The Cecile Cox Quillen

About The Quillen Chair

Then Vice President George Bush came to campus in 1985 to dedicate ETSU's first Chair of Excellence, named in honor of the wife of Tennessee's First District Congressman James H. Quillen. Located in the College of Medicine, this chair plays a vital role in achieving the university's goal of meeting the needs of the older adult population through teaching, research, and health care service. Research projects have included:

  • The causes of osteoporosis and its management in both women and men
  • The effects of physical exercise on bone mass, cardiovascular and pulmonary functions, and balance control
  • Changes in bone mineral content and density after strokes
  • Polypharmacy--the interaction and effects of different drugs
Dr. Ronald C. Hamdy, an internationally known expert in the field of aging, has served as chairholder since 1990. His research has been published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Southern Medical Journal, the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, and the Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association. In January 1994, Dr. Hamdy received notification that the American Geriatric Society had chosen him for its Annual Award for Outstanding Research in Geriatric Medicine