Dr. John Hendrick to be head psychiatrist at VA hospital
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Dr. John Hendrick
Dr. John Hendrick

A psychiatrist who has had private practices in both Cleveland and Chattanooga for 15 years has recently become the head of the psychiatry department at a state veterans hospital.

Dr. John Hendrick has been selected to be chief of psychiatry at Mountain Home VA Medical Center in Johnson City.

He is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Quillen School of Medicine, affiliated with East Tennessee State University and Mountain Home VA. Hendrick is also a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

He holds a Distinguished Service Award from the United States Public Health Service and has previously been named a recipient of an Irma J. Bland Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Residency Teaching from the American Psychiatric Association.

He has served as president of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association and has been Teacher of the Year twice in the psychiatry residency at ETSU. Hendrick has been with the VA for nine years and has been the Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry Services during that time.

Hendrick graduated with an M.D. degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where he also trained in psychiatry. His undergraduate experience was at George Mason University, UNC-Charlotte and Pfieffer University, from which he graduated magna cum laude in pre-professional medical sciences and psychology.

He was medical director of Lee-Harnett Mental Health Center in Sanford, N.C., before starting a 15-year private psychiatry practice in Cleveland and Chattanooga. He is a member of the Southern Psychiatric Association.

Hendrick is the curriculum coordinator for Neurosciences and Psychopharmacology in the ETSU Psychiatry Residency and focuses on teaching behavioral neurology and the psychobiological aspects of brain and behavior in the medical school and the residency. He has designed a course on behavioral neurosciences for the residency, and it was named the outstanding course of the year in the residency for 2012-13.

He and wife, Diane, live in Johnson City and have three sons — Jonathan and wife, Stephanie, Hendrick of Savannah, Ga., Andy Skidmore of Cleveland and Jeffrey and wife, Jennifer, Hendrick, who also live with grandsons Bobby and James in Cleveland.