Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Blackwell
Dr. Blackwell is the president and executive director of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute in Kingsport, Tenn. A standout guard for the Phoenix basketball teams of the 1970s, Blackwell went on to achieve prominence as a cardiology researcher and practitioner. One of the first formally MRI-trained cardiologists in the United States, he has earned teaching awards throughout his career for promoting more widespread use of cutting-edge tomographic imaging techniques (CT scans). He received his bachelor’s degree in Population Dynamics, and a medical degree from Marshall University. He received a cardiology fellowship in medical residency at Ohio State, where he was named Chief Resident of Internal Medicine.