Dr. Townsend left his home in Arkansas 35 years ago to practice with the National Health Service Corps in Independence, Virginia. He remained in a community-governed practice for more than 16 years before joining the faculty at Bristol in 1991. His special interests are the philosophy of practice, medical ethics, geriatrics, and social medicine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice and holds the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatrics. He enjoys and needs the outdoors and all of rurality. He and his wife live in Bristol. Dr. Townsend can be reached at email@example.com.