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ENT physician in East Tennessee - Mountain Home, TN, USA

Job Description

James H. Quillen VA Medical Center is seeking a full-time BC/BE Otolaryngologist to serve our veteran population.  Focus on patient care rather than the headache of running a private practice.  Enjoy the flexibility of no contracts or non-competes.  Spend time doing things you enjoy with an excellent work/life balance. 


  • Loan Repayment through – EDRP (Education Debt Reduction Program)
  • No contracts or non-competes
  • Excellent Benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Great work/life balance
  • No State Income Tax
  • Low patient to provider ratio - no RVU productivity
  • Local residents/medical students for teaching opportunities


Johnson City, Tennessee is known for its rich history, cultural heritage, outdoor activities, and beautiful lakes and mountain vistas. As the eighth largest city in Tennessee, Johnson City boasts diverse economic and educational opportunities and has become a regional hub for health care, including medical and pharmacy schools associated with East Tennessee State University. The city is also home to a beautiful and historic Veterans Administration campus and hospital which celebrated 120 years serving veterans.  Exciting day trips to Asheville, Knoxville, Gatlinburg and the ski areas of North Carolina are about an hour away.

All this, an excellent economy, and one of the lowest costs of living in the U.S. led Forbes magazine to list Johnson City as one of the “Best Small Cities for Business and Careers.” Kiplinger’s named it one of the “10 Least Expensive Cities for Living in the U.S.A.” Residents and visitors alike are drawn to the big city opportunities and small town atmosphere of Johnson City, a one-of-a-kind town.

Facility Description

The James H. Quillen (Mountain Home, Tennessee) VA Medical Center is a comprehensive healthcare facility serving the needs of Veterans in northeast Tennessee, southwest Virginia, western North Carolina, and southeast Kentucky. Built in 1903, this facility is rich in historical significance, having been authorized by President Abraham Lincoln prior to his death.

The Mountain Home facility, located in the center of Johnson City, Tennessee, is spread over 247 acres and includes the medical center, nursing home care unit, Domiciliary, National Cemetery and medical school affiliate. The Medical Center is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive healthcare is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, cardiology, audiology, geriatrics, and extended and Domiciliary care.

The James H. Quillen VAMC is a 114-bed hospital with Community Living Center of 120 beds, and Domiciliary of 295 beds. The serve 41 counties with a Veteran population of 200,000.

VA Benefits



Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 11 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses


  • Health Insurance : VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • Dental & Vision : Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts , which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance , family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits, 2) FERS-RAE basic benefits (pension), and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 12.2% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 16.6% of the employee’s salary
  • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2020, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $19,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $25,500.
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions , depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years service

Community Description

Bristol Motor Speedway sponsors two races per year including family night and night racing. Bristol Motor Speedway also sponsors Christmas Lights at the Speedway and ice skating during the winter months. The Tri-cities has several lakes including Boone, Watauga, and Holston.  The town of Jonesboro, the oldest town in Tennessee, holds the Story Telling Conference and a July 4th celebration in historic downtown Jonesboro. Johnson City sits in the eastern tip of Tennessee bordering North Carolina and Virginia. Historic cities such as Asheville North Carolina and Abingdon Virginia are within 45 minutes’ drive. Abingdon is home to the historic Barter Theatre and the Martha Washington Inn. The Highlands Festival is held in Abingdon and the Belle Chere celebration in Asheville NC. Due in part to the area's exceptional climate, golf is one of the Tri-Cities most popular sports. The area's ten beautiful courses challenge the most experienced golfers. Not to be overlooked are the area's unique shopping and dining facilities. 

Contact Email:
Employer: Department of Veteran Affairs
Location: Mountain Home, TN, USA
Position Type: Physician (MD, DO, Resident)
Employment Type: Permanent
Specialty: Otolaryngology
Salary Range: