Physicians and Caregivers

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Emergency and Trauma Center is the only Level I Trauma Center in the area for adults and children and serves as the tertiary referral center for medical care in East Tennessee, serving Knox County and 21 surrounding counties. The healthcare experts in the Emergency Department treat more than 80,000 patients each year with a commitment to individualized patient and family centered care and teamwork. 


Anesthesiologist: A doctor who specializes in pain management during surgical procedures.

Audiologist: A specially trained person who tests hearing ability.

Cardiologist: A doctor who specializes in heart problems.

Care Manager: Social worker who helps families with hospital and community services.

Director of Trauma Services: The director is a board certified general surgeon who oversees administrative aspects of the trauma program.

Neuroanesthesiologist: A neuroanesthesiologist provides anesthesia services in the operating room and assists in the management of acute and chronic pain.

Neurologist: A neurologist specializes in the medical management of diseases of the nervous system including the brain, spine and nerves.

Neurosurgeon: A neurosurgeon specializes in the surgical management of diseases and injuries of the nervous system including the brain, spine and nerves.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist: The nuclear medicine technologist is a highly specialized healthcare professional who works closely with the nuclear medicine physician. Some of the technologist's responsibilities include preparation and administration of radioactive compounds; performance of patient imaging procedures using sophisticated nuclear cameras; computer processing and image enhancement; laboratory analysis of biological specimens; and provision of images, data analysis and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation.

Nurse Anesthetist: A registered nurse who has completed extra education and passed certification for pain management during surgery.

Nurse Practitioner: A registered nurse (RN) who has completed extra education and passed certification to take care of people in all areas of medicine. Nurse practitioners can manage healthcare, prescribe medicines and perform similar procedures that doctors perform.

Occupational Therapist: An occupational therapist focuses on improving the patient’s quality of life, function and activities of daily living.

Physical Therapist: A physical therapist assists the patient first by treating the injury/condition and then teaching the patient how to care for the injury and prevent a recurrence. Also, this person is trained to treat lymphedema issues.

Physician’s Assistant: A specially trained and certified person who works with doctors to provide care to patients. Similar to a nurse practitioner, they can identify problems, manage care and write prescriptions.

Pulmonologist: A doctor who specializes in lung problems.

Radiologist: A doctor who specializes in X-ray procedures and treatment using radioactive materials.

Speech-Language Pathologist: A speech-language pathologist assists individuals in achieving optimal communication and swallowing through evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognitive, voice and swallowing disorders.

Stroke Coordinator: Registered nurse who works with all involved disciplines to ensure that patients experiencing stroke receive seamless, comprehensive, compassionate care from the Emergency Department through discharge.

Surgeon: A doctor who specializes in procedures to evaluate and remove diseased body parts.

Surgical Resident: A surgical resident complements the trauma team in providing care in the emergency department, critical care, med-surgical floors and clinic. Educational and clinical opportunities are supported and required by the Department of Surgery and the Graduate School of Medicine. Residents also are involved in performance improvement initiatives with the trauma program and conduct research to improve the care delivered to trauma patients.

Trauma Coordinator: The trauma coordinator is fundamental to the development, implementation and evaluation of the trauma program. In addition to administrative responsibilities, the coordinator must show evidence of educational preparation, certification and clinical experience in the field of trauma care. Key responsibilities include the organization of performance improvement activities and management of the trauma registry. The coordinator also is involved with research, analysis and facilitating protocol development within the trauma program.

Trauma Surgeon: The general surgeon is the leader of the trauma team and is responsible for the overall care of the trauma patient, including coordinating care with other specialties and maintaining continuity of care. General surgeons must meet and be in compliance with certain requirements such as board certification, clinical involvement, education and regional/national commitment. Click her for a list of Trauma Surgeons at UT Medical Center.