L. Shay Richardson, M.D.

L. Shay Richardson, M.D.
General Sports Medicine
Interventional Musculoskeletal Medicine

Shay Richardson has primary residency training in Emergency Medicine and sub-specialty in Sports Medicine and Interventional Pain Medicine. He is one of the only physicians in the country who holds this unique combination of specialties. He completed his two-year fellowship in Sports Medicine and Interventional Pain at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, the largest Sports Medicine Fellowship in the country, where he was named Outstanding Sports Medicine Fellow. Over the course of his training, Dr. Richardson served as a physician for numerous high school and college programs including the Texas Christian University football and basketball programs. He also served as the event physician for a variety of sporting events including the US Senior Open, the Dayton Air Show and Golden Gloves Boxing.

Prior to his fellowship training, he performed his residency training at Wright State University School of Medicine in Emergency Medicine and he completed his Medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a minor in Biblical Studies from Cedarville University.

With his combined training, he is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Pain Medicine. His focus with the practice will be Non-operative Sports Medicine and Interventional Musculoskeletal Medicine. Dr. Richardson also assists Dr. Robertson as team physician of the Chattanooga Lookouts.

A native of Ohio, Dr. Richardson was a four-year starter as a college basketball player, scoring over 1000 points during his college career. During his high school basketball career, he received district, regional and state player of the year honors and his high school jersey was retired. Earlier this year, Dr. Richardson was inducted into his high school hall of fame.

Dr. Richardson has three children; Carley, Elyjah and Judah. He and his wife, Candie, live with their children in Hixson. Dr. Richardson enjoys sports, outdoor activities, music and spending time with his family.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Chattanooga and surrounding communities by participating in their medical care. As a dual fellowship trained Sports and Pain physician, my goal is to prevent musculoskeletal injuries and pain from impeding my patients’ quality of life. – Dr. L. Shay Richardson
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Patient Comments
  • “I was very impressed with Dr. Richardson and Jordan, his nurse. He listened to my concerns and took them into consideration.”
  • “The most well ran clinic that I have ever had to visit!”
  • “Dr. Richardson was extremely personable and kind. After being told my injury was “nothing” at the ER, Dr. Richardson was quite upset for me. He recognized my pain and injury as a something of importance, whereas the night before at the ER I had been brushed aside. Dr. Richardson was very thorough in his examination of my knee. He helped keep the environment friendly and less intimidating, as doctors often can seem.”