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Stephen Paul Combs

Stephen Paul Combs, American pediatrician, health facility administrator. Certified physician executive American College Physician Executives; diplomate National Board Medical Examiners. Recipient Forty Under 40 award, Business Journal, Health Care Hero award, 2003, 2007.


  • Combs, Stephen Paul was born on February 11, 1966 in Bristol, Tennessee, United States. Son of Paul Willis and Janis Rose Combs.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, East Tennessee State University, 1988. Doctor of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, 1992. Master in Finance, University North Carolina, 2008.


    • Resident pediatrics Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1992—1995, chief pediatrics residents Duke Children's Hospital, 1994—1995. Partner Mountain Region Pediatricians, Kingsport, Tennessee, 1995—1998, secretary, since 1998. Pediatrician Gray Station Pediatrics, since 1999.

      Vice president medical affairs Holston Valley Medical Center, 2006—2009. Director pediatrics intensive care Wellmont Health Systems, 1998—2006, chairman pediatrics critical care, 1996—2006, chief medical office, 2008—2010. Chairman department pediatrics Indian Path Medical Center, 1999—2003.

      Member medical advisory board American Homepatient, Nashville, 1995—1998. Member child fatality review board judicial District II State of Tennessee, since 1995. Board directors Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, chief staff, 2006.

      Medical director clinical trials program Highlands Physicans Inc., 2001—2004, board directors, member various committees. Associate clinical professor pediatrics East Tennessee State University, 2002—2005, clinical professor pediatrics, since 2005. Board directors Highlands Wellmont Health Network, vice chairman, since 2008.

      Vice-chair, physicians executive committee Wellmont Physician Services, since 2005, president, Chief Executive Officer, since 2007, system senior vice president for medical affairs, since 2007, chief medical officer, chief academy officer, since 2009.

    Major achievements

    • Certified physician executive American College Physician Executives. Diplomate National Board Medical Examiners.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    The two greatest commandments are to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your entire mind" and to "love your neighbor as yourself.".

    Denomination: Baptist


    All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.


    Fellow American Academy Pediatrics (resident representative 1993-1995, program chairman Tennessee chapter 2000, nominating chair Tennessee chapter 2001, fellow at large since 2005), American Society Clinical Pediatrics, American Board Pediatrics, American Board Forensic Examiners, American Society Clinical Pediatrics. Member American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, North Carolina Medical Association, Duke Medical Alumni Association, East Tennessee State University Medical Alumni Association (representative since 1992), Alpha Omega Alpha.



    Revolutionary war, skiing, golf.


    • father: Paul Willis
    • mother: Janis Rose Combs
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    Born February 11, 1966
    (age 51)