Reid B. Blackwelder, M.D.

Professor and Director of Student Medical Education


I am originally from Atlanta, Ga., but northeast Tennessee has been home for almost 20 years now. I graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and received my medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, cum laude. After completing my residency and a teaching fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, I became “a simple country doctor” in Trenton, Ga., a town of 1400. This experience opened my eyes as to how much fun practicing medicine can be, as well as revealed how bizarrely our medical education system is structured. I decided to return to an academic setting to try to change what I could from within the system. I use my practice experiences to fill in gaps left by my traditional allopathic training, and to point them out to students and residents to help prepare them for the difference between training and the actual practice of medicine. I am always looking to integrate different healing systems when caring for my patients, and routinely prescribe botanical and allopathic medications, discuss exercise and nutritional issues, explore a person’s emotional and spiritual support systems, and refer to other healers, such as local practitioners of Chinese medicine and Native American healers. Moreover, I have greatly enjoyed learning osteopathic techniques here in Kingsport. My wife, Alex, is a nurse, a massage therapist and a yoga instructor. We enjoy making opportunities for our junior partners to experience different healing techniques personally while at the same time ensuring they are outstanding allopathic physicians. Alex and I have created a sanctuary at our home, a Certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat, and value relaxing there with our garden paths, koi pond, wildflowers, herbs and our three dogs and two cats. But we also enjoy having gatherings for everyone to get to know each other. My hobbies include jewelry-making, pen-making, bead collecting, non-medical reading, and going to 18th century period rendezvous. I may be contacted at .
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