Statement on Tennessee’s New Commissioner of the Department of Health  

January 17, 2019

The Tennessee Medical Association congratulates our member Dr. Lisa Piercey for being named the 14th Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health.

Governor-Elect Bill Lee made a great choice in appointing a physician leader with a range of experience in private practice and healthcare administration at one of the largest independent hospital systems in the state. Dr. Piercey’s deep Tennessee roots, clinical and business acumen make her uniquely qualified to lead the governor-elect’s effort to make Tennessee a healthier place to live, work and play. Her emphasis on population health management, disease management and preventive medicine will be crucial to improving Tennessee’s public health status and helping Governor-Elect Lee fulfill his campaign pledge.

We appreciate Dr. John Dreyzehner’s steady leadership during the past eight years and look forward to working with Dr. Piercey on the most important healthcare issues facing our great state.

Matthew L. Mancini, MD, FACS
TMA President 2018-2019