Dr. Kevin Smith to be Tennessee Medical Association President-Elect

Nashville Physician to Lead State’s Most Influential Advocacy Organization

March 1, 2019

Kevin Smith, MD, PhD, MMHC, FACP has been voted in as President-Elect for the Tennessee Medical Association, effective in May. Dr. Smith practices primary care and teaches general internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Dr. Smith was previously in private practice at Saint Thomas West Hospital, including six years in solo practice. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at Vanderbilt and later earned a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management. He was president of the Nashville Academy of Medicine in 2018 and was treasurer of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

More than 1,100 TMA member physicians voted in the 2019 leadership elections, which were held online during the month of February. TMA officials attribute the high voter turnout to increasing awareness throughout Tennessee’s medical community about the role and value of organized medicine.

“There are some big healthcare issues in Tennessee. More doctors are realizing the power of a single, influential voice for good policies, rules and regulations, and in getting engaged in advocacy that directly affects their profession and their patients. We are pleased at the response in the leadership elections and expect the momentum to carry into TMA’s year-round advocacy work that benefits all doctors,” said TMA Chief Executive Officer Russ Miller, CAE.

TMA was recently named the most influential advocacy organization in Tennessee for its visibility and reputation on Capitol Hill.

Several TMA physician members were also elected or re-elected to serve on the TMA Board of Trustees and Judicial Council.

TMA Board of Trustees
Dr. Lee Berkenstock, Cordova
Dr. Landon Combs, Gray
Dr. John McCarley, Hixson
Dr. Amy Suppinger, Franklin

TMA Judicial Council
Dr. Patrick Andre, Milan
Dr. Susan Briley, Nashville
Dr. Howard Herrell, Greeneville
Dr. Mack Worthington, Chattanooga

Formal installations for all new officers will take place during the annual meeting of TMA House of Delegates on Saturday, May 18 in Franklin.

TMA is a nonprofit advocacy organization, serving more than 9,600 members with legislative, legal/regulatory and insurance advocacy, physician leadership training and other programs.