TMA Names Word Senior Director of Membership and Communications

October 5, 2021

The Tennessee Medical Association has strengthened its communications and membership division with the elevation of a key member of its executive team.

Doug Word has been promoted to Senior Director of Membership and Communications. In this role, he will direct all facets of the organization’s strategic communications, membership recruitment and retention efforts.

Word has served since 2018 as TMA’s Director of Regional Development, with primary focus on membership recruitment and retention, physician leadership development and member engagement. He joined TMA in 2014 as Marketing Manager, where he earned a Profiles in Excellence Award from the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) in the Excellence in Membership category for TMA’s membership marketing campaign.

Prior to joining TMA, Word worked in marketing with BlueSky Synergy, LLC, a Nashville-based medical staffing software company, and in communications with Athlon Sports Communications, Inc. He has worked in Vanderbilt University’s alumni relations department and as an intern with MP&F Strategic Communications, a Nashville-based communications firm.

A Nashville native, Word earned a bachelor of science degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He holds memberships in the Tennessee Society of Association Executives and AAMSE.

“Doug has excelled in a number of roles within TMA. We are excited to elevate him where he can be of more service to our members and contribute to the success and mission of our organization,” said Russ Miller, CAE, TMA Chief Executive Officer.

The Tennessee Medical Association is the largest professional association for physicians in Tennessee, serving more than 9,000 members.