Dr. Elise Denneny Named TMA President 

May 19, 2019


The Tennessee Medical Association has named Elise C. Denneny, MD, FACS as President. She will serve a one-year term as the public representative for the nonprofit advocacy organization’s 9,500 physician members, and will hold a seat on the TMA Board of Trustees. She is the 165th physician elected to serve in TMA’s top role and the third female President in the association’s long history.

Dr. Denneny is an otolaryngologist with Greater Knoxville Ear Nose and Throat in Knoxville, where she has practiced for more than 30 years. She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and residency at the University of Illinois, where she served as Chief Resident for two years before completing head and neck reconstructive surgery fellowship, University of Michigan. A member of American Academy of Otolaryngology, she is board certified in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.

Dr. Denneny has been a TMA member since 1988 and has served in numerous leadership positions including the Board of Trustees and for the past year as President-Elect.

Dr. Denneny stays actively involved in numerous local, state and national professional organizations, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Knoxville Academy of Medicine, and American Medical Association. She has also served on the board of the Metropolitan Drug Coalition, East Tennessee Opioid Drug Task Force, East Tennessee Health Information Network, Health Trust Physician Advisor, and Health Care 21, among numerous other Knoxville-area civic appointments.

“I am grateful to my physician colleagues for giving me the opportunity to serve,” said Dr. Denneny. “Physicians have many opportunities to lead how care is delivered and regulated, as healthcare is increasingly fragmented. I believe it is our professional privilege – for some even an obligation – as leaders of the healthcare delivery team to collectively advocate for what is best for our patients. We believe in placing the patient at the center of healthcare. We bring the physicians’ voice to the healthcare table, striving for changes that bring access, quality, and value to each patient’s experience in Tennessee. I am honored to be our association’s ambassador for the next year.”