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Research Division

Family Medicine

Fershteh Gerayli, MD, Associate Professor/Johnson City Center



Dr. Gerayli received her MD degree from Mashad University in Iran in 1981 and practiced as a general practitioner with major work in OB-GYN in an underserved area in Iran for more than ten years. She then completed an Acupuncture course in Germany and worked there in both acupuncture and family medicine practices for about three years. Dr. Gerayli started her family medicine residency in the U.S. in 1997 with the University of Kentucky (East KY Family Practice). She worked with the East KY Family Practice Residency Program in Hazard, KY as faculty from August 2000 to December 2004 and relocated to East Tennessee State University Family Medicine in January 2005. She have a very supportive husband, Hamid, and one daughter, Bana, who is a junior in Centre College in Kentucky and is planning on going to dental school. Her hobbies are traveling, jogging, and socializing. Dr. Gerayli can be reached at



Scholarly Activities


Book and/or Book Chapters

Florence J, Gerayli F. Statis dermatitis. In Domino F, Baldor RA, Grimes JA, Golding J (eds). 5-Minute Clinical Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA.

Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:
Regional and National

Gerayli F, Florence JA. Teaching rural women's health issues to third year medical students, an innovative approach using simulators and rural clinical immersion experiences. Presented at the National Rural Health Association's annual conference, May 2013, Louisville, KY.


Papers, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations: 
Regional and National

Holt J, Garret WA, Gerayli F, and Schweitzer J. Developing an R1 orientation rotation to minimize direct supervision needs and to transition to PCMH. Presented at the 45th Annual Spring Conference, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). April 26, 2012; Seattle, Washington.


Journal Publications:

Rahman Z, Gerayli, F, Carter NJ. Clinical Inquiries. What treatments work best for constipation in children? J Fam Pract. 2009;58(6):329-331. PDF


Journal Publications:

Gerayli F., Loven B, Rodriguez JE: Clinical Inquiries. Do inhaled steroids increase the risk of osteoporosis? J Fam Pract 2007 Feb;56(2):131-6.

Richardson E, Paulson CP, Hitchcock K and Gerayli F.: Clinical inquiries. History, exam, and labs: is one enough to diagnose acute adult appendicitis? J Fam Pract 2007 Jun;56(6):474-6.

Papers, Abstracts and Poster Presentations:
Regional and National

Geralyi F. and Rahman Z: What is the best treatment for functional fecal retention in children? An FPIN Clinical Inquiry presented at the Fourth Primary Care Research Day, September 2007.


Paper, Abstracts and/or Poster Presentations:

Regional and National

Gerayli, F, "Inhaled Steroids and the Risk of Osteoporosis"




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