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

Physician Burnout, Part IV, Published in SVMIC Newsletter

The causes and consequences of Physician Burnout Syndrome (PBS) are the topic of Part IV of TMF Medical Director Dr. Michael Baron’s article series in the The SVMIC Sentinel. “Physician Burnout: Other Viewpoints” was published in the October issue of the SVMIC newsletter. Read the article in The SVMIC Sentinel. Read Part I, Part II, or Part…

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TMF Mourns Medical Director Emeritus Dr. Roland Gray

The TMF is mourning the loss of TMF Medical Director emeritus, Dr. Roland Gray. He died on Saturday, Oct. 6, after a long battle with cancer. “Dr. Gray was a trailblazer in Physician Health Programs (PHPs); a giver of his time and energy to those suffering from addiction; a teacher; a devoted family man; and a…

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