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 Office Move: Making Your Donor Dollars Work Harder

The move is complete! The Tennessee Medical Foundation is settled in its new offices in the Maryland Farms office complex in Brentwood. Rising rent prices in the previous location launched the search for a new home late in 2017. Apart from moving expenses, the TMF expects to see significant savings over the next five years.…

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Dr. Baron Featured Speaker at TriMED Healthcare Education Summit

TMF Medical Director Michael Baron, MD, MPH, will present a CME course on physician health and wellness at the inaugural TriMED Healthcare Education Summit, happening Sept. 8-9 at the Nashville Music City Center. Dr. Baron’s course will be presented as a lunchtime keynote session at the Summit, from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 8.…

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