Physician's Health Program

We expect a lot from our physicians. They are constantly under pressure to perform and when making decisions that will affect the health and well-being of their patients, there is no room for error.

Physicians are human, too. They can succumb to addictions, emotional or mental illness, behavioral issues, stress and burnout, like everyone else. The difference is their problems can directly impact the safety of the patients they care for. Fortunately the Tennessee Medical Foundation's Physician's Health Program (PHP) addresses concerns that are specific to physicians, while working to protect the safety of patients in Tennessee.

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In 1978, the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees established a committee for the purpose of offering professional assistance to physicians suffering from chemical dependencies. In 1992, the TMA transferred oversight and management of the program to the Tennessee Medical Foundation (TMF),
a 501(c)3 organization.

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The mission of the Physician's Health Program (PHP) is to protect patients through identification, intervention, rehabilitation, and the provision of advocacy/support for physicians impaired by addictive disease, mental or emotional illness.


The TMF operates solely on contributions from individual physicians and the general public, hospitals, medical groups and other health organizations, as well as grants. You can help support the TMF through donations, annual gifts and planned giving. Please contact us and find out how you can support our program to help physicians heal.

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TMF News

TMF Physician’s Health Program Highlighted in New SVMIC Podcast Series

“I always knew that I would be caught.” That from a TMF Physician’s Health Program participant profiled in “Confessions of a Recovering Addict,” the premiere episode of SVMIC’s new podcast series, “Your Practice Made Perfect.” “Dr. Bob,” as he is called in the podcast, details a 15-year addiction as a practicing physician and the events…

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New TMF-Authored Series on Physician Burnout in SVMIC Sentinel

Health professional burnout is rising at an alarming rate and the TMF Physician’s Health Program is experiencing an increase in referrals for this and related emotional and mental health problems. The TMF is working with partner organizations to address rising rates of burnout, depression, and suicide among physicians and other medical professionals in Tennessee. State…

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