Physician's Health Program

We expect a lot from our health professionals. 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.

However, they are human, too. They can succumb to burnout/stress, addictions, emotional or mental illness, and behavioral issues, 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 health concerns that are specific to health professionals 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 and other health professionals 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 Receives Opioid Abatement Grant for OUD Education, Recovery Support, & More

The Tennessee Medical Foundation is among 85 organizations across the state to receive grant awards in the first round of funding by Tennessee’s Opioid Abatement Council. The TN OAC was created to manage the disbursement of proceeds from lawsuits relating to opioids. A total of $81 million in grants was approved in March 2024. “The…

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37th Caduceus Retreat Focusing On “Your Future Self” – REGISTER NOW

TMF Physician’s Health Program participants and graduates can register now for the 2024 Caduceus Retreat. The 37th retreat is scheduled for Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN. Details and links are on the TMF Caduceus Retreat web page at This year’s Saturday program, entitled “Your Future…

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