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 Syndrome Series Continues in SVMIC Sentinel

“The Case of Dr. H.” is the focus of Part III of an article series by TMF Medical Director Dr. Michael Baron. The article is published in the July edition of The SVMIC Sentinel. In the article, Dr. Baron takes a look at the drivers of physician burnout syndrome (PBS), as well as strategies to…

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Mindfulness Seminars Well Received at 2018 Caduceus Retreat

Mindfulness in Recovery was the focus for the TMF’s 32nd annual Caduceus Retreat, held June 22-24 at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Brentwood, TN. TMF officials said the 2018 event had the largest attendance ever by Physician’s Health Program participants and graduates. “It was the most well-attended Caduceus Retreat in my 16 years…

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