About Us


The TMA was founded in 1830 as the Medical Society of Tennessee at the prompting of the Tennessee General Assembly. Lawmakers said then that “health is universally acknowledged to be essentially necessary to the happiness and prosperity of society” and, recognizing that the health and prosperity of a state are directly proportional to the health of its citizens, chose the Medical Society of Tennessee to ensure the good health of Tennesseans.

The TMA today continues fulfilling that charge. We enhance the effectiveness of physicians throughout the state and protect the health interests of patients by defining and promoting:

  • Quality, safe and effective medical care;
  • Public policy to protect the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship and improve access to and the affordability of quality medical services;
  • Ethics and competence in medical education and practice; and
  • Open communications between the medical profession and the public, fostering a better understanding of the capacities of medical practice.


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Our Staff

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Our Staff

Board of Trustees

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Click the link below to access our current TMA Policy Manual. This manual contain current policies of the association as adopted by our House of Delegates over the last seven years. If you have questions about our policy-setting procedures or specific policy, please contact our staff at 800-659-1862 or send us an email.

Policy Manual

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Position Statement on Health System Reform

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Annual Report