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

Doctors and Pilots Both Benefit from Recovery Monitoring Programs

Through Physician Health Programs and the airline industry’s Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) Program, doctors and pilots face the same rigorous treatment and monitoring that results in a greater than 80 percent long-term recovery. CBS This Morning recently did a story on the HIMS program, which shares a similar approach and model with physician health…

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Remember the TMF with Holiday Giving

It’s the time of year to remember loved ones; a time for healing, hope, and new beginnings. You can honor someone in recovery or someone who has been a big part of your own recovery journey with a special end-of-year, tax-deductible gift to the Tennessee Medical Foundation. Click here to donate online and dedicate your…

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2018 Caduceus Retreat

June 22–23, 2018

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel-Brentwood/Nashville