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 chose the Medical Society of Tennessee to ensure the
good health of Tennesseans.
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
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.