Addiction Medicine Physician

Cherokee Health Systems
 Knoxville, TN

SUMMARY: By utilizing a team based model, the Addiction Medicine Physician provides comprehensive and ongoing high-quality, evidence based treatment for individuals diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder (SUD).


The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Collaborates with other members of the care team, including nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, behavioral health providers, community health coordinators, to provide high quality SUD care and primary care to CHS patients
  • Reviews patient file/record, including allergies, problems, medications, and immunization status.
  • Elicits and records information about patient's medical history.
  • Examines patients for symptoms or physical information.
  • Orders or executes various tests, analyses, and diagnostic images to provide information on patient's condition.
  • Analyzes reports and findings of tests and examination, and diagnoses condition of patient.
  • Administers or prescribes treatments.
  • Determines and prescribes medication, dosage, and schedule given the patient's condition and allergies.
  • Discusses any possible side effects to medication or immunization with patient.
  • Prescribes and administers vaccinations to immunize patient from communicable diseases.
  • Promotes health by advising patients about diet, hygiene, and methods for prevention of disease.
  • Refers patients to medical specialist for consultant services when necessary for patient's wellbeing.
  • Documents the patient's visit including medical history, physical exam, diagnoses, and plan of action.
  • Addresses and responds to daily patient calls during office hours.
  • Supports organizational efforts to become an exemplary patient centered health home
  • Provides consultation, education, and clinical guidance to the care team on the unique needs and considerations of SUD patient populations.
  • Maintains and documents the problem oriented medical record accurately after each patient visit.
  • Remains current with regard to new developments in the field through participation in pertinent professional and educational opportunities.
  • Assists in the integration of Addiction Medicine service into community care continuum.
  • Understands and supports models of excellence for Addiction Medicine services
  • Carries out clinical supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the CHS’s policies and applicable laws, including APN supervision when required.
  • Participates in Quality Improvement (QI), Quality Assurance (QA) and Continuous Quality Improvement Activities (CQI) as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience: Board-eligible or board-certified physician (M.D. or DO) from an accredited Medical School with progressively responsible management and/or clinical experience. Addiction Medicine experience in clinical setting.

Certificates and Licenses: Licensed Medical Doctor in the state of Tennessee.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  1. Understanding of Substance Use Disorder treatment
  2. Knowledge of evidence based medicine for individuals
  3. Familiarity with health care systems, regulations, policies, and functions.
  4. Understanding of documentation standards.


  1. Ability to effectively communicate and collaborative with all members of the care team and support staff
  2. Skill in handling a number of tasks simultaneously.
  3. Skill in Word Processing software and Electronic Medical Records software.


  1. Ability to collaborate with other members of the care team
  2. Ability to identify problems, use good judgment and recommend solutions.
  3. Ability to establish priorities and coordinate work activities.

This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Cherokee Health Systems provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or genetics.