Reid B. BlackwelderMD, FAAFP
Reid B. Blackwelder is a family physician in Kingsport, Tennessee. He serves as director of the Medical Student Education Division for the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he is also a professor of family medicine. He previously served as program director of the Kingsport Family Medicine Residency Program of ETSU for more than 13 years and remains on faculty at the residency. Dr. Blackwelder is board chair and past president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is past president of the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians. As board chair of the AAFP, Blackwelder advocates on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. health care system.
For the past 22 years, Dr. Blackwelder has been affiliated with the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. His residency practice maintains a vigorous hospital presence as one of only two family medicine groups that still admits its own patients. Until spring 2013, he was the only family physician in Kingsport practicing obstetrics. Dr. Blackwelder earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, graduating cum laude and as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, serving as chief resident. After he completed residency, Blackwelder served in the National Health Service Corps for many years as the only physician in the small town of Trenton, Georgia.