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Gregg Mitchell, MD
Co-Chair UTHSC Family Medicine
Program Director/ ER Fellowship
Director/Associate Professor

Dr. Mitchell's Bio
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee
Stats: Married to Amy; two sons and one daughter
Hobbies: Golf, Hunting, Tennis, Ole Miss football
Research/Areas of Interest: Family Medicine Outpatient procedures including no-scapel vasectomy, colposcopy with LEEP, and dermatological surgeries
Tidbits: 2004 Outstanding Clinical Lecturer at UT-Memphis, 2002 Golden Apple Teaching Award at UT-Memphis
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Scott Sadler, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Sadler's Bio
Hometown: La Vergne, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee-Memphis
Medical School: University of Tennessee-Memphis
Residency Program: UTFP-Memphis
Stats: Married, Kids
Hobbies: Movies, Sports, Music
What I did before medical school: College, Cleaned Pools
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: Left private practice to become a full-time faculty. I wanted to continue my obstetric skills
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Michael Martin, DO
Assistant Professor

Dr. Martin's Bio
Hometown: Hometown: Humboldt, TN
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville (Family Practice)
Hobbies: Woodworking, Yard Work
Research/Interests: Dermatological procedures, No Scalpel Vasectomy, Resident Education
Stats: Married to Christie, sons Jared and Matthew
What I did before medical school: Practiced Optometry
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: Well rounded program with great faculty
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John White, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. White's Bio
Hometown: Maryville, TN
Undergraduate: Tennessee Technological University
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Cooking, computers
Residency Program: University of Tennessee, Jackson, Family Medicine
Stats: Married, 1 son
Research/Interests: adolescent medicine, pediatrics, health information technology
What I did before medical school: Research in the field of radioactive waste reclamation
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: I love teaching future Family Medicine doctors!
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Grant Studebaker, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Studebaker's Bio
Hometown: Silver City, OK
Undergraduate: Oklahoma State University
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Tennessee - Jackson
Hobbies: Travel, Movies, Cars
What I did before medical school: EMT. I did my training here and realized it is like no other residency in the country. Jackson is very unique in the breadth of training it provides to it's residents and I wanted to be a part of that atmosphere. I love to teach and wanted to help continue the legacy of where I was trained.
Interest: Critical care, teaching office and hospital procedures to residents.
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Ruth Baker, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Baker's Bio
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Undergraduate: Florida State University
Medical School: University of Florida
Residency Program: Baylor College of Medicine
Stats: Married with 2 elementary school kids
Hobbies: Reading, Bible Study, Organizing Projects
What I did before medical school: Worked at Burger King
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: Love to teach; like to help people in all ways
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Elly Riley, DO
Assistant Professor

Dr. Riley's Bio

Hometown: Uniontown, OH/Mt. Juliet, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Martin
Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading, White Water Rafting, Yoga and attending concerts
Residency Program: Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio (Family Practice)
Stats: Married, 2 daughters
Research/Interests: childhood obesity, adolescent medicine, pediatrics
What I did before medical school: Instructed labs at UT Martin
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: My dream job!

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Chris Knight, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Knight's Bio

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate: University of Memphis
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Residency: University of Tennessee Family Medicine Jackson
Fellowship: University of Tennessee Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Stats: Married with a beautiful little girl
Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Video Games, Movies
Areas of Interest: Education
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: I was already very familiar with the program and they allowed me to continue to practice in multiple areas. I can work with the ER Fellows, Hospitalist Fellows and continue to help train residents.

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Melissa “Missy” Mooney, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mooney's Bio

Hometown: Millington, TN
Undergraduate: Union University, Jackson, TN
Medical School: ETSU- Quillen College of Medicine
Residency: UTHSC Internal Medicine- Memphis
Fellowship: University of Tennessee Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Stats: Married with two sweet little babies - Brooks and Callie Jo
Hobbies: playing with my kids, riding horses, kayaking or canoeing, duck hunting with my husband, spending time with family and friends
What I did before med school: I worked as medical assistant in an outpatient pediatric clinic.
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: I enjoy hospital medicine. What drew me to UT Jackson was the opportunity to practice inpatient medicine with a healthy work-life balance, while being able to stay current in an academic setting. It’s great group of faculty and residents!

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Devan Smith (Trull), DO
Assistant Professor

Dr. Smith's Bio

Hometown: Princeton, WV
Undergraduate: Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Medical School: WV School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV
Residency Program: Marshall University Family Medicine, Huntington, WV
Hobbies: During the summer I enjoy spending most of my downtime relaxing by the pool listening to audiobooks or podcasts. I also enjoy college football, floating on the river in the summer and skiing in Utah in the winter. When there’s a little extra time I love to travel to new places or venture back to WV to visit family and friends.
Stats: I recently got married during the pandemic on May 2nd to my husband Jace Smith. We met in residency at Marshall in WV and moved to TN in August 2019 after he completed his Orthopedics fellowship. We have 3 dogs and are settling well into life back in his hometown of Jackson. We are also looking forward to our postponed wedding reception in August!
What I did before medical school: After 4 years of college I did one year of graduate school for my Masters in Teaching and tutored in the science department to confirm that medical school was the route I wanted to pursue. I then started Med School the following year.
Why I Chose UT-Jackson: Upon moving to Jackson I began my 3rd year practicing as a Hospitalist with the JMCGH Hospitalists group. However, after discussing an open position in the UTFM department with Dr. Mitchell I realized that having the opportunity to get back into academics as a Hospitalist and back to my roots of Family Medicine appeared to be a better fit for me. Meeting the staff and residents and seeing their “family-like” bond solidified this decision for me and my family. My husband and I are excited to build a future here in Jackson and I feel UTFM fits perfectly into our personal and professional goals.

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Justin Ryan Turner, MD
Assistant Professor

Dr. Turner's Bio

Hometown: Huntingdon, TN (via Newellton, LA)
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Residency: University of Tennessee Family Medicine Jackson
Stats: Married to my wonderful wife, Barbara. We have one son, Declan and 2 dogs, Roxie and Shooter.
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Volunteer Football (GBO). Video gaming.
What I did before medical school: While at UT, I worked as a student assistant in the Sports Medicine department with several different sports teams. I immediately entered medical school following undergraduate.
Why did I choose UT-Jackson: I completed residency at UT Jackson and chose to stay on as faculty due to the opportunity to teach in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Areas of Interest: Medical education, inpatient medicine, point of care ultrasound

Last Published: Jul 8, 2020