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UT Honors Dr. Mack Worthington
Saturday, October 20, 2018
  Media ReleaseOctober 20, 2018 Chattanooga, TN   UT Honors J. Mack Worthington, MD, FAAFPProfessor and ChairDepartment of Family Medicine   The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga will honor and celebrate the career and lifetime achievements of J. Mack Worthington, MD, FAAFP, Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at a dinner this evening, October 20, 2018, at the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club.  Dr. Worthington will soon be stepping down as Chair -- a position in which he has served with dedication and distinction since 1995 (23 years).   After serving two years with the United States Air Force at the Eglin AFB Regional Hospital,  Dr. Worthington joined the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis.  There he was a strong supporter of medical students and residents, serving as Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, and Acting Chair. He also served as the Chief of Family Practice at Baptist Memorial Hospital.   Dr. Worthington moved to Chattanooga in 1995 to re-establish a Department of Family Medicine and a Family Medicine Residency Program which had closed in the mid-1980's.  With financial support from our major affiliated partner, Erlanger Health System, Dr. Worthington was the driving force in designing the state of the art UT Family Practice Center adjacent to Erlanger.  In addition to serving as past president of both the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and Tennessee Medical Association, Dr. Worthington has held national positions with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and the American Medical Association.   Prior to medical school, Dr. Worthington worked on his family farm, taught college-level mathematics, and pursued a career in aeronautical engineering.  A former pilot himself, he also loves to play the trombone, which he does regularly for his church ensemble.  "Family Medicine not only gives you an opportunity to care for your patients but also an opportunity to serve your profession and your community."   The UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger Health System are indebted to Dr. Worthington and his unparalleled commitment and service to the Chattanooga community, his family for sharing him with us, his patients and faculty, and to the 124 Family Medicine Resident physicians he has trained in Chattanooga.  Thank you, Dr. Worthington!      
Dr. Mukta Panda Honored: London
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Media Release September 25, 2018 Chattanooga, TN   Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, has been selected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians - London   Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, Assistant Dean of Medical Student Education for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga and UT-Erlanger Well-Being Task Force Chair, has been selected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP - London). Dr. Panda is also Professor in the Department of Medicine at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga.   She will be formally recognized at the Royal College of Physicians 500th Anniversary Celebration in London on September 26, 2018.  While at the Royal College of Physicians conference, she will also participate on behalf of American College of Physicians (ACP) in a roundtable discussion to explore a  collaboration with the RCP on health system reform -- what we can learn from each other and potentially do together.    According to the organization, the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the RCP - London, have entered into a collaborative relationship. Both organizations share an unfailing commitment to quality and excellence in the delivery of health care, respect for the patient at all times, and support for the professionals whom they serve.   Dr. Panda grew up in India and has studied and practiced in India, London, and Saudi Arabia before pursuing residency training and practice in the US. She has received numerous awards and recognitions which include the UTHSC Bland W. Cannon Award for her exemplary service to UTHSC medical students. Dr. Panda is also a facilitator with the Center of Courage and Renewal, where she facilitates regular retreats for health care professionals and trainees in communities across the country,.   Dr. Panda has served on the board of directors for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society, where she co-chairs the Physician Well-Being Task Force, and she has received the TMA Distinguished Service Award for her work on the issue of physician well-being.  Recently she released the reflective and motivational book, "Rhythm of Our Hearts," co-authored with her father, a retired surgeon, Dr. Shyam Parashar.   As the flagship statewide, public, academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care and public service. Employing more than 6,000 people on its faculty, staff and not-for-profit corporation faculty practice groups, UTHSC contributes more than $2.7 billion to the economy of Tennessee. In 1911, the University of Tennessee first launched its Memphis campus, dedicating it solely to health science education and research. Seed programs in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy quickly flourished, and within a few short years, new programs were initiated in health professions, graduate health sciences, and nursing. Each of those programs grew to become a college in its own right. In 1963, the UT Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, based at the UT Medical Center, became part of the UT Health Science Center. In 1974, the UT College of Medicine in Chattanooga, based at Erlanger Health System, joined the UTHSC system.  In 2014, Saint Thomas Health in Nashville began collaborating with UTHSC to create a Nashville campus. For more information about the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga, visit our website at   For more information about the Erlanger Health System, visit the website at      
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