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Dr. McCormack graduated cum laude from the University of California at Davis with a baccalaureate of science, majoring in biochemistry. He then enrolled at the University of Southern California School of Medicine where he received his MD degree in 1984, and subsequently completed a categorical medicine internship at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 1985.
Upon completing his internship, Dr. McCormack served as a General Medical Officer and Brigade Surgeon for the 2nd Infantry Division, United States Army, at Camp Casey, Korea, and then went on to finish his medical residency at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. His residency was followed by a tour at the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, California, where he was Chief of Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine Consultant. Dr. McCormack then returned to Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center for fellowship training in Pulmonary Medicine, followed by a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt lake City, Utah.
After completing post-graduate medical training, Dr. McCormack had the good fortune to serve as staff pulmonologist and intensivist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was Chief of Pulmonary Out-Patient Medicine for the Army Pacific Theater. During his tour in Hawaii, he deployed to Haiti as Brigade Surgeon with the 25th Infantry Division and was the Haitian National Palace Physician.
Dr. McCormack fulfilled his military obligation in 1994 and established the Upper Cumberland Pulmonary Group in Cookeville, Tennessee, with his wife, who is also a pulmonologist and intensivist. In Cookeville, Dr. McCormack and his wife, Dr. Tina Dudney, created a pulmonary and critical care program for a regional medical center that allowed the center to support the addition of a comprehensive oncology program, cardiothoracic surgery and neurosurgical services for the region.
Seeking more involvement with graduate medical education and research, Dr. McCormack and his wife were attracted to the opportunities available with the respected Knoxville Pulmonary Group at the University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville (UTMCK). Dr. McCormack and his wife joined the group in 2002. Dr. McCormack is a partner with the group and is an assistant clinical professor with the UT Graduate School of Medicine. He also serves as Director for Basic Science and Research for the Pulmonary Fellowship at UTMCK and is Pulmonary Director for the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at the UTMCK Heart Lung and Vascular Institute.
Dr. McCormack maintains ABIM Board Certification in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Member of the American Thoracic Society and Member of the American College of Physicians. He has made a number of regional and national presentations during his career, and continues to publish in the medical literature on pulmonary and critical care topics. Dr. McCormack spends his recreational time trying to keep up with his daughter’s athletic pursuits. He maintains NCAA certification as a basketball coach.