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University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine - Chattanooga

Blending the art of science and medicine.

Update:  The UTHSC College of Medicine - Chattanooga has once again received approval as a Sponsoring Institution for ACGME-accredited GME training programs and holds Continued Accreditation and Commendation without any citations (as of January 16, 2024).  

The Clinical Education Center in Chattanooga (as it was originally called) was established through the Tennessee State Legislature in 1973.  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and Erlanger signed a formal affiliation agreement effective January 16, 1974, to officially recognize that the University would provide oversight, clinical experience, and education for UT Medical Students at Erlanger, as well as Graduate and Continuing Medical Education.  Practicing physicians involved with medical education were appointed as Faculty of the University and local Department Chairs were identified.  2024 marks the 50th anniversary of the UT College of Medicine - Chattanooga being responsible for all Undergraduate, Graduate, and Post-Graduate Medical Education in Chattanooga.  Through that affiliation, Erlanger is designated as the primary clinical training site for all medical education in Chattanooga.  Our Medical and PA Students, Residents, Fellows, and Faculty are involved in the clinical care of almost every patient seeking treatment at Erlanger.

The mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and our College of Medicine - Chattanooga is to facilitate and support the education, research, and service goals of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Dean, UTHSC College of Medicine - Chattanooga:
James W. Haynes, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, and
ACGME Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
UTHSC College of Medicine - Chattanooga
Paul M. Schwartzberg, DO, MBA, FAAP

Associate Dean, Research
UTHSC College of Medicine - Chattanooga and
Chief Research Officer, Erlanger Health
Giuseppe Pizzorno, PhD, PharmD

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
UTHSC College of Medicine - Chattanooga
Karen S. Rogers, MD

Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration
UTHSC College of Medicine - Chattanooga
Crystal Maddox, MPA

Our primary clinical training site is Erlanger Health, specifically the Erlanger Baroness Campus shown at the top of the page, as well as other Erlanger campuses: Children's Hospital at Erlanger (located adjacent to the Baroness Campus), Erlanger East Campus (including a surgery center, inpatient facilities, women's services, and an Emergency Department), Erlanger North Campus, and the UT Family Practice Center just across from the main Baroness Campus.  Erlanger is the region’s only tertiary care center, Level I Trauma Center for both adults and children, 6th largest public health system in the U.S., and a major academic teaching hospital.  Erlanger Health is licensed for 818 acute beds and 50 long-term care beds serving patients from 50 counties within a 150-mile radius including Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia, North Alabama, and Western North Carolina.

Accreditation in Chattanooga:

  • LCME  
    Through our designation as a clinical campus of the Statewide UTHSC College of Medicine, the UT College of Medicine - Chattanooga is approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to provide undergraduate clinical training for junior and senior Medical Students. 
    The UT College of Medicine - Chattanooga is accredited as a stand-alone Sponsoring Institution by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to provide Graduate Medical Education for Residents and Fellows. 
    The Chattanooga Campus is also accredited as part of the UTHSC College of Medicine Statewide System to sponsor Continuing Medical Education activities by the
    Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide AMA Category 1 Continuing Medical Education sessions for Faculty and other Practicing Physicians.

News - UTHSC Campus

Jun 6, 2024