Dr. Metzger performing a cardiovascular surgery procedure in an operating room
Dr. Chris Metzger performing a cardiovascular surgery procedure in an operating room
Academics & Research
The future of rural healthcare starts here

Ballad Health is redefining rural health by investing in world-class clinical research, leading educational programs and advanced technology – all close to home.

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Pushing the boundaries of what's possible

Nationally recognized for our expertise, Ballad Health is building the next generation of inventive leaders and fostering a culture of curiosity in medicine.

We're dedicated to ensuring that the people of the Appalachian Highlands have access to the latest treatments and services available.

Clinical trial participants Cutting-edge treatments available in our region
Students Training in our facilities each year
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Clinical trials at Ballad Health

Clinical trials provide important research data for a wide range of conditions, specialties, drugs and treatments. Ballad Health is consistently a top enroller for clinical trials in the United States.

You can learn more about how to participate in one of our ongoing clinical trials by clicking the button below.

Contact us

Contact our research team at or (423) 230-5615 if you have a question about clinical trials, research inquiries or partnerships.

If you're looking for information about residencies, student programs or continued medical education, you can reach out to our academic team by emailing