law, Jeanna and Laura, two sisters, Holly Wilds and Noel Anderson, and one brother, Gary Anderson, nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends.

Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Obituary: Dr. Allen F. Anderson

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