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Academic and Faculty Affairs

Quillen College of Medicine


Kenneth Olive

Kenneth Olive, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Executive Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, Office of Academic Affairs

Responsibilities include oversight and management of medical student education, assuring the integrity of the medical student curriculum, administering academic support functions for the college and providing leadership for the development of medical education research.


Caroline Abercrombie

Caroline Abercrombie, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Section of Medical Education;
Anatomy Laboratory Director, Department of Biomedical Sciences; OSCE Director, Department of Academic Affairs; Director of Community Engagement, Interprofessional Education Programs

Dr. Abercrombie received her MD from Mercer University School of Medicine, where she also did a year of general surgery residency training and served on faculty as an Instructor of Anatomy. Within ETSU Quillen's Department of Academic affairs, Dr. Abercrombie serves as OSCE Director, Transitions to Clinical Clerkships Course Director, M3 OSCE Competency Director, and Co-Director of the fourth-year ethics electives: Clinical Ethics and the Profession of Medicine, Physicians & End of Life Care, Anatomy Ultrasound elective. For the Academic Health Science Center, she serves as Director of Community Engagement for Interprofessional Education to place teams of interprofessional students in facilities to practice collaborative care. She also holds appointments in the Department of Biomedical Sciences as Director of the Anatomy Laboratory, and an adjunct teaching faculty in Programs of Human Anatomy where she has overseen integration of technology into the anatomy laboratory and adoption of the Thiel soft embalmed teaching model for surgical and procedural training. Working with the Office of CME and educators in the region, she strives to develop interactive Educational Conferences and Skills Workshops in an effort to provide continuing educational opportunities for regional healthcare providers.


Patricia Amadio

Patricia B. Amadio, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Family Medical

Graduated from Jefferson Medical College; after two years of General Surgery training, completed Family Medicine residency at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. Serves as Course Co-Director for Doctoring 2; Co-facilitates a Case-Based Learning Group in Doctoring 1; part-time precepting at Kingsport Family Medicine.


Dana Bailey

Dana Bailey
Manager, Preceptorship Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs

Ensures administrative support and coordination is available to implement the activities and operation of the Office of Academic Affairs; interacts daily with departments and organizations external to Academic Affairs and the university; oversees and implements the Clinical Preceptorship program for first- and second-year medical students; maintains the Academic Affairs' budget.


Lisa Bare

Lisa Bare
Technical Clerk, Office of Academic Affairs

Provides secretarial support for The Profession of Medicine, Case Oriented Learning, Genetics, Cell and Tissue, Healers Art, and Keystone courses; creates and edits course documents (syllabi, handouts, etc.) and maintains schedules within D2L; coordinates committee meetings and maintains minutes for those meetings; Maintains and processes records and database files; Compiles reports and studies of data analysis; Processes documents and forms for visiting students, fourth year student away rotations, etc.; Processes departmental communications and materials; Assists in small group events and exams; Serves as receptionist for Academic Affairs; back-up for facility scheduling of rooms in Building 178; secretarial support for coordinators and faculty.


 Andy Berry

Andrew Berry
Technician, Section of Medical Education / Center for Experiential Learning

Works directly with simulation manager to maintain and direct all aspects of the Simulation Laboratory; initiates use of patient simulator ensuring all systems are operable for the scheduled scenario, including programming the simulator experience through high fidelity simulation and medical task trainers; monitors patient simulator systems, providing or scheduling needed maintenance; assists in the scheduling of Simulation Laboratory space and simulators. Andy has a diverse background in EMS and was previously employed by the Bristol TN Fire Dept., where he performed duties in both fire and EMS.


Brock Blankenship

Stephen Brock Blankenship, M.D., F.A.A.E.M.
Director, Section of Medical Education / Center for Experiential Learning

Brock is a Tennessee native and veteran of the US Armed Forces. He trained and worked in the special operations community as a USAF Pararescueman. After graduating with honors from the University of Tennessee, he attended Quillen College of Medicine and graduated - AOA Class of 2004. Dr. Blankenship trained in emergency medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he was recognized with teaching accolades. He is board-certified through the American Board of Emergency Physicians and Fellow - American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Blankenship continues to train medical students and resident physicians in his clinical practice at several sites in Virginia. While working as an attending emergency medicine physician, he has served in several capacities to include Chief of Staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital - Abingdon, VA. In 2016, Dr. Blankenship joined the QCOM/ETSU team as the Director for the Center for Experiential Learning which oversees inter-professional simulation and standardized patient medical education.


Lorena Burton

Lorena Burton
Medical Education Coordinator, Section of Medical Education

Provides administrative support for the Medical Student Education Committee (MSEC), including summary reporting and coordinating aspects of curriculum review; maintains MSEC web pages; coordinates student evaluation of all courses, clerkships and senior selectives and electives; also the annual Program Director and PGY-1 Residency Questionnaire; is an institutional administrator for evaluation and curriculum modules in New Innovations.


Perry Butler

Perry Butler
Standardized Patient Program Coordinator, Section of Medical Education / Standardized Patient (SP) Program / Center for Experiential Learning

Responsible for the coordination, selection and training of individuals to fulfill the need of "patients for the simulation of health problems for all levels of students and all departments of learning; handles all scheduling, training, tracking of hours, scheduling of facilities need for training and testing.


Jake Drumm

Jake Drumm
Manager, Patient Simulator Lab, Section of Medical Education / Human Patient Simulation Lab / Center for Experiential Learning

Works directly with simulator director to maintain and manage all aspects of the Simulation Laboratory; initiates use of patient simulator ensuring all systems are operable for the scheduled scenario including programming the simulator experience and enabling of the anesthesia and monitoring systems; monitors patient simulator systems, providing or scheduling needed maintenance; establishes systems for documenting usage and collection of pertinent information.


Richard Feit

Richard Alan Feit, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Professor, Section of Medical Education

Holds faculty positions in Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery; Clinical Professor in Medical Education integrating basic sciences in the Human Patient Simulator Lab; Adjunct Professor, Anatomy, Physiology and The Practice of Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from the Albany Medical College of Union University, New York; his Surgical Residency and Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship were completed at the Medical College of Virginia.


Sandy Greene

Sandy Greene
Secretary III, Office of Academic Affairs

Provides support to the Executive Associate Dean as needed and serves as secretary to the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs; assists with the QCOM New Faculty Program and the Faculty Development Program; assists with scheduling faculty training workshops; conducts web-based and library research in support of Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs; compiles student data for analysis and survey purposes; maintains Faculty Development web pages. Provides secretarial support for the Career Explorations course and for coordinators as needed. Responsible for maintaining and purchasing supply inventory. Maintains departmental key inventory and issues keys for access to COM facilities.


John Kalbfleisch

John Kalbfleisch, Ph.D.
Professor / Director of the Division of Biometry and Medical Computing, Section of Medical Education

Serves as the Course Director for Biostatistics and Epidemiology, and Biometry and Medical Computing (I and II) in the biomedical graduate program; provides statistical consultation to faculty, residents, students, serves on graduate student program committees and is a co-investigator in NIH grants.


David Linville

David Linville, Jr., M.D., Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and Professor of Medical Education, Secretary of the Board of Trustees

Holds a faculty appointment in the Section of Medical Education, teaching in the M2 Practice of Medicine course; administratively serves as associate vice president in the university’s Academic Health Sciences Center and as the university’s Secretary of the Board of Trustees; he is an alumnus of the Quillen College of Medicine.


Jeannine Loum

Jeannine Loum, M.Ed.
Information Research Technician II, Office of Academic Affairs

Coordinates Dean's Interviews and related photography appointments for rising fourth-year students, serving as liaison for students during the interview process; coordinates, compiles and edits the Medical Student Performance Evaluation letters; coordinates award checks and plaques, prepares award certificates and graduation inserts, and prepares and orders programs for the Quillen College of Medicine graduation; creates and manages templates and reports for online evaluations; works with content development and web publishing.


Heather Love

Heather Love
Secretary III, Office of Academic Affairs

Provides secretarial support for The Practice of Medicine, Introduction to Physical Exam Skills and Clinical Transitions courses; assists with preparation / distribution of course material; serves as proctor for exams; coordinates meetings, arranges appointments; serves as contact for faculty / staff / students in tracking technology service requests; serves as secretary for the Human Patient Simulation Lab; serves as receptionist / contact person for the Office of Academic Affairs which includes providing secretarial support to various Academic Affairs' offices and designated Course Directors; Facility Scheduling web pages; schedules use of classrooms, auditoria, study rooms, teaching labs, computer lab and mezzanine areas.



Theresa Lura, M.D.
Associate Professor / Assistant Dean of Medical Education. Office of Academic Affairs

Serves as the Course Director for Profession of Medicine: Patients, Physicians & Society; the Keystone: Transition to Residency course; the Medical Humanities Senior Elective; and is a member of the Integrated Grand Rounds Planning Committee. A QCOM alumna (Class of '84), she trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Medical College of Virginia with a subspecialty in Cytopathology, practices Fine Needle Aspiration biopsies through the Quillen ETSU Physicians practice group, and is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology.


Mariela McCandless

Mariela McCandless, M.P.H.
Community Health Subspecialties Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs

Coordinates the third-year Subspecialties Clerkship by implementing, scheduling, developing new elective rotation opportunities, and maintaining information in D2L and New Innovations; serves as liaison with Community Medical Clerkship in Sevierville; and coordinates the scheduling and logistics of the eight annual Rural Outreach Health Fairs by interacting with local communities, students, and Office of Rural & Community Health.


Ramsey McGowen

K. Ramsey McGowen, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Curriculum, Office of Academic Affairs

Responsibilities include chairing the Medical Student Education Committee, coordinating curriculum management and evaluation processes, addressing accreditation issues related to the curriculum, and providing administrative assistance related to the educational program. Additional responsibilities include serving as course director for the M1 Lifespan Development course and participating as a faculty member in roles such as lecturer and small group leader in other courses.


Daniel McLellan

Daniel McLellan, B.S.
Data Manager, Office of Academic Affairs

Manages the student computer labs; administers file server; evaluates/recommends hardware/software purchases for faculty, student computer labs, and project proposals; works on other projects as necessary to support the information technology needs of the College of Medicine.


Skylar Moore

Skylar Moore, BSPH
Rural Medical Education Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs



Cathy Peeples

Cathy Peeples, M.P.H.
Medical Education Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs

Coordinates third- and fourth-year medical curriculum and schedules; preparation of MSPE / Deans letters; Honors Convocation Ceremony and reception activities; serves as coordinator for the Student Promotions Committee; serves as liaison with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) for subject examinations and USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 examination results.


Gerry Philpott

Gerry Philpott, A.A.S.
Media Production Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs

Responsible for assisting the College of Medicine faculty, staff, residents and students in the planning and production of educational and promotional materials requiring photography, video preparation and creation; performs all phases of darkroom work; creates video presentations by the use of recording media and prepares long-range plans for new services and equipment needs; assists with multi-media and computer installations and operations.


J Kelly Smith

J. Kelly Smith, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Section of Medical Education

Served as former director of the second-year Practicing Medicine and Immunology courses, and currently mentors an elective in Advanced Physical Diagnosis for fourth-year medical students, and assists the Department of Physiology in teaching the relevance of clinical skills to basic physiology; he received his M.D. and residency training at Cornell University, and his research training at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; since joining ETSU in 1979, he has served in a variety of administrative positions, including Chairman of Internal Medicine, Chief of the divisions of Infectious Diseases and Allergy-Immunology, and Chair of Excellence in Medicine; he is a Laureate of the American College of Physicians and a recipient of the American Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award.


Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith, A.S.
Office Coordinator, Office of Academic Affairs

Serves as liaison between the Executive Associate Dean, University departments, administrative offices and divisions, various professional and civic groups and individuals, faculty, staff, students and alumni. Research and/or interpret university policies and procedures for Executive Associate Dean. Initiates reports and correspondence requiring Executive Associate Deans action, edits and assembles support reports and publications and ensures timely submission of paperwork to appropriate department or organization. Coordinates Executive Associate Deans schedule and calendar for daily events including individual faculty and staff meetings. Makes travel arrangements, serving as liaison for any arrangements for visiting dignitaries, speakers and others. Handles all aspects of payroll for Academic Affairs and Section of Medical Education. Coordinates Faculty Activities Plan, Faculty Activities Report and Faculty Activities Evaluation (FAP/FAR/FAE) and scholarly activities for the Quillen College of Medicine.


Kevin Vines

Kevin Vines
Multi-Media Manager, Office of Academic Affairs

Provides guidance in the selection of and is responsible for purchasing, installation and maintenance of multi-media technology within classrooms and conference rooms; provides ongoing training for faculty and staff in the use of multi-media technology.


Last Update:  1/10/2019

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