Quillen College of Medicine is a top ten school founded for improved health in our community

​Founded in 1974 on a mission to train primary care physicians and to increase the number of doctors in rural communities, the Quillen College of Medicine, with more than 1,500 graduates, has remained true to its original mission. Quillen is ranked first in the nation for primary care graduates.

Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University is ranked sixth in the nation for excellence in rural medicine education, according to US News & World Report (2011). Quillen College of Medicine has also been recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians as one of the top 10 schools in the nation for producing family physicians.

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Quillen ETSU Physicians are Dedicated to Patient Care

​Quillen ETSU Physicians are affiliated with the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. The physicians are unique in that all are both practicing doctors and professors at the College of Medicine. They have a passion for patient education that leads to excelled patient care.

Quillen ETSU Physician facilities include more than 150 doctors in the specialties of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Sports Medicine and Cardiology.

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Quillen ETSU Physicians Are Committed to Excellence in Biomedical Research

​The primary vision of the Quillen College of Medicine is to educate future physicians, especially those with an interest in primary care, to practice in rural communities. In addition, the College is committed to excellence in biomedical research and is dedicated to the improvement of health care in Northeast Tennessee and the surrounding Appalachian Region.

Listed below is just a sampling of some of the exciting advances in research being made by faculty at the East Tennessee State Univeristy/Quillen College of Medicine:

  • Tests of pharmaceutical agents that may prove effective in destroying antibiotic resistant bacteria

  • The role of various peptides and how they affect cardiac functions

  • Effective therapies for preventing bone loss

  • New clinical trial studies that bring state-of-the-art cancer treatment and prevention to the patient’s bedside

  • An investigation into the possible role of vitamin E in preventing colon cancer

  • Further development of a new surgical procedure called myocardial regeneration that uses myogenic stem cells from skeletal muscle, usually taken from the leg, and places the cells on failing heart muscle, thus “regenerating” the heart muscle

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