Our Physicians

James Kimbro Maguire, Jr., M.D.

Spinal Disorders and Spinal Surgery Specialist (Neck & Back)


Dr. Maguire went to medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis and was honored to be inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. More than 50 Nobel Prize winners have been AΩA members. Dr. Maguire did his orthopaedic surgery residency at the world-renowned Campbell Clinic in Memphis. It is one of the oldest orthopaedic surgery programs in the country and has for many years published the multi-volume textbook considered to be the "bible" of orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Maguire spent a year in spine surgery fellowship training under the world-renowned pioneer in spine surgery Dr. Edward Simmons.

Dr. Maguire was the first fellowship-trained spine surgeon to come to Knoxville. He has more experience than any other spine surgeon in Knoxville having done over 5000 surgeries on the neck and back in the last 26 years. He is the only surgeon in Knoxville who is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society. This prestigious organization only accepts members who have contributed to research on spinal deformity. Dr. Maguire is also one of only three members of The American Orthopaedic Association in Knoxville. Orthopaedic surgeons who have made a significant contribution to orthopaedic leadership, academic education, research and in the practice of orthopaedic surgery are selected for AOA membership.

Dr. Maguire is also an active member of the North American Spine Society and has served on the editorial review board for the journal Spine. He currently serves as an oral examiner for The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

In his free time, Dr. Maguire enjoys the visual arts. He has been on the board of the Knoxville Museum of Art for over 20 years. He was elected chairman of the board in 1999 and won the Clayton Award in 2008. He also serves on the board of the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville. Dr. Maguire maintains an active lifestyle through running, working out, and playing tennis. 

He considers it a privilege to put his knowledge and experience to work for his patients.

Dr. Maguire's performance recognized 

Guided by experts, ProPublica calculated and compared complication rates for surgeons performing one of eight elective procedures over a three-year period from the Medicare database. They released this information to the public in 2015. Dr. Maguire had the fewest complications following posterior lumbar fusion of any surgeon in the area. For more information, click here.

Contact Information

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

Old Weisgarber Road

Fort Sanders West

North Knoxville Medical Center Physicians Plaza

Administrative Assistant


865-450-1231 or internal ext 4231

865-410-7890 or internal ext 7890






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What patients say about Dr. maguire

  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can now walk around without pain. My wife and I can get back to traveling to other countries and all across the USA in our motorhome. We were very active before my back problems. Now we can pick up where we left off. I am a 78-year-old retired college professor from North Alabama. I was a high school and college athlete during my younger years and continued with various sports and exercise programs in my young adult life and through the middle years. About the time of my retirement, I began to have lower back problems that brought pain and reduced physical activity. In 2006 I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis. Our local orthopedic physician recommended medication, physical therapy and spinal steroid injections over the years and this seemed to initially control the pain. After ten years the steroid injections would no longer handle the problem. In 2017 the pain became so intense that I began to look into surgery. There were no orthopedic spine surgeons in our small Alabama town. While we were visiting with our youngest son in Knoxville, I told him about my serious pain and back problems. He told me about KOC and their three widely recognized spine surgeons. The next day our son stopped in to see his friend Dr. Kimbro Maguire at KOC. When Dr. Maguire looked at the MRI, his first question was "Is your father still able to walk around?" At that point our son knew for sure that I had a serious problem. He made an appointment for me and I saw Dr. Maguire the next week. I was very impressed with Dr. Maguire's credentials and experience. He recommended immediate surgery and I agreed with his thorough evaluation and recommendations. The following week I checked into Tennova - Physician's Regional Medical Center and had my long overdue surgery. At the hospital, everything went great. Immediately following the procedure, my wife and I were so pleased that the leg pain was no longer there. Dr. Maguire was so easy to talk with and he answered all of my questions before and after the surgery. He was clearly a highly skilled and professional orthopedic surgeon and he was easy to talk with and get answers. I could not have been more pleased with my decision to have the operation and with my selection of KOC in Knoxville. Thank you for a wonderful medical experience... one that has truly changed my life!
    – Gerald, Florence, AL
  • Thanks to Dr. Maguire, my quality of life has been restored. I suffered with neck, shoulder and arm pain for three years, but 13 weeks after surgery all pain and discomfort are gone. Thanks to everyone at KOC that had any part in my surgery. Thanks again, Dr. Maguire.
    – Herman, Pineville
  • Thanks to my care at KOC, I can do the things I love to do without pain from my shoulder, neck and arm. I can visit with my family and friends, cook, and enjoy my later years free from pain. I first saw Dr. Maguire in 2004 after a three week span in terrible pain. A co-worker shared her story with Dr. Maguire and suggested I visit him. That was the best advice I received. Dr. Maguire ordered x-rays, therapy and then an MRI. I had a disc already ruptured. He performed surgery and immediately I had no pain. I have since had surgery on other discs, which a car accident may have contributed. I would and have recommended Dr. Maguire to other friends. I trust his care completely and would not think of going to another doctor if needed. His knowledge, compassion and care is truly outstanding.
    – Carolyn, Kingston
  • Since my back surgery by Dr. Maguire, I can return to normal activities, outdoor and farming. The relief of pain was amazingly quick.
    – Vernon, Russellville
  • Thanks to my care by Dr. Maguire by performing a spinal fusion and laminectomy, I can resume my exercise workouts and dance lifestyle!
    – Jennifer, Knoxville
  • Thanks to Dr. Kimbro Maguire and my Lamenectomy, I can walk without pain and stumbling! I have my life back!
    – Robert, Knoxville
  • "Thank you Dr. Kimbro Maguire, since my cervical & lumbar fusion I can now function very well with no back pain. I had a very good post-op course with no complications."
    – Denis, Knoxville
  • "Since Dr. J. Kimbro Maguire performed surgery to repair the slipped disc in my neck, I am living life without constant pain in my shoulders. Dr. Maguire was excellent to work with and provided all the information I needed. After six weeks of recovery, I feel like a brand new man. Thanks again Dr. Maguire!"
    – Donny, Corryton
  • "I am greatly pleased with my Lumbar Back Fusion surgery done by Dr. Kimbro Maguire. It has been four months since my surgery. I was past walking and now I am back to most activities."
    – Janis, Straw Plains


  • B.S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1978
  • M.D., University of Tennessee, Memphis, 1983


  • Methodist Hospital, Memphis, 1984


  • General Surgery, Methodist Hospital, Memphis, 1985
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, The Campbell Clinic, Memphis, 1988


  • Spine Surgery, The State University of New York, Buffalo, 1989

Began Practice At KOC

  • 1989

Board Certification

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Distinctions

  • Scoliosis Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Author of several articles related to spinal disorders


  • Spinal Disorders and Spinal Surgery