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ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport

Residency Programs

Connie Hixson, M.D.
Dr. Connie Hixson

Connie Hixson, M.D.

Associate Professor



It has been my great pleasure since 1992 to be a faculty member at East Tennessee State University. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, working at the ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport Residency. I love working with our residents as they develop into responsive, knowledgeable, skilled, caring physicians. I encourage and support professional development and individual fulfillment in those around me.

In my childhood and adulthood, I have enjoyed many multicultural experiences, including working as a teacher and a lab instructor for four years in West and East Africa prior to entering medical school. My experiences in Africa led me to realize that I should seek medical training. I graduated from the University of Utah College of Medicine with honors in Family Medicine and completed Family Medicine Residency at Duke University School of Medicine. Then, I worked in a farming community as a family physician for six years, and since 1988 have taught family medicine. After several years in Lexington, Kentucky, my family and I moved to Kingsport.

My husband, a cardiologist, and I have raised four children among the welcoming people and beautiful mountains of east Tennessee. I am board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and a member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Balint Society. I am an Instructor for ETSU’s multidisciplinary course - Communication Skills for Health Professionals. Currently, I also am completing the training to become a Credentialed Balint Leader in our Residency.


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