Robert Bruce Avery, MD

Robert Bruce Avery, MD


Robert Bruce Avery was born June 14, 1938 in Alamo, Tennessee. He is married to Shirley B. Avery, M.D. and has three children (David, Andrew, Daniel) and five grandchildren.

Bruce attended and graduated from the Tennessee Public Schools. Upon completion of his B.S. degree at University Of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1959, he continued on to Graduate/Medical school at U.T. Medical Unit, Memphis, TN. He graduated Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Omega Phi and received his M.D. in March of 1962. During 1963 Dr. Avery completed his internship at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

At the University of Michigan Medical Center Internal Medicine, Dr. Avery performed his residency from 1963 to 1966. For the next two years he completed a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the Michigan Medical Center.

From 1968 to 1970, Dr. Avery served in the U.S. Air Force as a Major. At Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi, he worked at the Keesler Medical Center in Hematology.

Dr. Avery's board certification consists of American Board of Internal Medicine February 1969; American Board of Medical Oncology, 1972.

Dr. Avery's society memberships include:

  • American College of Physicians 
  • American Society of Hematology 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Tennessee Medical Association 
  • Knoxville Academy of Medicine 
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology 
  • American Society of Internal Medicine 
  • Tennessee Oncology Practice Society


  • Instructor in Medicine, U.T. Memorial Research Center and Hospital, Knoxville, TN 1971-73 
  • Associate Clinical Professor, U.T. Memorial Research Center and Hospital, Knoxville, TN 1973-2002


  • St. Mary's Medical Center Chief of Staff, l991 
  • Ft. Sanders Regional Medical Center Chief of Staff, 1977 
  • East Tennessee Children's Hospital 
  • East Tennessee Baptist Hospital 
  • Ft. Sanders-Park West Medical Center U.T. Memorial Research Center and Hospital


"Folic Acid Metabolism in Well Nourished Pregnant Women",
    Avery B Ledger WJ; American Journal of Obstetrics and
    Gynecology, Vol. 35, No. IV, ppg. 616-24, April 1970.

"Cytotoxicity of Antisera to a Myelogenous Leukemia Cell Line
    with the Philadelphia Chromosome", Journal of The
    National Cancer Institute, Vol. 56, No. 5, May 1976.


  • Medical Advisor, Hospice Program, St. Mary's Medical Center, Knoxville, TN, 1981-90 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Knoxvilie Medic Program, 1980-Present 
  • U.T. Cancer Concepts Symposium, Annual Participation (Program Committee, moderator) 
  • Member, Executive Committee, American Cancer Society, Tennessee Division, Medical Advisor Knox Co. Unit, 1996 
  • Medical Director, American Cancer Society Knox Co. Unit, 1997-2001 
  • Member, Governor's Committee for Tennessee Cancer Reporting, 1986-1990
  • Board Member, Tennessee Oncology Practice Society (TOPS), 1990-1998
    Vice President, Tennessee Oncology Practice Society, 1992-1994 
  • President, Tennessee Oncology Practice Society, 1994-1996
    As President of the Tennessee oncologists, Dr. Avery was involved in numerous legislative hearings as a witness and provides medical research for those hearings.
  • Medical Director, Knoxville Home Therapeutics 1989-1990, 1997-Present 
  • Member, Clinical Practice Committee American Society for Clinical Oncology 1990-1994 
  • Member, Physician Advisory Committee, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee, 1990-1995 
  • Member, Ethics Committee, St. Mary's Medical Center, 1994-Present 
  • Member, Cancer Care Committee, St. Mary's Medical Center, 1997-Present 
  • Chairman, Cancer Care Committee, St. Mary's Medical Center, 1998-2002 
  • Executive Board Member, Patient Advocate Foundation, 1996-Present 
  • Vice President, Patient Advocate Foundation, 1998 
  • President, Patient Advocate Foundation, 1999-2000
  • President of Patient Advocate Foundation Executive Board, 1999-2000
  • Medical Director, Response Oncology Stem Cell Transplant Unit, 1990-1994


  • Outstanding Philanthropist Award, 1998


  • Photography & cultivation of wildflowers
  • Cooking
  • Golf
  • Fishing

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