Dr. Ken Olive elected to Mastership by American College for Physicians


JOHNSON CITY (November 3, 2014) – The American College of Physicians recently awarded Dr. Ken Olive, the executive associate dean for academic and faculty affairs at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine, a Mastership designation in internal medicine.

Mastership is conferred by the organization only on a select number of candidates who are deemed distinguished through the practice of internal medicine. Candidates must be nominated by their peers. Approximately 40-50 of those individuals nominated are then chosen for the honor each year.

“To be recognized by my peers as one of their leading members is really such a highlight,” Olive said. “It’s kind of the pinnacle of my career.”

Olive is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

He has long been involved with the American College of Physicians, a group that boasts some 130,000 members. Olive joined the professional organization in 1982 while in the Air Force, even serving as the executive secretary for the Air Force chapter for a year.

When he moved to East Tennessee in 1989, Olive became involved in the state chapter here. He has been a member of the Tennessee chapter’s Governor’s Council for about 15 years and served as the Governor of the chapter from 2009-2013. Olive has also served on national committees for the organization, including one on health and public policy.

“The American College of Physicians has been a huge part of my professional identity,” he said. “This is such a big honor.”

Olive plans to attend a convocation ceremony in Boston in April. During the event, Olive will formally be conferred his Master’s hood and certificate.

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