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Dr. Jerry Blackwell

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Dr. Jerry Blackwell is the chief clinical officer of Ballad Health. Prior to his current role, Dr. Blackwell served as president of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, which was repeatedly ranked among the elite in the nation for its delivery of superior, expert care.

Blackwell joined the medical staff of Holston Valley Medical Center in the mid-1990s, bringing expertise in magnetic resonance imaging of the cardiovascular system. He quickly developed national prominence in computerized tomography (CT) angiography of the heart. He has helped pioneer the clinical use of cardiac CT, cardiac MRI and cardiac positron emission topography (PET) in the Tri-Cities area and in addition has a busy clinical practice.
Blackwell is involved at a national level in multiple capacities. He served for three years on the board of governors of the American College of Cardiology and as president of the of the Tennessee chapter of the ACC. He is currently the chair-elect of the ACC’s Health Affairs Committee. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases by the American Board of Medical Examiners.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and graduated from the Marshall University School of Medicine. Blackwell completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at The Ohio State University and his cardiovascular MRI fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also graduated from the physician’s executive MBA program at the University of Tennessee.