James Creel, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. James Creel is the Chief Medical Officer for Erlanger Health System. Most recently he has served as Chief of Emergency Medicine at Erlanger, and has served as Vice Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff, and Immediate Past Chief of Staff.
In addition to practicing emergency medicine, Dr. Creel has been a pioneer in the implementation of advanced skills for emergency medicine. He developed the first Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (UTCOMC) – the first program of its kind in the UT system – and currently serves as Interim Chair of the program. He has also served as Assistant Professor in both the Departments of Surgery and Internal Medicine for UTCOMC.
Dr. Creel’s service to the community includes the roles of Medical Director for Medical Director Hamilton County EMS and Walker County EMS, First Responders and Chattanooga Fire; Team Physician for Hamilton County SWAT; Medical Director of Hamilton County Jail and Silverdale; Director of Med Comm, and Director of Hyperbarics.
Dr. Creel received his medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and completed his internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal, Quebec. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Undersea & Hyberbaric Medicine. He has been an Oral Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine for approximately 25 years.