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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 began his career in the armed forces where he spent nearly 15 years serving in various capacities. Upon leaving the service he began his career in medicine. He has a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from Bethel University, a Bachelor of Science in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in natural science. If all of this was not enough, Matt enjoys spending his free time serving as a Deputy Sheriff in Coffee County, a volunteer firefighter for Ashland City, a flight surgeon in the Tennessee Army National Guard, and currently a Doctor of Medical Science fellow at University of Lynchburg.

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