Dr. James W. Gibson
2002 Honorary Alumni
James W. Gibson was born in Hickory, N.C., in 1933. In the early 1940s, his family moved to Lewisburg, Tenn., a small farming community 50 miles south of Nashville. After graduating from Castle Heights Military Academy, he obtained his pre-med education at Vanderbilt University. He went on to the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1957.
Dr. Gibson practiced family medicine in Cumberland, Ky., for four years after his rotating internship at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis. He met and fell in love with Dorothy Ann Boggs and they married in 1960.
Dr. Gibson attended Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., for radiology training and it was there he completed his residency. He became board certified in radiology in 1967 and moved to the Johnson City community to work and raise his family.
As an active member of the medical staff at Johnson City Medical Center and while attending to his duties at JCMC, he served on various committees, many in leadership positions. He was chairman of the Department of Radiology at JCMC for a number of years and served as a member of the JCMC board of directors. He has also served as a staff officer within the hospital.
Dr. Gibson has been a member of the County Medical Society since the mid 1960s (now the Washington-Johnson-Unicoi County Medical Society). He has active membership with the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America, and the Eastern Radiological Society. He served two terms as a member of the Alumni Council of the University of Tennessee Medical Units in Memphis and a term on the Mental Health Center board. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Quillen College of Medicine and, until early this year, Dr. Gibson served as chairman of the board of Mountain Empire Radiology.
As an active member of the board of directors of the ETSU Foundation for eight years, Dr. Gibson has also lent his talents to support the Hoops Club and the ETSU Pirate Club, as well as being a member of the Distinguished President's Trust. In addition, he currently serves as a member of the board of directors of People's Community Bank in Johnson City.
Dr. Gibson has considerably reduced his professional practice time recently to enjoy his family, golf, and dabble in other interesting projects. He and Dottie have two children. James Warren Gibson, III, a clinical social worker who deals with juvenile delinquents in Hacienda Heights, Calif. Their daughter, Mary Beth Pollack, lives in Florida.