UT Honors Dr. Mack Worthington
Saturday, October 20, 2018


Media Release
October 20, 2018

Chattanooga, TN


UT Honors J. Mack Worthington, MD, FAAFP
Professor and Chair
Department 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!




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