Neeru Jayanthi, M.D.

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Associate Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

Emory University School of Medicine


Tennis Medicine Program

Office: Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine at Johns Creek

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics, Sports & Spine

6335 Hospital Pkwy
Ste 302

Johns Creek, GA 30097


  • Medical School, Layola Stritch School of Medicine , Maywood, IL
  • Residency, Rush- Illinois Masonic Family Practice , Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship, Primary Care Sports Medicine, Indiana University and Methodist Sports Medicine , Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Jayanthi is considered one of the country’s leading experts in youth sports health, injuries and sports training patterns, as well as an international leader in tennis medicine.  He is currently the President of the International Society for Tennis Medicine and Science (STMS) and a certified USPTA tennis teaching professional.  He has also been a volunteer ATP physician for 15 years and serves as a medical advisor for the WTA.  He has been selected to the board for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) twice, and serves as a Consultant for the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) COSMF, Aspen Institute, and Mom’s Team.  He previously was the medical director of primary care sports medicine at Loyola University Chicago prior to being recruited to Emory where he will lead an innovative tennis medicine program.     

He has been a course director nearly 30 times and an invited speaker over 150 times at local, regional conferences as well as at national Academy conferences, International Sports Medicine, Tennis Medicine, USTA, USPTA, and PTR conferences.  Dr. Jayanthi is an active teaching faculty at Emory University, has numerous publications and book chapters on his research of young athletes and tennis players, and has been featured and/or appeared on NPR, New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.  Dr. Jayanthi’s practice is open to all children and adults with non-surgical issues related to activity and sports; he particularly loves working with young athletes of all sports, and tennis players of all ages.  He will see patients at the John’s Creek and Executive Park offices.  Dr. Jayanthi enjoys playing and competing in tennis, and spending any time he can outside with his wife and 2 sons.


  • Volunteer of the Year (tournament physician) for all volunteers (>1200) for service during one week ATP professional tennis tournament in Indianapolis, IN, 2007
  • Recipient of the Dan Conroyd Award, Loyola University Athletic Department recognizes at Loyola staff member that has provided dedicated service and contributions to Loyola Athletics, 2009
  • Best Research paper, 2011, Journal Medicine Science in Tennis.  Jayanthi, NA, Dechert A, Durazo R, Luke A, “Training and Specialization Risks in junior elite tennis players”, Journal of Medicine Science and Tennis:  February, 2011: Vol 16, No 1, pp14-20.
  • “Top Doctors of Chicagoland Western Suburbs;” only primary care sports medicine doctor listed by Castle Connolly, 2014
  •  "Teaching Faculty of the Year" teaching award by the Loyola PMR residency program, 2015
  • "Faculty of the Year" awarded by the Loyola-Cook County Family Practice Residency program, 2015

Organizational Leadership Memberships

  • International Society for Tennis and Medicine Science (STMS), President, 2015 – 2019
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), Board Of Directors,(including re-election in 2014 for another 2 year term),2012 – 2016
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), Chair Membership Committee, 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics Council of Sports Medicine Fitness (COSMF), Consultant, 2014 – present
  • Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Professional Tennis Tour Player Development Advisory Panel, Medical Advisor/Consultant, 2014 – Present