Dr. James Ettien
Dr. Ettien was born in Chattanooga and attended the University of the South at Sewanee. Following graduation he accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force and was rated as an aerial Navigator. Following a tour of duty in the Strategic Air Command, he received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and served as Editor of the student newspaper and as President of the Senior Class. He was also awarded the Mosby Scholarship Award.
His postgraduate training was taken at Vanderbilt and the Medical College of Georgia. Following two years of private practice in North Carolina he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He was subsequently recruited to the Diagnostic Clinic in Largo, Florida, and served as Chairman of the Cancer Control Committee and was the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer for 27 years.
Dr. Ettien transitioned to Nashville, TN where he built a Surgical Clinic at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center (2006-2015) at the request of the hospital. He also served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and as a member of the Medical Executive Committee as well as a member of the Board of Trustees.
In 2006 he was asked to assume the position of Medical Director of the Southern Hills Wound Care Center. He was subsequently asked to become the first Medical Director of the new TriStar Division Wound and Vascular Services Program (2015 -2020.) In addition, he also served as the Medical Director for Integumetrix where he provided physician oversight and direction for the advanced wound care Nurse Practitioners under the American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines.
Dr. Ettien is certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) in addition to being a Senior Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), a Senior Member of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) as well as many other surgical organizations. He also served as Editorial Advisor for “Resident and Staff Physician.” In 1982 he became a member of the Undersea Medical Society (UMS) which later became the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).
He brings extensive knowledge and expertise with surgical and medical patients with complex wounds and is knowledgeable in the latest wound care technology.
Having enjoyed many hours of flying after receiving his Commercial Pilot Rating in 1980 and navigating the ocean floor as a certified SCUBA diver, today, Dr. Ettien spends his off hours as a master model ship builder and is an avid golfer. He and his wife reside in Nashville, TN.
Joann Ettien, RN, MHA
Deemed by Nashville Medical News as one of 2011’s Women to Watch Joann, with over 30 years experience in clinical oversight, regulatory compliance, and clinical care for high-profile Southeast region medical hospitals, accepted the position of interim CEO at the National Park Medical Center in Arkansas just weeks before the Pandemic of 2020. Her keen leadership abilities along with her in-depth understanding of the medical community allowed her to swiftly and calmly navigate the hospital, its staff, and patients through those historic months.
Though offered an opportunity to remain at the facility, Mrs. Ettien returned to Nashville to partner with her husband, Dr. James Ettien, in establishing a consulting firm that would provide the legal community with the expertise required for cases involving the medical field.
Having earned her Masters in Health Care Administration, she also holds her ACHE membership and a current licensed Registered Nurse. She served as Lifepoint Healthcare Interim Executive CEO (2019-2020. She also served as Administrator/COO from 2006-2019 to both Centennial Women’s and Children’s hospital and was the driving force behind the addition of the Pediatric Program of the TriStar Children’s Hospital in 2011. Ms. Ettien currently resides on the board of Pinson Hospital Hospitality House, and was a previous board member of March of Dimes, Ronald McDonald House Charities Nashville, and YWCA Nashville.
Joann and her husband, while having spent many years SCUBA diving the many reefs of the globe, can now be found pursuing her passion of golf and enjoying their two grown daughters and two sons, along with their three grandchildren. Joann and her husband, Jim, reside in Nashville, TN.