Chairman's Message


Dear Colleagues,

As Department Chair for Internal Medicine at East Tennessee State University, I want to make you aware of opportunities we have for clinician educators. We have a large residency program as well as five fellowship programs and are in need of general internists with interests in inpatient, outpatient, or traditional mixed practice.

I was raised in Western New York and practiced in Rochester for a number of years before relocating to northeast Tennessee. I have not looked back. We have a comfortable four season climate, recreational activities including boating, fishing, rafting, hiking, biking, and even skiing in the nearby North Carolina mountains. We have a thriving theater, arts, and music community. I was personally amazed at the strength of our public education which includes local high schools with as many as 38 Advanced Placement courses. Our low cost of living, low crime rate and no state income tax also make this region very attractive.

Our students, residents, and fellows are highly motivated enthusiastic learners who can benefit from the experience and expertise you would bring. We currently have 72 students in each graduating class, 29 fellows, and over 60 residents. The Tri-Cities Combined Statistical Area population is over 480,000 and there is demand for additional physicians.

If this interests you, please contact me, either through LinkedIn or through our recruiter, Karen Heaton. She will be able to arrange a time for us to talk about the opportunities we have here in Northeast Tennessee.  Karen can be reached at 423-439-6367 or at

Jeffrey A. Summers, MD FACP
Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Quillen College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University