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Dr. F. Clarke Holmes, MD – Alumnus Spotlight

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Physician, Impact Sports Medicine & Orthopedics


Hometown: Nashville, TN
BA biology, University of Mississippi
MD medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine
Residency, Tallahassee (FL) Memorial Health Care, chief resident
Sports Medicine Fellowship, Ball Memorial/Central Indiana Sports Medicine
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I am a practicing physician with a specialty in orthopedics and sports medicine. I served as a professor in two academic medical centers—the University of Mississippi in Jackson and Georgetown University in Washington, DC, before I opened a sports medicine private practice in Nashville. Patients from several surrounding states seek my opinion, and it is a privilege to care for individuals, both athletes and non-athletes, with a variety of medical conditions. Ole Miss prepared me well indeed, both academically and socially, to succeed in the medical profession.

I decided to pursue a degree in biology at the beginning of my undergraduate experience. I had intentions of attending medical school from the age of 15, and I felt that a biology degree would prepare me well for a career in medicine. Ole Miss is a special place for me. My undergraduate experience was marked by the development of deep friendships, fantastic memories, and a challenging and rewarding academic curriculum. I distinctly recall studying long and consistent hours, particularly Sunday through Thursday, but then making time for social life once my work was done and on the weekends. I was named “Marshall” of the College of Liberal Arts at commencement, finishing with a 4.0 GPA. Upon graduation, I headed immediately to medical school at where I graduated magna cum laude. This was followed by a residency in Florida and a fellowship in Indiana.

Dr. Holmes has appeared on CNN, ABC’s World News, and Nightline and several local news programs in Washington, DC and Nashville. He has been quoted in print media, including People Magazine, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Tennessean. He lectures on sports medicine topics.