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VOL. 43 | NO. 32 | Friday, August 9, 2019

CM Covenant appoints Warwick as CAO

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Scott Warwick has been named chief administrative officer of Thompson Cancer Survival Center, Covenant Health’s flagship cancer program.

“We are looking forward to having Scott Warwick in this critically important role at Thompson Cancer Survival Center and Covenant Health. He will be working strategically with our oncology physicians to design the future of Covenant Health’s cancer services,” says Jim VanderSteeg, president and CEO.

Warwick is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center School of Allied Health. He has served in a variety of clinical, administrative and executive positions during his more than 20-year career.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity,” Warwick says. “Thompson has a legacy of being at the forefront of providing outstanding cancer care, which strongly aligns with my efforts throughout my career to offer the most advanced cancer treatments available for our community. I am eagerly looking forward to working with the program’s talented physicians, clinicians and employees. I know that, together, we can maintain Thompson as one of the nation’s leading comprehensive cancer centers. I am truly excited to get started.”

Warwick began his oncology career as a certified medical dosimetrist, a specialist who designs radiation treatment plans, calculates dosages and assures plans are implemented accurately.

In 2009 he was named vice president of clinical operations for Provision Healthcare in Knoxville, and in 2013 he transitioned to vice president of strategic initiatives and program development. In those roles Warwick was responsible for developing and implementing new strategic initiatives, physician recruitment and alignment, and government and payer relations. He served on a number of state and national boards and led local, state and national efforts to bring proton therapy to East Tennessee.

Fort Loudoun Primary adds Wolfenbarger


Kristen Wolfenbarger, DO, has joined Fort Loudoun Primary Care.

She has nine years of medical experience, and her clinical interests include pediatrics, diabetes management,

depression and anxiety, and non-medication treatments.

Wolfenbarger attended medical school at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Fort Loudoun Primary Care is in Lenoir City, 423 Medical Park Dr., Suite 100.

Chamber achieves milestone, honors volunteers

The Blount County Chamber of Commerce is the fifth chamber in the nation to top $200,000 in revenue.

During a recent new and upgraded membership drive, 396 joined or renewed.

The $328,290 is the most ever generated by a chamber in the state of Tennessee, surpassing Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber’s total of $183,144.

Volunteers earning top honors at the event were Dave Bennett of Cherokee Millwright and Jackie Mills of Jackie Mills Realty, who were named Godfaddah and Godmuddah, respectively.

Other winners were:

GodMuddah in Training: Robyn Blair, Tracy Queen

GoodFellas: Jason Brooks, Kathy Johnson, Joe Huff, Bob Booker, Tom Hatcher, Keeli Boyce, Fran Bennett, Jackie Mills, Chris Soro


Sandbag King: David Shanks

Cheatin’ Queen: Jackie Mills

Phelps, Brewer honored for early research


Two early career researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made the “Periodic Table of Younger Chemists” list.

Nuclear engineer Clarice Phelps, of the Isotope & Fuel Cycle Technology Division, was selected to represent the element einsteinium.

Nathan Brewer, a postdoctoral researcher in ORNL’s Physics Division, represents tennessine.

The two were named following an international competition conducted by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the International Younger Chemists Network.

Phelps was cited “for her outstanding commitment to research and public engagement, as well as being an important advocate for diversity. She is the first African American woman to be involved with the discovery of an element, tennessine.”

ORNL and Vanderbilt University nominated Brewer for his contributions to the discovery of tennessine and for his work with the even heavier element 118, oganesson, the subject of his 2018 paper published in the journal Physical Review C. Brewer spoke about this work in a video for ORNL.

ORAU promotes James


Eboni James has been promoted to associate general counsel at Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

She was formerly a contracts administrator at ORAU.

In her new role, James will assist Vice President and General Counsel Rachel Lokitz in planning and directing ORAU’s legal affairs. She will support the general counsel on matters such as corporate policies and procedures, insurance, contracts, litigation and employment issues. James will also support ORAU’s programs and internal business clients on legal rights, contractual obligations, compliance and risk.

“We are excited for Eboni to take on this new role at ORAU. Her proficiency in teamwork, legal expertise and business management has made Eboni a critical asset for our organization. We all congratulate her and look forward to seeing her excel in this new position,” says ORAU President and CEO Andy Page.

James received her B.A. in psychology and political science from the University of Tennessee and continued on to the University of Tennessee’s College of Law, earning her Juris Doctor degree.

James has been a member of the Knoxville Bar Association for more than three years on the Diversity in the Profession Committee, and served as a member of CASA of East Tennessee for three years.

Jewel to lead legal writing

University of Tennessee professor Lucy Jewel has been selected to lead the College of Law’s Legal Writing Program.


Jewel says as the program’s new director she will focus on better connecting the process of legal writing to the process of legal research.

“I think there’s a lot of room for synergy here,” she adds. “We can do a better job of identifying the core pieces of knowledge that law students need to master in order to write well, and then focus on delivering quality instruction for each piece.”

Jewel, who has been teaching law-related courses for more than 10 years, is a former commercial litigator.

She frequently presents on legal writing, legal education and professionalism topics at national and international academic conferences. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between technology, law, culture and rhetoric.

College of Law Dean Melanie Wilson says she’s pleased to have someone with Jewel’s experience and commitment leading this effort. “Professor Jewel is an excellent professor and scholar, and a tribute to our college,” Wilson says. “I look forward to working with her in this new role and to supporting her efforts to affect change and improvement in our students’ writing.”

Collins joins Tennova practice in Choto

Tennova Healthcare recently welcomed Jason Collins, M.D., family medicine physician, to its primary care practice in Choto.

Collins specializes in caring for men, women and children ages 2 and older. He offers well checks, immunizations, sick visits, sports medicine, and men’s and women’s health screenings.

He is also dedicated to the prevention and management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Most recently, Collins saw his patients at Tennova Primary Care – Farragut on the campus of Turkey Creek Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis, and he completed an internship and residency at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville. He is board certified in family medicine.

Collins’ new office at Tennova Primary Care – Choto, located at 1612 Choto Markets Way, Knoxville.

South College student elected as liaison

Kari J. Parker, a third-year pharmacy student at the South College School of Pharmacy, has been elected as a regional liaison for the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society.

Phi Lambda Sigma is a national association chartered at 125 of the 138 schools and colleges of pharmacy across the United States and operates through a system of local chapters.

Parker, who will represent Region 3, has served at South College as Class of 2020 vice president; president of Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma; vice president of policy for APhA Academy of Student Pharmacists; a Tennessee Pharmacist Association delegate; and as a contributing member of the Student Executive Council for the School of Pharmacy.

She earned a degree in chemistry from Savannah State University.

ACA re-elects Knoxville’s Swersky as delegate

Gregg Swersky was re-elected to the Council of Delegates of the ACA International.

Swersky, IFCCE, is chief relationship officer with Wakefield & Associates.

The Knoxville company deals with financial services.

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