NASHVILLE – Ian Flinn, MD, PhD, of Brentwood, was honored along with nurses from TriStar Sarah Cannon Cancer Center on the floor of the Tennessee Senate on Wednesday.

Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, recognized the work of Flinn and nurses working on the third floor of Sarah Cannon, where Ketron was treated for cancer. He talked about his experiences on Wednesday morning, including undergoing stem cell treatment.

“It was a journey,” he said.

Ketron said Tennessee is recruiting the best of the best medical talent.

“We’re so fortunate in Tennessee to have hospitals like Sarah Cannon, hospitals like Vanderbilt, hospitals like our hospital down in Memphis…It’s a tough business to be in because they see the toughest times of people struggling through an affliction that hits so many people today,” he said.

Ketron also nominated Dr. Flinn to serve as TMA’s legislative Doctor of the Day on Wednesday.

Dr. Flinn said it was a wonderful honor to be recognized by Ketron.

“We’re very glad Senator Ketron is doing so well and we can be here today with him,” Dr. Flinn said.

He said serving as Doctor of the Day is an opportunity to talk with legislators about issues affecting his patients and to learn.

“It seems like a good opportunity to learn more about our legislative process,” he said.

TMA works with the General Assembly each legislative session to provide volunteer physicians who serve the medical needs of lawmakers and their staff. Volunteers spend a day in Nashville getting a first-hand look at the legislative process and interacting with legislators.

The program gives TMA members an opportunity to take part in the political process while giving something back to the public servants who support physicians’ issues.

Dr. Flinn joined Sarah Cannon in 2006 as the director of the blood cancer research program. He oversees blood cancer research throughout Sarah Cannon and its affiliates, including the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Research Consortium. Dr. Flinn also serves as the director for the Sarah Cannon Center for Blood Cancer at Tennessee Oncology and TriStar Centennial Medical Center.


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