Physician Highlight:
Michael Meadows, M.D.

Originally from the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, Dr. Meadows served in the Marine Corps for 6 years before attending medical school at Marshall University. Following a family medicine residency, he was in private practice for nine years, during which time he also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a medical doctor. After the events of 9/11, Dr. Meadows was recalled to active duty for a 3-year tour in family medicine. In 2007, he was requested by the Navy to retrain as a radiologist immediately followed by a Fellowship in musculoskeletal (MSK) radiology. He subsequently became the Chief of Radiology at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. At the time of his military retirement, CAPT Meadows was serving as the Senior Medical Officer of the Physical Evaluation Board for the Secretary of the United States Navy.

When asked why he chose a career in radiology, Dr. Meadows explains, “As a primary care doctor, I most enjoyed the challenges of the diagnostic portion of medicine. I was always very impressed with how radiologists are instrumental for diagnosing patients, and I knew I would enjoy being in that role.” He explained how the advancements in technology also peaked his interests in radiology. “We can see things now that previously could only be seen during a patient’s surgery. With MRI and PET imaging advancements, we’re able to use physiology to determine what is wrong.” When asked what the most challenging part of his role is, he admitted, “You have to be as accurate as possible every time. You’re looking for the fine detail that can guide treatment and possibly save someone’s life.”

Dr. Meadows and his wife were originally from small towns, so it was no surprise that upon his retirement, they set out in search of a new community in East Tennessee. During a visit to the Morristown, Tennessee area, he said, “We knew immediately that it had the feel of ‘home’ and was just what we were looking for.” He and his wife are excited about his joining the Vista Radiology group and to begin working in their new community.

When Dr. Meadows is not serving his neighbors at the Morristown-Hamblen Medical Center, you will find him woodworking, attending his grandchildren’s ballgames, or working on his 1959 Chris-Craft wooden boat.