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

Check and Update Your Professional Data — Accuracy is Crucial

By Michael J. Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM Medical Director Every few weeks we receive a phone call asking for help — not with substance use, addiction, or a mental or behavioral health problem, our usual areas of assistance. Instead, these calls are more related to sins of omission: demographic, professional, health, or other personal information…

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TMF Mourns One of Its Founders: Dr. John Dorian

Dr. John B. Dorian, one of the founders of the Tennessee Medical Foundation Physician’s Health Program (TMF-PHP), died on July 2, 2021 at age 95. The TMF is deeply saddened by his loss. “When I first met Dr. Dorian and learned of his accomplishments, I was reminded of the phrase, ‘Standing on the shoulders of…

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