A Campbell County native will be leading the Cardiology field for the University of Tennessee. John L. Jefferies, MD, MPH, the Jay M. Sullivan Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine and Chief of Cardiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). He has also been named co-director for the newly formed UT Methodist Institute for Cardiovascular Science.

Jefferies is an alumni of Campbell County High School and then went on to the University of Tennessee. He went on to graduate UT Knoxville with a degree in microbiology. He later graduated from UTHSC with his medical degree. He interned and later did his residency at the University of Kentucky and then went on to have his adult and pediatric cardiology training at the University of Baylor.

He has served on a number of advisory and editorial boards in his field. He has been a recipient of the ACCF Research Fellowship Award from the American College of Cardiology and the Thrasher New Research Award.