John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, previously served as director of the Cumberland Plateau Health District in Southwest Virginia. During his nine years in that role, he also spent two years serving as acting director of the Lenowisco Health District. Dr. Dreyzehner began his medical career as a United States Air Force flight surgeon and, prior to returning to public service with the Virginia Department of Health, practiced occupational medicine as director of the Blue Ridge Occupational Health Clinic in Lebanon, Va.
"I am pleased that John has agreed to join our team," Haslam said. "He brings a wealth of experience to the position from his service in the Air Force to his work as a public health official in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. I look forward to working with him and appreciate his willingness to serve the citizens of Tennessee."
"I am honored and excited to be a part of Governor Haslam's administration," Dreyzehner said. "It has been my privilege to work with dedicated Tennessee Department of Health professionals for years in Northeast Tennessee. I know we have a lot of work to do in tackling the significant health challenges Tennesseans face, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work."
Dr. Dreyzehner served the Air Force as Chief of Aeromedical Assessment in the Office of the Command Surgeon at Langley Air Force Base, as Chief of Flight Medicine in the 1st Medical Group of the 1st Fighter Wing, and as flight surgeon for the 94th Fighter Squadron. In addition to his occupational medicine and public health practice, he has also practiced in the field of addiction medicine.
He currently serves on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Health Policy Advisory Committee; as vice chair of the Southwest Virginia Health Authority; chairman of the board of One Care, Inc.; chairman of the Mountain Empire Public Health Emergency Coordination Council; chair of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Master of Public Health Advisory Committee; and co-chair of the Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition.
Dr. Dreyzehner graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his master of public health degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he completed his occupational medicine residency.
Dr. Dreyzehner is adjunct faculty at East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, founding faculty of the Healthy Appalachia Institute, and visiting assistant professor at the University of Virginia. He is also a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.