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

Register Now for 2017 Annual Caduceus Retreat

Registration is open for the 2017 Caduceus Retreat. The 31st annual retreat held by the TMF Physician’s Health Program is slated for Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Brentwood, TN. PHP participants are required by their contracts to attend; graduates are encouraged to attend to continue learning…

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TMF Welcomes New Medical Director Dr. Michael Baron

The TMF Board of Directors welcomes Michael Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM, who joined the Foundation as medical director effective February 1, 2017. Dr. Baron succeeds Roland W. Gray, MD, DFASAM, who served as medical director of the TMF from 2002 to 2017. “The strong foundation that Dr. Gray has laid for the TMF has been…

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2017 Annual Caduceus Retreat

June 23–25, 2017

Four Points by Sheraton Hotel • Brentwood, TN

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