T. Watson Jernigan, MD, MA

T. Watson Jernigan

Title: Professor
Company: East Tennessee State University
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

T. Watson Jernigan, Professor at East Tennessee State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in obstetrics and gynecological medicine.

Dr. Jernigan possesses a wide range of skills and experience which had aided in his professional development throughout the years. Since 2016, he has utilized these skills as the residency program director for the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at the East Tennessee State University. He has been a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology with the institution since 2009, and a clinical adjunct faculty member since 2000. He first started working at the university in the late 1970s, and has remained dedicated to preparing the future generations of medical professionals. Prior to joining East Tennessee State University, Dr. Jernigan was an OB/GYN for the University Physicians Practice Group and partner of the Gordon-Ruffin-Hillman-Miller Clinic.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in history from Denison University in 1971, Dr. Jernigan decided to pursue the medical profession and fulfill his growing interest in the field. He earned an MD from West Virginia University in 1975 and continued with two residencies in obstetrics and gynecology at Akron City Hospital. He was Chief Resident in obstetrics and Gynecology at Akron City Hospital from 1978 to 1979. He returned to his education to receive a Master of Arts in history from East Tennessee State University in 2005. On top of teaching at the institution, he has served on a number of boards and committees for the university, such as the CME Advisory Board and the Graduate Medical Education Committee.

On a civic level, Dr. Jernigan is a member of the First Christian Church and is involved with the Pirate Club of East Tennessee State University. In 1993, he co-authored “Antibiotic Associated Pseudomembranous Colitis and Toxic Megacolon Post Cesarean Section” for the Tennessee Medical Association. Dr. Jernigan has been recognized for his work on numerous occasions; receive such awards as the Pearls of Wisdom for the Clinical Years honor from East Tennessee State University in 2017 and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He is the co-founder of The North American Menopause Society and is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership and the Tennessee Medical Association.

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