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   AAOSSmallTree2.bmp       A traditional symbol of orthopaedics is the bent tree that has been braced to make it grow straight.

Why we call it "orthopaedics"

Since orthopaedics' beginnings, its specialists have treated children suffering from spine and limb deformities. The Greek roots of the word "orthopaedics" are ortho (straight) and pais (child). Early orthopaedists often used braces or other forms of treatment to make the child "straight."

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Dr. Walter C. Chapman- deceased (1938 – 2008) established Greeneville Orthopaedic Clinic in 1974 and was the first board-certified orthopaedic surgeon to establish a practice in Greeneville.  Greeneville Orthopaedic Clinic is the longest standing orthopaedic practice in Greeneville.  Dr. Chapman left his mark in the community and region both in connection with his surgical practice and his strong interest and involvement with the area schools sports medicine programs.  As a volunteer, he served as Greeneville High School team doctor for some three decades and was instrumental in the formation of the Greene County Sports Medicine Association, an organization that has worked to place athletic trainers in the county high schools.  Because of his long-standing involvement with student athletes, Dr. Chapman was honored as the “Sports Medicine Person of the Year” by the Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Association (TATS) in 2001.  In May 2005, Dr. Chapman was honored as a “Friend of Education” for his support of the Greeneville High School athletic department over the years. 


Dr. Richard Pectol and Dr. John Freeman currently retain the practice and continue their support in the area sports medicine program.  The practice will be celebrating 35 years of service in July 2009.



November 03, 2008


Greeneville High Honors 'Doc' Chapman

Sun Photo by Phil Gentry
The family of the late Dr. Walter C. Chapman gather on the field at Burley Stadium Friday night for the unveiling of the bronze plaque which will be placed at the entrance to the training room at Greeneville High School. From left: granddaughters Brittany Chapman and Lisa Chapman, Mary Chapman (wife of son Walter Jr.), grandson Will Chapman, son Walter Chapman Jr., son John Chapman, sister Mrs. Evelyn Brown, widow Jan Chapman, and son Wilton Chapman.

Published: 2:06 AM, 10/25/2008 Last updated: 2:11 AM, 10/25/2008


Source: The Greeneville Sun


Sports Editor

The late Dr. Walter C. Chapman, described by Greeneville Board of Education Chairman Jerry Anderson as "one of Greeneville High School's best sports ambassadors," was recognized Friday night at Burley Stadium with the unveiling of a plaque which will be placed at the school's training room which has been named in his honor.

Members of Dr. Chapman's family were on hand for the unveiling of the bronze plaque to be placed at the entrance of the training room at the stadium.

The Greeneville Board of Education voted unanimously in September to name the training room in memory of Chapman, who for some 30 years was a fixture on the sidelines at GHS football games and other school sporting event.

"Dr. Chapman provided not only medical assistance, but also financial assistance and mentoring to hundreds of student athletes over the years," Anderson said during the ceremony, held in a steady drizzle at mid-field prior to the kickoff of Friday night's football game with Morristown East.

During his time as GHS team physician, Anderson said it was estimated that Chapman personally attended over 500 sporting events in which the Greene Devils were involved.

"One family member said that 'Doc couldn't stand the idea of not being here if a player was injured,'" Anderson noted.

Dr. Chapman was instrumental in establishing the athletic trainer system at Greeneville High, and he dedicated years of effort with many other doctors and coaches to ensure that GHS athletes would receive the best medical care possible, Anderson told the crowd.

Anderson also asked that all local physicians, coaches, assistants and student athletes who worked with "Doc" during his tenure as team physician to stand, and many fans in the stands did that.

This past spring, the Chapman family established the Dr. Walter C. Chapman Sports Medicine Scholarship at Greeneville High for a student athlete with a financial need and who exhibited outstanding leadership and citizenship qualities both on and off the field.

"The naming of the training room and the scholarship in his name would have made 'Doc' extremely proud," the family noted in a statement. "It is a fitting legacy that 'Doc's' commitment to helping young people succeed in life will be remembered for many years to come."

Dr. Chapman's family members present for the ceremony were his widow, Jan Chapman; his children: Walter and wife Mary; John; and Wilton and wife Lisa and their children, Brittany and Will Jr. Also present was Dr. Chapman's sister, Mrs. Evelyn Brown.

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