Justin Widner, D.O.
I was born and raised here in Claiborne County. I am a graduate of Claiborne High and attended Lincoln Memorial University for both my undergraduate and medical school degree. From an early age, my parents instilled in me the value of hard work. Most of my childhood was spent on the farm in a tobacco patch. My parents always pushed me to do my best and believed I could accomplish anything I set my mind to.
I always knew I wanted a career in which I could help people. During high school, when illness struck my own family, I realized a career in the medical field would give me the opportunity to help others, some at the most vulnerable times in their lives. Being a first generation college student, I thought the idea of becoming a physician was too far fetched, but thanks to the support of my family, church, and community, a small town country boy was able to achieve his dreams. I knew I wanted to come back to serve this community that was able to shape me into the person I have become. I want to be a role model to the future generations that no dream is too big, with hard work and determination.
Pediatrics allows for the unique opportunity to watch my patients and families grow. I deeply value the trust parents bestow upon me to allow me to care for their most precious possession, their child. Pediatrics allows us to focus on preventive medicine which keeps our children safe while they are growing and developing. I am excited to be able to bring pediatric services to the community that has had such a great influence on me. With the help of East Tennessee Children's Hospital, I will help close the distance to pediatric services that is much needed in this area. I look forward to the opportunity to take care and serve the children of Claiborne County and the surrounding area.
- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN (2017)
- BS, Biology, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN (Magna Cum Laude) (2013)
- Pediatric Residency, East Tennessee State University-Quillen College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Johnson City, TN
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and our great pyrenees puppy. I also enjoy spending time with my church family and especially my youth group. I love being outdoors any chance I can get. My newest adventure is being a father to my one year old daughter.