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Tennessee Promotes Three Physicians into New Leadership Roles

Nashville, TN – April 3, 2024 – Tennessee Oncology, a nationally recognized independent oncology practice with 35 clinics across Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, announced today new roles for three physician executive leaders.

Drs. Johnetta Blakely, Casey Chollet Lipscomb, and Ted Arrowsmith have been promoted to Executive Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, Physician Services, and Therapeutics, respectively. All three physicians are currently on Tennessee Oncology’s Board of Directors and are practicing physicians. Dr. Blakely practices in Cookeville, Dr. Chollet Lipscomb practices in Nashville, and Dr. Arrowsmith treats patients in Chattanooga.

“Each of these oncologists are world-class physicians and leaders who will help take Tennessee Oncology to the next level,” said Natalie Dickson, MD, President and Chief Strategy Officer.  “I am excited to work alongside my colleagues to build on Tennessee Oncology’s proud history and continue bringing the highest quality of cancer care and innovative therapies to Tennessee patients. Caring for cancer patients is indeed a privilege, and I’m looking forward to contributions of each of my colleagues.”

Dr. Blakely attended the University of Tennessee’s medical school. She completed her fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, holds a master’s degree in clinical research from MD Anderson as well as a master’s degree in healthcare management from Vanderbilt.  Dr.  Chollet Lipscomb attended medical school at University of Tennessee, conducted her residency at Loyola University Medica Center in Chicago, and was an attending at Duke University prior to joining Tennessee Oncology. Dr. Arrowsmith’s medical degree and fellowship are both from Vanderbilt University. He is also the head of pathway development at OneOncology, the fastest growing national platform for independent oncology practices.


About Tennessee Oncology:

Tennessee Oncology, one of the nation’s largest community-based cancer care practices, is home to one of the leading clinical trial networks in the country. Established 1976 in Nashville, Tennessee Oncology’s mission remains unchanged: To provide access to high-quality cancer care and the expertise of clinical research for all patients, at convenient locations within their community and close to their home. Our growing network of physicians and locations is based on this mission. For more information, visit