NAM News - January 12, 2023
In This Issue

Letter from our 2023 President

I am honored and excited to serve as the incoming President of the Nashville Academy of Medicine.  I have been a member of NAM for nearly 30 years, and have seen the influence we as physicians have in promoting good health, from the individual patient in our offices to the halls of the State Assembly.

As a member of NAM, physicians will find support for the practice of patient-centered medicine.  It is more important than ever that physicians speak with one voice as we address outside intrusions into the physician – patient relationship. We come together as colleagues to defend ourselves, and our patients’ best interests, against the inappropriate influence of insurance, government and pharmaceutical industries.

As one of the oldest medical societies in America, we uphold and advocate for the highest standards of professionalism, medical practice and ethical conduct. We support doctors with education, leadership training, business/practice resources, peer-to-peer networking and other programs designed to help doctors grow personally and professionally.  We take our responsibility to educate and influence lawmakers very seriously.

At NAM, we partner with the Medical Foundation of Nashville to improve access to excellent healthcare for those who are uninsured in the community.

We welcome all members to get involved, and join us in our ongoing activities. We have made new friendships and partnerships in reaching common goals.  We invite non-members to join the 2,300 + members of the Academy in our mission to improve physician health, practice health and the health of our community. 


Michael Beckham, MD, FACP

Members, join us for our Jan. 26 President's Reception.

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of 2022 and look forward to 2023. We will install Michael Beckham, MD, as our 2023 NAM President and honor members serving on the NAM and MFN boards of Directors.
Click here or the image below to RSVP online. Reservations to attend this event will be prioritized for NAM members and partners. 
2023 President's Reception - January 26

2023 Membership Renewals Now Due

Membership renewals for 2023 are now underway as the Academy and TMA prepare for a significant 2023 Legislative Session representing YOU. Individual members have received a joint TMA/NAM invoice via mail and email, while groups receive separate invoices.

Members can also use the dues process to contribute to the Medical Foundation of Nashville and TMA Political Action Committee.

For more information or to receive a new invoice, please contact Jessica Miller at 615-712-6236 or Your dues support all of our programming, including TMA's advocacy and governmental affairs work, legal support, and local programs including PROSPER.

Save the Dates:

  • Day on the Hill - March 7
    TMA and NAM's annual lobby day in downtown Nashville is Tuesday, March 7. This day focuses on connecting physicians directly with lawmakers so you can be advocates for your patients and discuss major issues affecting the medical profession in Tennessee. Legislative session began this week, and TMA is focused on these five priorities for 2023. The event is free for all NAM and TMA physician members, medical office staff, and healthcare administrators. Please register online if you plan to attend, and NAM staff will communicate with you leading up to the event with more details and schedules. 

  • TMA House of Delegates - April 15
    The 188th TMA House of Delegates and Annual Meeting will be held in Franklin on Saturday, April 15. There may be limited spots available to participate on behalf of NAM. If you are interested in serving as an alternate delegate and potentially a delegate on behalf of NAM, email Rebecca Leslie at
Thank you to
our sponsors:
Burke Financial Group, LLC
Board of Directors:
  • Gregg Shepard, MD 
    Board Chair
  • Michael Beckham, MD
  • Carl Willis, MD
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Christin Giordano McAuliffe, MD 
  • Parul Goyal, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, III, MD
  • Matthew Pollard, MD
  • James Powers, MD  
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD 
  • Duane Smoot, MD

Contact Us:
General Inquiries
Phone: (615) 712-6236  
Project Access Nashville 
Specialty Care
Phone: (615) 712-6237
Rebecca Leslie, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

Nikki Ringenberg, MPA
Senior Director

Taylor Crawford, MPH
Director of Strategic Projects
and Operations

Jessica Miller, MS
Director of Physician and Community Engagement

Anastacia Volz
Executive Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care

Erica Brahan
Assistant Director of Project Access
Nashville Specialty Care
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New Laws Effective Jan. 1

Several laws enacted by the 2022 General Assembly became effective Jan. 1 and may be of special interest to physicians since they could require action or reporting. Others are for information only. Click here for TMA's article summarizing these laws.

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