Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) is proud to announce Dr. Edward Eastham has been named physician of the year, Dr. Josh McCollum received the clinical excellence award and Dr. Andy Brown received the Olin Williams Distinguished Service award. Awards were given during the hospital’s annual board member and medical staff Christmas celebration held this past Thursday evening (12/6/23012).
“I am honored to recognize these three individuals who provide such exceptional, compassionate care to our patients, families and the Rutherford County community,” said Gordon Ferguson, president and CEO of MTMC.
Honored physicians were chosen by the MTMC medical staff. Possible areas for consideration when nominating physician of the year include longevity on the medical staff, hospital service, medical staff offices, committees, hospital board membership, medical and community service, and service to the needy.
“MTMC has an exceptional medical staff and this is an opportunity for their peers to recognize their outstanding achievements,” said Dr. Michael Jordan, Chief of Staff for MTMC. “I am honored to call them my colleagues and friends.”
Eastham, MTMC’s Chief of Medical Staff from 2009-2011, became a member of the hospital’s medical staff in 2001. He is a board certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, and completed his pediatric residency at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. Eastham has been voted Best Pediatrician by the readers of Rutherford Parent magazine, as well as the readers of the Daily News Journal.
McCollum became a member of the MTMC medical staff in 2002. He practices internal and pediatric medicine and is a partner of Tennessee Medicine and Pediatrics in Smyrna. McCollum earned his bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine, he served as MTMC’s Chief of Medicine in 2006 and was a representative on the Physician Excellence Committee.
Brown has served as MTMC’s Vice President of Medical Affairs since 2002. He assumed this role after nearly 20 years of service as a pediatrician with MTMC. He serves as a liaison between the medical staff and administration of MTMC, as well as a counselor and advisor to the other hospital departments and administrators. He received his undergraduate and masters' degrees from Middle Tennessee State University, his doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Memphis and completed both his internship and residency at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Olin Williams Distinguished Service Award was created in memory of Dr. Olin Williams, a general surgeon in Murfreesboro. Dr. Williams is known to have been a compassionate, skilled and gifted surgeon who was heavily involved in community and church.