Chattanooga Physicians Elected to TMA Offices
Two Hamilton County physicians have been elected to offices in the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) and were installed during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville in April.
Christopher E. Young, MD, a Chattanooga anesthesiologist, was chosen by popular vote to serve as president‐elect for 2012 and, subsequently, as president of the association in 2013. Dr. Young will also serve on the TMA Board of Trustees (BOT), which is responsible for the implementation and direction of association activities between sessions of the House of Delegates (HOD), the TMA’s governing body.
Nita W. Shumaker, MD, FACP, of Hixson, has been elected to the TMA Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees (BOT) is responsible for the implementation and direction of association activities between sessions of the House of Delegates, the TMA’s governing body.
Dr. Young has been a delegate to the TMA from Chattanooga‐Hamilton County Medical Society (CHCMS) since 2006. He was elected to the TMA Board of Trustees in 2007 and served on the Executive Committee as treasurer in 2009. He also serves on the CHCMS Board of Directors. He is a former president of the Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists, where he also served on the Legislative Committee and as chair of TAPAC, TSA’s political action committee. Dr. Young practices with Anesthesiology Consultants' Exchange in Chattanooga. He graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee‐Knoxville with a zoology degree and received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Young is board certified in anesthesiology with special training in cardiovascular anesthesia and pain management, receiving certification in Pain Management in 1993.
Dr. Shumaker is a past‐president of the Chattanooga‐Hamilton County Medical Society, a delegate to the TMA and serves as chair of the TMA Organized Medical Staff Section, a member of the association’s Membership, Public Health and Strategic Plan Oversight Committees, and is a 2010 graduate of the TMA Physician Leadership College.
Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Shumaker practices with Galen North Pediatrics and serves on the Erlanger Health System Board of Trustees. She is a former chief of staff at Erlanger Medical Center. Dr. Shumaker received her medical degree from the East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greeneville, NC.
The Tennessee Medical Association is the state’s largest physician organization.
Local Physicians Honored during Doctors’ Day Salute
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, Medical Foundation of Chattanooga, Medical Alliance, and Project Access are recognizing local physicians by saluting ten honorees for Doctors’ Day Appreciation. The honorees were selected from nominations submitted by local residents.
The ten honorees are
- Melanie Blake, MD, Academic Internal Medicine
- David Dodson, MD, Memorial Hospitalists
- Hal Hill, MD, Infectious Disease Physicians of Chattanooga
- David Huffman, MD, University Diabetes & Endoctrine Associates
- Eugene Huffstutter, MD, Arthritis Associates
- Brian Kalla, MD, Siskin Spine & Rehab Specialists
- Ringland Murray, MD, Tennessee Reproductive Medicine
- Walter Rose, MD
- Molly Seal, MD, Seal & Lawrence
- M. Chuck Tigar, MD, Galen Pediatrics
Patients submitted almost 100 nominations of Chattanooga-area physicians this year.
National Doctors’ Day provides a time for people to show appreciation to the doctors who care for them or their loved ones. The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Georgia, on the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetic in surgery. The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day on March 30, 1958. In 1990, Congress established March 30 each year as the National Doctors’ Day.
This year’s observance also salutes the 625 volunteer physicians who care for low-income uninsured residents of our community through Project Access.
The event was held in cooperation with News 12 This Morning, BlueCross BlueShield Community Trust, the Medical Alliance, and Adams & Reese Law Firm.
Youth Leadership Forum Participants Announced
Twenty-five outstanding area high school students have been selected for the seventh annual Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, which is held June 4-7. The program is sponsored by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, Medical Foundation of Chattanooga, and University of Tennessee College of Medicine. More than 80 nominations of rising high school juniors and seniors were considered.
Participants are Alyssa Chandhari and Macall Alexis Nabors, Baylor, Rance Harden, Boyd Buchanan; Susan Medisetti, Center For Creative Arts; Riley Hicks, Central High School; Jacob Blaiser, Chattanooga State Middle College; Calvin Colvin, CSAS; Te'ara Chanel Jones, East Hamilton; India Green, GPS; Kirby Earp Heritage; Chasity Edwards, Ivy Academy; Peter Kim, McCallie School; Mitchell Jobe and Jay Nguyen, Notre Dame; Michaela Baugh and Bryson Lype, Ooltewah; Nicholas Gagliano, Red Bank; Brandon Clausen, Caitlynn Depreter, Christine Tankesley, and Stephen Turner, Signal Mountain; Hannah Mench and Olivia Seay, Silverdale Baptist Academy; Allison Mounts, Soddy Daisy; and Krystain Bryant, Tyner Academy.
The four-day program is designed to encourage rising juniors and seniors to consider careers in medicine. During the course of the week, students will spend time shadowing a variety of physicians and enjoy daily lectures and roundtable discussions with physicians.