Published on December 08, 2021

Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Christian Estes Announces Retirement from Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics

Orthopedic surgeon, R. Christian Estes, M.D., is retiring from Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics (SESM) a department of Pardee Hospital. Dr. Estes’ last day with SESM is Dec. 31, 2021.

Dr. Estes spent the majority of his 34-year career in Hendersonville. In his seven years with SESM, his practice was dedicated to the care of shoulder, knee and ankle injuries of recreational and “working” athletes, with an emphasis on improving his patients’ quality of life. As a World Champion in Karate, he offered a unique perspective in the treatment of recreational and working athletes. “I have greatly enjoyed my time with Southeastern and I have had an incredibly rewarding career,” said Dr. Estes. “There is nothing more gratifying than helping athletes get back to their sport and I am grateful for all my patients who placed their confidence in me over the years.”

Dr. Estes completed his medical degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio, followed by an internship and residency at the Baylor Scott and White Clinic & Hospital. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Estes has served as the team physician for Henderson County Schools since 1991.

Outside of practicing medicine, Dr. Estes is an accomplished martial artist. He has trained for 48 years in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Karate and Kobudo attaining the rank of Hachidan (8th. Degree Black Belt, Kyoshi), and is past National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Kobudo Gold Medalist and World Champion in Karate. 

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