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Physicians are well trained to care for their patients. They are poorly trained to care of themselves. Depression, anxiety, chronic pain, boundary violations, addiction, disruptive behavior and burnout are devastating conditions that can cause a physician to lose a career and can result in the loss of a physician’s life, even with appropriate treatment.

My professional mission is to alleviate the suffering healthcare professionals have that is caused by these illnesses. The latest turn my professional journey has taken is that of Medical Director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation - Physician Health Program (TMF-PHP). It is a turn that I welcomed and planned for many years.

In the later part of the 1990’s Dr. David Dodd, who was then the Medical Director of the TMF-PHP, intervened on me, saving my life as I was at the end of my rope. The only thing Dr. Dodd asked in return was for me to carry the message to the physician still suffering. I have done just that in my professional work. But up until February 2017 it was always on a part time basis.

Over the last 10 years, events have occurred that have better prepared my ability to help physicians and other licensed professionals in need. I was appointed to the Board of Medical Examiners (BME) by Governor Bredesen in 2010 and reappointed by Governor Haslam in 2015. A working knowledge of the BME and the Department of Health is critical for the Medical Director of any PHP. The BME position led to numerous rule making committees and to the Chair of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database (CSMD) committee in 2014. The other critical experience was exposure as a physician and medical director to the residential treatment process from the inside. In 2012, I began part-time work at The Ranch, then a 50-bed treatment facility in Hickman county. I slowly increased my time there to 4 days per week and completely closed my private practice in 2014 to accept the position of Medical Director. The Ranch grew to be a pre-eminent 120 bed treatment center and became the largest private employer in Hickman County. We evaluated and treated many licensed professionals including physicians, attorneys, nurses and pilots.

The amalgam of experiences including private practice, appointments to the BME and CSMD and being medical director of a residential treatment program have provided me an excellent basis to draw from as I assess, refer, support and advocate for physicians across the state of Tennessee.

Dr. Mike Baron, MD, MPH
Medical Director,
Tennessee Medical Foundation
Physician Health Program
216 Centerview Dr., Suite 304
Brentwood, TN 37027

Board Certifications:
American Board of Anesthesiology - 1993

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - 2005, 2015 in MOC

American Board of Addiction Medicine - 2009, 2016 in MOC

American Society of Addiction Medicine

State Regulatory Service
Appointment to the
Board of Medical Examiners

Controlled Substance Monitoring Database Committee