Tennessee Rheumatology

Optimistic Goal-Oriented Compassion

Our Doctors

Bob LaGrone, M.D.

The youngest son of two teachers, Dr. LaGrone grew up in rural southern Georgia.  He came to Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate education, then loving Nashville, he stayed for Medical School, Internal Medicine Residency, and fellowships in Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology.  Married with two teenaged daughters, Dr. LaGrone is an Elder in his church, and enjoys golf, Titans football, and travel.

Deaver Collins, M.D.

Dr. Collins is a Nashville native and second-generation graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School. He was also educated at Amherst, Yale, and finally the University of Alabama in Birmingham for his fellowship in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Collins and his wife, Rebecca, are happy to return to Middle Tennessee, where their son and daughter live with their families. He is a member of Christ Church Cathedral and enjoys hiking and canoeing.

Contact Us

2001 Charlotte Avenue Suite 102 Nashville TN 37203 USA 36.156738 -86.803854


About Tennessee Rheumatology

Tennessee Rheumatology is the private medical practice of Bob LaGrone and Deaver Collins that serves Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. Our mission is the early diagnosis and management of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, arthritis, and metabolic bone diseases such as (but not limited to) rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, vasculitis, scleroderma, gout, and osteoporosis. Our goal is to provide a compassionate environment, with comprehensive and goal-oriented care for these often chronic conditions, and to use the full range of diagnostic and therapeutic tools to achieve this goal. Employing medication, injections, infusion therapies, physical therapies, and our in–house pharmacy, we strive to help our patients achieve remission when possible, and to live healthy, productive lives.