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Obituary | Donald L. Gaines

Donald L. Gaines, MD

Donald L. Gaines, MD died on October 14, 2021 at 87 years of age.The SRS was just recently informed of his passing.


He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 12, 1934 and grew up in Camdenton, Missouri near the Lake of the Ozarks.  He attended Itawamba Junior College on a baseball scholarship and transferred to and graduated from the University of Mississippi.  e earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in 1958 and joined the US Air Force Reserve as a flight surgeon.  Dr. Gaines completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Hospital. He then did a spine deformity fellowship in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He returned to Nashville, Tennessee to private practice.


 Dr. Gaines was a long standing member of the SRS and became an emeritus fellow in 1972.  


He was chief of staff at Donelson Hospital and subsequently at Summit Hospital until his retirement in 1999.  During his career he published two studies according to PubMed. He was a member of the Tennessee Orthopedic Society, Nashville Academy of Medicine, and the Davidson County Medical Society.


He was a well respected member of orthopaedics in Tennessee and his community.

Written by: Jay Shapiro, MD