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Dr. Craig Ferrell dies of injuries following riding accident

Posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Dr. M. Craig Ferrell, of Franklin, a widely known orthopedic surgeon who grew up in Tullahoma, died on Memorial Day, May 28, at Vanderbilt Medical Center of injuries suffered when he was thrown from his horse during polo practice. He was 62 years old.

Dr. Ferrell was highly regarded by his colleagues, partners, others in the medical field and by the thousands of patients he helped in his 33 years of practice as founder of the Bone & Joint Clinic in Franklin and Nashville.

Expressions of sympathy and grief at his loss have been pouring in by the hundreds to his family.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, May 30, at Battle Ground Academy in the Harlin Student Center, 336 Ernest Rice Lane in Franklin. Eulogy reading will be held at 7 p.m.

A Funeral Mass will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Ave. in Nashville. Rev. Nate Wills CSC will officiate. Honorary pallbearers are partners of the Bone & Joint Clinic.

After graduating from The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Dr. Ferrell received his B.S. degree from Notre Dame University, his M.D. degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his internship and general surgery training from the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans. He completed his orthopedic training at Campbell’s Clinic in Memphis.

Dr. Ferrell earned numerous awards and honors from swimming and equestrian organizations, the Legend Award from Williamson County, and was named among the “Best Doctors in America” in 2011.

He was chairman and president of the Bone & Joint Clinic, secretary and chairman of the U.S. swimming team, chairman of the Tennessee Sports Medicine Committee, chairman of Brightstone Adult Handicapped Center, board member of Battle Ground Academy, Williamson Medical Center, and the Willis Campbell Foundation, professor and vice chairman of the Vanderbilt Orthopedic Department, and chairman of the FEI Medical Committee, International Horse Sports Governing Body.

He had served as physician for several U.S. Olympic and World Championship Swimming Teams and U.S. Olympic and World Equestrian Teams and FEI chief medical officer for the 2008 Olympic Games in China and 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky.

Dr. Ferrell was preceded in death by his parents, Joel and Rosemary Vogel Ferrell, who were well-known Tullahomans active in many aspects of the community. Tullahoma’s Joel Ferrell Outdoor Swimming Pool was named in his father’s honor.

Dr. Ferrell is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lorraine T. Ferrell; sons, Aaron (Tanya) Ferrell and Jonathan Ferrell; grandchildren, Kate and Michael Cannon Ferrell; brother, Jack Ferrell and wife Patty, and sister, Karen.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to BrightStone, 140 SE Parkway Ct. Franklin, Tenn. 37064. For online donations visit www.brightstone.org Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin is in charge of arrangements.