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Family Medicine

Quillen College of Medicine

Dr. Reid Blackwelder

Reid Blackwelder, M.D., FAAFP

Professor & Chair
Vice Chair of Medical Student Education


I am originally from Atlanta, GA, but consider Northeast Tennessee home 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. 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 a local practitioner of Chinese medicine and Native American healers. Moreover, I have greatly enjoyed learning osteopathic techniques here in Kingsport.

My wife Alex and I relax at our home, a Certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat, with our wildflowers, herbs and family of dogs, cats, rabbits, and a fox. My hobbies include soccer, volleyball, reading, and going to 18th century period rendezvous.

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