Changes to Our Family
Children’s Hospital is more than a hospital – it’s a
family. Over the last year, we celebrated the retirements and decades-long
careers of several physicians who impacted the lives of thousands of children
in our community. We also said some final goodbyes to family members who
leave a lasting legacy on our hospital, and we are excited to have welcomed
seven new physicians to the family.
Jeffrey Jennings, M.D.
1983 - 2018
Dr. Jennings joined Children’s Hospital in 1983, following his fellowship
in pediatric cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. In his 35 years at
Children’s Hospital, Dr. Jennings brought advanced interventional
pediatric cardiac procedures to the region, such as balloon valvuloplasty
and septal defect closures. He also held numerous staff positions within
his time at Children’s Hospital, including Chief of Staff and Chief
of Department of Medicine, and served on the Board of Directors for 15
years with several years as Vice Chairman.
John Rogers, M.D.
1993 – 2018
As physician at Children’s Hospital since 1993, Dr. Rogers directed
the cystic fibrosis clinic and led it to be established as a center. Dr.
Rogers was also the director of the Respiratory Care Department and Pulmonary
Function Testing Lab for 25 years. His influence extended even further
when he developed outreach clinics throughout Tennessee, establishing
them in Kingsport, Morristown, Blountville, and Harrogate.
David Nickels, M.D.
1995 - 2017
After joining the Children’s Hospital team in 1995, Dr. Nickels
started the hospital’s pediatric endocrinology practice and served
as its director until June of 2017. Under his leadership, the practice
grew to include five pediatric endocrinologists and two nurse practitioners.
In his 22 years at Children’s Hospital, Dr. Nickels served on numerous
boards and committees and held various positions, including Chief of Staff,
Vice Chief of Staff, Chair of the Ethics Committee and Institutional Review Board.
Lazlo Hopp, M.D.
2009 - 2018
After emigrating from Hungary to the U.S. in the 1980’s, Dr. Hopp
joined the Children’s Hospital nephrology department in 2009. In
addition to being a pediatric nephrologist, Dr. Hopp also has a published
novel, Life in the Barracks, about a Hungarian physician who finds himself
in a military camp. As of 2018, Dr. Hopp also has a new book in publication:
Reason and Unreason in Western Philosophy: The Struggle of Certainty Against
Uncertainty Through History: A Layman’s Notes on Philosophy. In
retirement, Dr. Hopp is moving back to Budapest, Hungary, with his wife and son.
Jim Kimball, M.D.
Boys and Girls Pediatrics
1982 – 2018
Dr. Kimball retired this year after 43 years as a physician. He came to
Children’s Hospital in 1982 after working as an assistant professor
in pediatric hematology-oncology at Bowman Grey School of Medicine. Hired
under then-president Bob Koppel as an independent contractor,
Dr. Kimball joined Boys and Girls Pediatrics in Knoxville as a full partner
in 1987. The practice has been affiliated with East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital for more than 33 years.
Charles Machen, M.D.
1998 – 2018
As an adolescent medicine specialist at East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital, Dr. Machen retires after more than 40 years of experience in
pediatrics. Originally from Louisiana, he made his mark at Children’s
Hospital by operating the adolescent medical clinic. He was also a general
pediatrician with the Pediatric Clinic in Knoxville for 19 years, spanning
from 1998 to 2017.
John Maddox, Jr., M.D.
1935 – 2018
Dr. Maddox was the first pediatric specialist at East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital, and practiced pediatric surgery at East Tennessee Children’s
Hospital for almost forty years. During his tenure he served as Chief
of Surgery, Chief of Staff, and as a member of the Board of Trustees until
1999. His impact on the community and the development of East Tennessee
Children’s Hospital is immeasurable. Upon his retirement in 2003,
Children’s Hospital named a wing of its operating facilities after
him in honorarium.
Drew Perkerson, Pharm.D.
1981 – 2018
Drew came to Children’s Hospital in 2005. As a health unit coordinator,
he attended to patients and their families after surgery for more than
14 years. Last year, Drew received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree and joined
the Children’s Hospital Pharmacy. His sense of humor and outgoing
personality brought joy to his patients, coworkers and friends.
Mari Afanador Eaton, M.D.
Dr. Eaton came to Children’s Hospital after completing a fellowship
in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern
and a residency in pediatrics at University of South Florida College of Medicine.
Bryan J. Eriksen, M.D.
Dr. Eriksen joined Children’s Hospital’s neonatology team
after completing a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Augusta
University in Georgia and a residency in pediatrics at Greenville Hospital
System in South Carolina.
David E. Hill, M.D.
Dr. Hill came to Children’s Hospital last fall after completing
his fellowship in pediatric urology at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
and a residency in urology at University of Tennessee Center for Health
Sciences in Memphis. Dr. Hill served an additional residency and internship
in general surgery at Parkland Medical Hospital in Dallas, and was an
observer in pediatric urology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England.
Rhys W. Irvine, M.D.
Dr. Irvine came to Children’s Hospital last year after completing
his fellowship in pediatric urology at the University of Tennessee Health
Science Center in Memphis and a residency in urology at Akron General
Medical Center in Akron, Ohio.
Diana Quintero, M.D.
Dr. Quintero joined Children’s Hospital’s pediatric pulmonology
and respiratory care department last year, after completing her fellowship
in pediatric pulmonology at Baylor Medicine in Houston and a residency
in pediatrics at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Marielisa Rincon, M.D., M.Ed.
Dr. Rincon came to Children’s Hospital Endocrinology department
last fall. Dr. Rincon completed her fellowship in pediatric endocrinology
at Children’s Hospital of Montefiore in New York and a residency
in pediatrics at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York.
Cassandra Susman, M.D.
Pediatric Hospitalist Services
Dr. Susman became a hospitalist at Children’s Hospital after completing
a residency in pediatrics at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.