Maness Named Chairman, Department of Family Medicine

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Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has announced the appointment of David L. Maness, DO, MSS, FAAFP, as chairman for the Department of Family Medicine.

Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has announced the appointment of David L. Maness, DO, MSS, FAAFP, as chairman for the Department of Family Medicine. The department is in the College of Medicine, Memphis, one of three College of Medicine campuses that are part of the UT Health Science Center.

The appointment of the chairman for the Department of Family Medicine is a pivotal position for the primary care programs of the College. The UT College of Medicine maintains four Family Medicine training programs centered at five sites throughout the state.

Ably led by Owen Phillips, MD, vice chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the search committee included Family Medicine faculty from all of the College training programs. The committee conducted a national search and brought a group of outstanding candidates to visit the campus. “Based on a series of impressive leadership accomplishments in both clinical practice and education, Dr. Maness emerged as the leader among a field of distinguished candidates,” Dr. Schwab said.

“We believe Dr. Maness will be an outstanding leader for this department and a great partner for the campus and community in our mission to provide a quality educational experience for residents and students,” stated Dr. Phillips, search committee chairman.

A native Tennessean, Dr. Maness attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. In 1980, he graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed a three-year Family Practice Residency Program at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia, in 1983. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Serving the nation in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years, Dr. Maness has risen to the rank of full colonel. During this time he held many leadership positions both in major clinical practices and in large academic and teaching units. He led Family Medicine GME programs and held major clinical commands with distinction.

Dr. Maness currently serves in a major academic and graduate medical education role as the dean, Academy of Health Sciences at the Army Medical Department Center and School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He is married to the former Rose Marie Gattis of South Fulton, Tenn. They have one son at home, James David (JD).