Where were you in 1978?
The Tennessee Medical Foundation was in its inception -- an idea inspired at a national conference on Impaired Physicians that was brought home by leaders of the Tennessee Medical Association and grew into what is now known as the Tennessee Medical Foundation and its Physician's Health Program. The TMF is celebrating its 45th year as a lifeline for physicians and other health professionals struggling with addiction, mental and behavioral health disorders and other conditions that impact their health and their ability to care for their patients.
In September 1978, Tennessee Medical Association President John Dorian, MD, attended a presentation on impaired physicians at a national American Medical Association conference; he returned home determined to address the problem in Tennessee.
The TMA Board of Directors established a Committee on Impaired Physicians, with William C. Anderson, MD, as volunteer and then part-time medical director. Dr. Anderson’s vision and dedication to helping troubled physicians across the state laid the foundation for the program in the decades to come.
Sadly, we have lost four of these revered TMF leaders: Dr. Dodd in December 2010; Dr. Anderson in November 2013; Dr. Gray in October 2018; and Dr. Dorian in July 2021. We honor their legacy of the past 45 years, and pledge to carry on the mission to Save Lives, Save Careers far into the future.
Everyone deserves a second chance.
Give now to ensure that Tennessee health professionals receive that through the TMF for decades to come.
Read more about our history, founders, and timeline, as well as our activities and outcomes for the past year in our 2022 Annual Report.