After earning his Bachelor of Science from Tennessee Wesleyan College and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences, Dr. Lynn Massingale completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Just one year later, in 1979, Dr. Massingale noticed that hospitals in the area were struggling to staff their emergency departments. As a creative solution, he went on to co-found and launch the predecessor to what is now known as TeamHealth, an organization he led as CEO until 2009 when he moved to his current position as Executive Chairman.
Known as a major influencer in the emergency medicine field, Dr. Massingale’s extensive career has helped develop an entire industry—the outsourcing of staffing and management of emergency medicine, hospitalist, anesthesiology and other hospital-based services to expert third parties. Under his leadership, TeamHealth completed its successful IPO in 2009 and LBO in 2017. Forever committed to patient safety, Dr. Massingale also led TeamHealth in launching the nation’s largest Patient Safety Organization in 2014, an initiative that assists hospitals and health care providers in ensuring safety among their patient populations.
But TeamHealth’s impact hasn’t simply been among hospital and health care providers. The organization is dedicated to assisting the larger community when crisis hits. During hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and in the aftermath of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, TeamHealth clinicians and administrative teams provided critical responses to those impacted.
Outside of his role with TeamHealth, Dr. Massingale is incredibly involved in the community including his service in many volunteer roles. As Chairman of the National Emergency Department Practice Management Association and Director of Emergency Medical Services for Tennessee, Dr. Massingale worked diligently to upgrade ambulance services across the state, broadening the scope of practice for paramedics in their field. He also has served on the boards of Tennessee Wesleyan College and Drayer Physical Therapy and currently serves on the boards of the Nashville Health Care Council, Himagine Solutions, Health Outcomes Performance Company and TeamHealth, where he is Chairman.
A successful entrepreneur, dedicated physician and generous humanitarian, Dr. Lynn Massingale is a 2018 inductee of the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame.