Our Physicians

Robert E. Ivy, M.D.

Hand Surgery Specialist


Dr. Robert Ivy earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University in 1983. He was awarded the prestigious Justin Potter Academic Scholarship to Vanderbilt Medical School and graduated in 1988. Dr. Ivy was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

He completed a one year general surgical internship and four year residency program in orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Ivy finished his training with a one year fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the nationally renowned Indiana Hand Center in Indianapolis.

Dr. Ivy joined Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic in 1994. He is a specialist in the treatment of hand and elbow disorders. He has been selected by his peers to the "Best Doctors in America." In addition, he has been voted by Knoxville's Cityview Magazine to the "Top Docs" list.

He is a member of multiple medical societies including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Ivy is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and possesses the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certificate of Added Qualification in surgery of the hand. He has presented at multiple medical meetings and authored a book chapter in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Ivy is also the hand consultant to the University of Tennessee Athletic Department.

Dr. Ivy and his wife Carney have been married for more than 25 years. They have three children. He and Carney are very active in their church and children’s activities. Dr. Ivy enjoys hiking, backpacking, and cycling in his spare time.


Contact Information

Office Info KOC: 865-558-4400
Appointments: 865-558-4444
Office Location

Old Weisgarber Road

Fort Sanders West

North Knoxville

Administrative Assistant


865-558-4412 or internal ext 4412

865-410-7889 or internal ext 7889

Pictured Below: Dr. Ivy Performing Surgery



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What patients say about Dr. ivy

  • Thanks to my carpal tunnel release, I can sleep without a brace on my hand! No more waking up in the middle of sleep due to numb fingers or burning pain. I can't wait to get my left hand fixed too!
    – Joe, Maryville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can continue to live a more productive life. I have been a registered nurse for 35 years. I had developed a Duyputren's contracture which was starting to make my job duties difficult, from gloving for procedures to doing things which require fine motor control and hand strength. I had done my research on Duyputren's. I was aware of the treatments and pretty much what one could expect a competent physician to do. Dr. Ivy did it by the book, displayed great competence with the procedure, and had great bedside manner. For the follow up release procedure he did a great job. It was as close to pain free as one would expect with a procedure like this, and for the first time in a few years my hand and finger are straight. This will enable a few more productive years as a nurse for me. The hand is a very complicated organ,and you don't want to trust it to just anyone. Dr. Ivy is someone you may trust your hand to with confidence!
    – David, Oneida
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can use my thumb when writing and many other things without pain. I had a severe arm trauma to my right arm in 2005. Dr. Ivy took care of me doing surgery and repaired as much as could be done to save my arm. It was a very traumatic accident and I don't think I would have survived what I had to go through without Dr. Ivy! I also had carpel tunnel surgery under his care, and again was so pleased with the outcome! He is an amazing doctor and I have recommended him to so many people who have also been very pleased with him. I wouldn't go anywhere else! I highly recommend to use him for any of your arm or hand needs! He is the best!
    – Pam, Helenwood
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, the revision of a previous attempt in NC to fuse my left thumb was successful! I can move my thumb more freely with almost no pain whatsoever, and this is with several wires running through it. I am really pleased that the fusion was successful and even though I had a second surgery on my left thumb, the fact that I have less pain is amazing to me. Thanks to Dr. Ivy, all went very smooth and fusion accomplished. Great job.
    – Kathy, Townsend
  • I can say that I am well pleased with all my contact at KOC, starting at the check in to the waiting room (not long there) to the procedure room.
    Everything seems well organized and professional. Dr. Ivy and the nurses and assistants were very helpful and informative. They explained all the procedures to me. Dr. Ivy told me my choices to fix my fingers and let me decide what way I wanted to go. It sounds horrible to stick a needle in the pad of your hand, but it really did not feel that bad. I could feel the medicine in the needle go up my finger to the tip and the finger really relaxed. We did this a few times and then I had to elect surgery and it went very well. He is a very kind and informative doctor. I trust him and his judgment.
    – Jim, Knoxville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can now operate both hands. I love Dr. Ivy. He is the best. He operated on my left hand for trigger finger and right hand for carpal tunnel. The surgery went great. Thanks to his knowledge, I was never in pain. I am returning for a third time for something different. I trust him with my life! Thank you, Dr. Ivy.
    – Frances, Rockwood
  • My carpal tunnel surgery was a great success so I can once again use my right hand. I would recommend Dr ivy to anyone.
    – Carol, Knoxville
  • "I have had three different surgeries by Dr. Robert Ivy with fantastic care ...the last was right thumb CMC joint arthroplasty. I was so impressed with the level of compassion and care from Dr Ivy. He doesn't just see "the patient", but rather the "whole person" in distress. I never felt rushed, as he always took his time and listened carefully to all your concerns and fears. Dealing with him was like taking counsel with a dear friend on issues very important to you. When he performed my surgeries I had complete confidence in him for a great outcome and I certainly was not disappointed. If ever I have a problem again, it will be to him that I will go. I have referred Dr. Ivy to everyone that I know; consequently, two friends over the past year have gone to him and they, as well, have had marvelous results. I strongly recommend him for any problem that you might have with your hands or wrists.

    I can again use my right hand without constant and unbearable pain. I no longer have to worry about dropping things and trying to exist without the use of that hand."
    – Barbara, LaFollette
  • "I have prayed and searched for a doctor for years that would be so kind and gracious to assist me in relieving the pain in my wrists that was operated on by another surgeon in 2007 and 2008. I couldn't do anything about it and it kept me up many, many nights. I searched for years for a doctor that was special in that way to take me in and be caring enough to do everything he could to relieve my symptoms. That is very important to me and makes Dr. Robert Ivy a true specialist. He knew what to do and didn't suggest any procedures that could hinder me further in the future. He commits to the care of his patients. I admire him for taking on my situation that other doctors would not touch within miles. He has helped me more than any other doctor that I have gone to.

    Dr. Ivy has given me several options of care for my wrists that help decrease the pain when they hurt so bad that I feel like I can't take it anymore. The tens unit gives me relief on the worst of days and the patches work great when I have to mop the floors or do activities around the house. The injections of cortisone shots instantly took the pain away for days. Being his patient and what he did for my wrists, was the greatest I've felt since surgery.

    Thank you, Dr. Ivy, for taking me in as your patient and helping me deal with this life changing experience. My life will never be the same, but knowing there are still people that care about people makes me very blessed. I'm blessed to have you for my doctor. I will certainly recommend you to all my friends and family members."
    – Sandra, Clinton
Robert E. Ivy, MD


  • B.S., Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1983
  • M.D., Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, 1988


  • General Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1989


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 1993


  • Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Indiana Hand Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1994

Began Practice At KOC

  • 1994

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1996
  • Certificate of Added Qualification for Surgery of the Hand, 1999

Professional Distinctions

  • Justin Potter Medical Scholar, Vanderbilt Medical School
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Presentation to the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • Presentation to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Orthopaedic Specialty

  • Evaluation and Surgery of Elbow, Wrist and Hand Disorders
  • Congenital Hand Deformities
  • Microvascular and Nerve Reconstructive Surgery