Gregg Mitchell, MD, has been named chair of the Department of Family Medicine in Jackson for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine.
Dr. Mitchell has been serving as interim chair since 2015 and serves the department as both the program director and fellowship director. Dr. Mitchell, who assumed his new role in November, received his undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi and completed his medical degree at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He then completed an internship and his residency with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Jackson and the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, with a focus in family medicine. Dr. Mitchell, who is a multi-year Golden Apple Teacher and a West Tennessee Healthcare Guest Excellence Doctor of the Year, has been affiliated with the UTHSC Family Medicine program in some capacity since 1999.
“I am deeply honored to be named the department chair under Dr. Scott Strome for the Family Medicine Program in Jackson,” Dr. Mitchell said. “The program has been meeting its mission of training family physicians to practice in the state of Tennessee and providing Tennesseans with the highest-quality primary care services. Our program currently has the highest retention rate for all of the UTHSC residency programs and the second-highest board scores in family medicine for all programs across the country over a five-year average.”
One of Dr. Mitchell’s notable achievements while serving as interim chair was assisting with the partnership agreement for Family Medicine between the College of Medicine and West Tennessee Healthcare, a system of seven hospitals in rural Tennessee. The agreement saw West Tennessee Healthcare join as the eighth clinical teaching partner with UTHSC.
“I am delighted to appoint Dr. Mitchell as our chair of Family Medicine in Jackson,” said Scott Strome, MD, executive dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine. “As the interim chair, Dr. Mitchell was instrumental in facilitating an agreement between the College of Medicine and West Tennessee Healthcare, enabling a new family medicine program for our state. He is a vibrant teacher and a wonderful administrator whose student-centric approach enhances our global mission.”
The Department of Family Medicine in Jackson is based at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The program is an evidence-based teaching program that has a balance in medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, geriatrics, and emergency medicine.
“I look forward to working with the Dr. Strome and with West Tennessee Healthcare to further expand our training programs in Jackson. Our goal is to develop UTHSC Family Medicine Jackson into one of the best training sites for family medicine in both the state and the entire country,” Dr. Mitchell said.