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About Tennessee Rheumatology

Tennessee Rheumatology is the private medical practice of Bob LaGrone. Bob serves Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. His mission is the early diagnosis and management of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, arthritis, and metabolic bone diseases such as (but not limited to) rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, scleroderma, gout, and osteoporosis. His goal is to provide a compassionate environment, with comprehensive and goal-oriented care for these often chronic conditions, and to use the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic tools to achieve this goal. Employing medication, injections, infusion therapies, and physical therapies, he strives to help his patients achieve remission when possible and to live healthy, productive lives.


Bob LaGrone, M.D.

The youngest son of two teachers, Dr. LaGrone, grew up in rural southern Georgia.  He came to Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate education, then, loving Nashville, he stayed for Medical School, Internal Medicine Residency, and fellowships in Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology.  Married with two daughters, Dr. LaGrone is an Elder in his church, and enjoys golf, Titans football, and travel.

Matthew Tanner (APA-C)

Matt Tanner is a 20-year veteran in multiple industries and leadership roles. He has served honorably as an NCO, chief warrant officer, and commissioned officer performing duties as an aircraft mechanic, Blackhawk pilot, and Army flight surgeon. He has five advanced degrees, the highest being a Doctor of Medical Science. Beyond the military, he serves his community as a firefighter and deputy sheriff. Outside of medicine, he spends his free time with his family and motorsport racing. He holds the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky as an honorary Kentucky Colonel as well. Dr. Tanner brings experience in dermatology, rheumatology, and aviation medicine to our team.

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