The Mentor: James Ettien, MD, FACS

Dr. Ettien was born in Chattanooga and attended the University of the South at Sewanee. Following graduation he accepted a commission in the U.S. Air Force and was rated as an aerial Navigator. Following a tour of duty in the Strategic Air Command, he received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and served as Editor of the student newspaper and as President of the Senior Class. He was also awarded the Mosby Scholarship Award.

His postgraduate training was taken at Vanderbilt and the Medical College of Georgia. Following two years of private practice in North Carolina he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia. He was subsequently recruited to the Diagnostic Clinic in Largo, Florida, and served as Chairman of the Cancer Control Committee and was the Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer for 27 years.       

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Dr. Ettien transitioned to Nashville, TN where he built a Surgical Clinic at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center (2006-2015) at the request of the hospital.  He also served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and as a member of the Medical Executive Committee as well as a member of the Board of Trustees. 

In 2006 he was asked to assume the position of Medical Director of the Southern Hills Wound Care Center. He was subsequently asked to become the first Medical Director of the new TriStar Division Wound and Vascular Services Program (2015-2020.) In addition, he also served as the Medical Director for Integumetrix where he provided physician oversight and direction for the advanced wound care Nurse Practitioners under the American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines. 

In 2006 he was asked to assume the position of Medical Director of the Southern Hills Wound Care Center. He was subsequently asked to become the first Medical Director of the new TriStar Division Wound and Vascular Services Program (2015-2020.) In addition, he also served as the Medical Director for Integumetrix where he provided physician oversight and direction for the advanced wound care Nurse Practitioners under the American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines. 

Dr. Ettien is certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) in addition to being a Senior Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), a Senior Member of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) as well as many other surgical organizations. He also served as Editorial Advisor for “Resident and Staff Physician.” In 1982 he became a member of the Undersea Medical Society (UMS) which later became the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

He brings extensive knowledge and expertise with surgical and medical patients with complex wounds and is knowledgeable in the latest wound care technology. 

Having enjoyed many hours of flying after receiving his Commercial Pilot Rating in 1980 and navigating the ocean floor as a certified SCUBA diver, today, Dr. Ettien spends his off hours as a master model ship builder and is an avid golfer. He and his wife reside in Nashville, TN. 

James Ettien’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Make the wrong decision, and then work on it to make it right.

Number 2: Understand wound care. If you understand wound care, you understand the basis of medicine. Wound Care involves every organ systems, and all disease processes.

Connect with James:

Website: EttienConsultants.com
Email: jettien@comcast.net

Notable quotes from James’s interview:

Well, if I can navigate a B-52, maybe I could go to medical school.

My brain was not constructed along mathematical lines.

I was looking at spending the rest of my life at a very hard job. But I wanted it to be one that I would enjoy and feel comfortable with, and do well with.

You have to live in Augusta for about 40 years before you are a newcomer, and you got to have your family stay there for three generations before you are considered a native.

There is an awful lot of physiology going on in wound care. There’s an awful lot of science. And, most people aren’t doing it all, and certainly not doing it right.

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