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Meet the new Tennessee Governor-elect Designee

Congratulations to the Tennessee Chapter Governor-elect Designee (GED), Catherine R. Womack, MD, FACP. Our new GED will complete a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start her four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2021. As Governor, Dr. Womack will serve as the official representative of the College for the Tennessee Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Womack will be working closely with Dr. Doering (the current governor) and College staff to learn about the College and her duties as Governor. To learn more about the new GED, read her bio below.

Catherine R. Womack, MD, FACP 

Medical School Education: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency, UTHSC

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Associate Professor of Medicine and Internal Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Planning Committee, Annual Meeting 2015-2019; Governor's Council 2015-2019; Delegate, Leadership Day 2015-2019

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2010

Other Appointments/Activities:
I have served as a board member for MetroCare and Health Choice board, and I have worked with community physicians in Memphis and the surrounding area to improve the quality of care provided to our patients. In doing so, we have been able to incentivize our community physicians by paying them back monies that have been awarded to our ACO for bending the cost curve. This has been incredibly rewarding.

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Early in my career I was able to work with a metabolic bone specialist, Dr. Laura Carbone. In working with her, I developed a passion for preventing and treating osteoporosis. I very much enjoy giving Grand Rounds to medical students, residents, community physicians and others, so they can help to prevent fracture and death in our patients. In my outpatient clinic, I teach first and second medical school students, who are enrolled in the Introduction to Clinical Skills. I very much enjoy this, and I feel lucky that we also have the Med-Peds residents in our clinic as well. I work with the residents and teach them how to take care of their complicated Internal Medicine patients, which is a privilege. I feel that it is important to be a mentor to our students and have worked with our Dean of Students, Dr. Susan Brewer, in the MPOWER program that she developed. MPOWER stands for professionalism, wellness, excellence, and research. I will be leading these learning communities at UTHSC in the fall. I have a passion for teaching our young students and feel that recruiting excellent mentors for them is a top priority.