Department Overview


Psychiatry Building VA

James H. Quillen VA Hospital Johnson City Medical Center | MSHA Woodridge Hospital | MSHA






The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences strives to maintain a strong relationship with their prestigious affiliates.
Pictured above left to right-- Main Building for Department of Psychiatry and James H. Quillen Veteran's Administration Hospital; Johnson City Medical Center and Woodridge Hospital--part of the Mountain States Health Alliance.

Karl Goodkin, M.D., Ph.D., DFAPA  serves as the Chair of ETSU Psychiatry.
Click here to view a letter from the Chair. 

George R. Brown, M.D. serves as the Associate Chair of ETSU Psychiatry.
Click here to view a letter from the Associate Chair.

Jay Griffith, M.D. serves as the Director of Residency Training for ETSU Psychiatry.
Click here to view a letter from the Director.

Department Philosophy

Our department is dedicated to the advancement of Psychiatry on behalf of the citizens of East Tennessee by being active participants in the training of medical students and resident physicians, active in the acquisition of new information through medical research and by providing mental health services to Eastern Tennessee, Southern Virginia, South-Eastern Kentucky, and Western North Carolina.


The Quillen College of Medicine is located in the foothills (elevation ~1500') of the Appalachian Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee (pop. ~65,000, Tri-Cities Region ~585,000). The area enjoys four unique seasons, replete with early spring, temperate summers, amazing fall colors and winters without significant snowfall. The campus of ETSU is within 10 miles of excellent trout fishing, canoeing, hiking, camping, swimming and a full range of outdoors activities. The area offers a rich mixture of Appalachian Culture (storytelling, pottery, writing, song, crafts) and contemporary American Culture (museums, symphony, ballet, auto-racing, college sports, and numerous fine dining and shopping establishments). 

ETSU Quillen College of Medicine 
Box 70567, Johnson City, TN 37614 
(Located in Ned R. McWherter Hall Bldg. 52 VA Campus) 

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Google Maps View of ETSU campus (South East corner) and Mountain Home VA Campus (Between HWY 11E and HWY 321). 

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