It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David T. Dodd, M.D. Dr. Dodd died suddenly December 18, 2010 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN. Dr. Dodd was involved in the development of the Center for Professional Health and our continuing medical education programs for physicians. Dr. Dodd was an instructor in our courses for many years. He was an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical School.
Dr. Dodd was born in Smyrna, TN and grew up on a farm on Rock Springs Road. Dr. Dodd was a lifelong resident of Rutherford County and graduated from Central High School in 1946. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1950. From 1950 to 1953, he attended the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine. He interned as General Surgeon at the Institute of Nashville General and Vanderbilt University until 1955. He then entered the military and served in the Strategic Air Command for two years. He was a Flight Surgeon at Savannah’s Hunter Air Force Base and did a tour of duty in French Morocco after which he returned to the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis to complete his Surgical Residency.
In 1961, Dr. Dodd started his surgery practice at Rutherford Hospital, now known as Middle Tennessee Medical Center, where he served the people of Rutherford County and the surrounding communities faithfully. He performed his last surgery in early 1985. In November of 1983, he became the Medical Director of the Tennessee Medical Association Impaired Physicians Program. The TMA program, through Dr. Dodd, helped rehabilitate thousands of physicians suffering from the disease of chemical dependency or mental and emotional illness, or both.
Dr. Dodd developed a model continuing care program by calling on the presence and assistance of PHP graduates and other physician volunteers across Tennessee. From January 1997 to July 1998, he served as the Consulting Medical Director for the PHP. From July 1998 to February 2001, he attained Emeritus Medical Director status. In March 2001, Dr. Dodd was called back into active duty as Medical Director to aid the PHP once again. He served in that position until December 2001 and officially retired on January 1, 2002.
Dr. Dodd was instrumental in the formation of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs, a national organization dedicated to physician health. Dr. Dodd was one of the first physicians credentialed in Addiction Medicine. Among many honors was the William C. Menninger Medal for Achievement in Mental Health awarded by the American College of Physicians in 1998.
Memorials may be made to the Rutherford/Cannon County Drug Court Support Foundation
Board, c/o Ruth Hafner, 9715 Patterson Rd., Rockvale, TN, 37153, (615) 896-4515; the Middle
Tennessee Medical Center Foundation, 1700 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129,
615) 396-4809 or the Tennessee Medical Foundation Endowment, 216 Centerview Dr, Suite 304,
Brentwood, TN 37027, (615) 467-6411.