Medical Director Named for The Pat Summitt Clinic

 
by Steve Ross, Senior Vice President for Strategic Development
 
by Steve Ross, Senior Vice President for Strategic Development

Dr. Fernandez, director of Pat Summit Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical CenterIt’s my privilege to introduce to you Dr. Roberto Fernandez, who will serve as the medical director of The Pat Summitt Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Dr. Fernandez, MD, MPH, PhD, is a highly respected physician scientist and board certified neurologist with a subspecialty in behavioral neurology. Since 2012, he’s served as assistant professor of neurology at University of Virginia Health at that system’s Memory and Aging Care Clinic.

Dr. Fernandez is a nationally recognized physician and scientist. He’s also a great man who is committed to working with us to meet the rapidly growing needs of our region and beyond for Alzheimer’s care, support, and discovery. 

The announcement of Dr. Fernandez joining our team is a great milestone that brings us one significant step closer to a promise we made to the legendary Coach Pat Summitt. A year-and-a-half ago, the Board of Directors of The Pat Summitt Foundation, the East Tennessee Foundation, The University of Tennessee Medical Center, and Coach Summitt herself, met and entered into a partnership to develop and open The Pat Summitt Clinic at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, a clinic that would advance research, clinical trials, diagnosis, treatment, education, and caregiver support in a facility truly worthy of Pat Summitt’s name.

On that day, The Pat Summitt Foundation committed $2.5 million over five years to support the effort. The clinic is desperately needed, as the number of individuals in America facing Alzheimer’s disease is expected to nearly triple, to 16 million people, in the next 30 years. Construction is well underway on the clinic, which is set to open at the end of the year. In the coming weeks, we’ll give you more updates about the progress of The Pat Summitt Clinic as well as some of its unique elements and how they can help patients and families for many years to come.