Two OrthoSouth Physicians Achieve Certified Physician Status Through the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation

Jun 24, 2024 at 09:18 pm by pjeter


OrthoSouth is pleased to announce that Dr. Sam E. Murrell, board certified orthopedic spine surgeon, and Dr. F. Gregory Wolf, who is board certified in orthopedic surgery have received certification as Certified Physicians through the Tennessee Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

The Certified Physicians Program (CPP) is a relatively new voluntary program designed to train and certify physicians “to perform all of the tasks that the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Law requires,” per the Tennessee Department of Labor website. The program has two main goals: increasing access for injured workers to trained physicians, and reducing the number of days that injured workers are out of work.

Many of the complex processes involved in handling work injuries are not taught in medical school, including the processes of determining causation and maximum medical improvement, the Bureau’s definition of permanent impairment, modified duty, etc. A physician who completes voluntary CPP training has demonstrated a willingness to take on the extra responsibilities that come with providing care for patients injured at work.

Dr. Murrell has long worked in the area of workers’ compensation services for spine care, and he currently serves as the Governor’s appointed medical representative to the Tennessee Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council.

He practices at OrthoSouth offices in East Memphis, Germantown, Southaven, and Hernando with a focus on orthopedic spine surgery for disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Dr. Wolf practices at OrthoSouth offices in East Memphis and Bartlett. He focuses on sports medicine and arthroscopic procedures for shoulder and knee injuries, and also treats conditions involving the elbow, wrist, hand, and ankle.

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