About the Chairman
Dr. David L. Maness
Dr. David L. Maness is the Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Before accepting this leadership position, he had the distinct honor and privilege to serve the United States of America as a physician in the United States Army for twenty-seven years. He retired early from the US Army to accept this key academic position and return home. All family members are within a two and one-half hour radius. Priceless!
Colonel Maness grew up in Martin, Tennessee, attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with honors. Upon graduation, he received the Outstanding Chemistry Major Award. In 1980 he graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his three-year Family Medicine Residency Program at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia in 1983. In 1988 he graduated from the Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship Program, Department of Family Medicine, at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He obtained a Master of Strategic Studies degree in 2001 from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Dr. Maness is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces and the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Maness had the privilege to serve in many academic, administrative, clinical and leadership roles during his military career. He served as Clinic Director, Team Leader/Assistant Program Director, Program Director/Vice Chair, Chair (twice), and Chief of Medical Staff/Director of Medical Education (twice). He also served as the Family Medicine Consultant for Europe. Dr. Maness commanded three hospitals; the 115th Field Hospital (a 500-bed go-to-war hospital); Commander, Task Force Med Eagle in Tuzla, Bosnia; and Commander, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In his final military assignment, COL Maness served as the Dean, United States Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas.
Colonel (Retired) Maness is a graduate of the Army War College, Command and General Staff College, the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Preventive Medicine Course, and the AMEDD Officers Basic and Advanced Courses. His military awards include the Legion of Merit with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster (3 awards), Meritorious Service Medal with fifth Oak Leaf Cluster (six awards), Army Commendation Medal with fourth Oak Leaf Cluster (5 awards), the Army Achievement Medal, and the Texas Outstanding Service Medal. He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit. Dr. Maness is a Distinguished Member of the United States Army Medical Department Regiment. In 2001 COL Maness was selected to be a member of the University of Tennessee at Martin ROTC Hall of Fame.
Dr. Maness is married to the former Rose Marie Gattis of South Fulton, Tennessee. They have one fantastic teenager at home, James David (JD) Maness. Dr. Maness loves to spend time with his family, play golf, hunt and fish, watch sports, and go antique shopping with his wife.