Dr. Eric Penniman named executive medical director


Eric Penniman, DO, has joined Summit Medical Group as executive medical director.

As executive medical director, Penniman serves as the liaison between Summit Medical Group healthcare providers and the support staff, patients, business partners and community.

“Dr. Penniman will help facilitate the ongoing transition of all Summit Medical Group practices from fee-for-service to a fee-for-value model,” Summit Medical Group CEO Ed Curtis said. “He will lead our sites and providers in providing a value-based system focused on patient experience and quality clinical outcomes.

“His expertise in primary and ambulatory care management, electronic medical record system models and quality improvement and reporting make him an invaluable asset to our physicians, staff, and most importantly, our patients.”

Penniman has practiced family medicine throughout his 21-year career. Since 2011, he has served as district medical director for primary care for Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, overseeing 125 providers representing clinics throughout a 200-mile radius. Penniman also served as the clinic’s regional physician champion for advanced access and the associate director for quality improvement since 2004 and as physician champion for informatics since 2002.

He helped to pioneer the model for electronic medical records (EMR) for the Marshfield Clinic practice sites and oversaw quality metrics during a transition of focus from “volume to value.” Prior to these roles, he led the Stettin Center and the systems family medicine department of about 100 physicians.

Penniman earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his doctor of osteopathic degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He completed his internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and his residency at University of Wisconsin, Wausau Family Practice Center. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and licensed by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Penniman will reside in West Knoxville with his wife, Amy Penniman. He enjoys spending time with his family, which includes three adult daughters and two grandsons; church activities; sports, especially water and snow skiing; and fishing, hiking and camping. For the past 10 years, he has led an annual medical mission trip with Global Health Outreach and the Christian Medical & Dental Associations.