Letter from Associate Chair

I would like to welcome all interested physicians applying for our program in my dual roles in the university and the VA Medical Center. We are a decentralized program, relying on our affiliated medical centers as important training centers for our residents and medical students. 

Our program has the closest affiliation with a VA of any medical school in the country, with sharing of a beautiful 300+ acre campus in the mountains of East Tennessee.  The VA faculty includes 15 full time psychiatrists, many of whom hold certifications in subspecialty areas of psychiatry in addition to board certification in adult psychiatry. 

As Chief of Psychiatry at the VA, I consider it vitally important for our residents and medical students to have a wonderful training experience at our facilities, and I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your interests.

George R. Brown

George R. Brown, M.D., DFAPA
Mountain Home VAMC


Greetings!  On behalf of the East Tennessee State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, welcome.  We hope that your exploration of our website indicates an interest in our Department and that you will find all the information you are seeking.

Our Department is steadfastly focused on fostering the success of those affiliated with us.  Housed in a community based College of Medicine, we provide training opportunities in a variety of inpatient and outpatient locations, including the Mountain States Health Alliance; the ETSU Student Counseling Center; Frontier Health, the local community mental health center, and several ETSU University Physicians clinics, including our own departmental outpatient clinic. 

Our dedicated faculty is committed to providing excellent educational and training experiences, advanced scholarly and research endeavors and provision of first-rate clinical care to a wide range of patient populations.  The faculty is actively involved in all four years of medical student education.  We offer a comprehensive general psychiatry residency program.  Active research projects provide numerous opportunities for collegiate participation in scholarly pursuits and new opportunities abound.

This is a time of growth and vitalization in our Department.  Our Department provides plentiful opportunities for educational and professional advancement.  We appreciate your interest, welcome your exploration of our website and encourage you to contact us if you have questions or would like additional information.  

Dr. Ramsey McGowen

K. Ramsey McGowen, Ph.D.
Quillen College of Medicine Associate Dean for Curriculum
Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences