John H. Mather MD FACPE.
John is a physician executive who was installed as a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in its first group. He is Board Certified in ENT surgery and as an Independent Medical Examiner. He has gained additional recognition as a geriatrician and gerontologist. His nickname is "Dr. M & M." ('Certified Mediator and Mentor'). He is a member of the US Senior Executive Service and a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. He was in the first VA Leadership Class of 1967.
He currently conducts evaluations of veterans applying for disability benefits at the Nashville VA Medical Center as a Fee Basis C&P physician, and, until recently, completed reviews of applicants for Social Security Disability Benefits in Tennessee.
He is a veteran, a US citizen since 1975. He served in the US Army as a Major, Medical Officer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center 1973-75. He subsequently served as a Commander, US Public Health Service, involved in health manpower policy development in the Bureau of Health Manpower, NIH, DHHS. He has held various senior "headquarter" positions, as a physician executive, in the US government, including Director, Affiliated Education Programs, VACO, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Geriatrics and Long Term Care, VACO, Chief Medical Director of the Social Security Administration, Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare
Inspections, Veterans Administration and Chief Officer, Office of Research Compliance and Assurance, VACO, until retiring after 30 years federal service in 2004.
His federal career, as a physician executive, was interrupted by two years as the Associate Executive Director,
Medical and Research Programs, Paralyzed Veterans of America. After retirement he became the first Director of Human Subjects Research Compliance, at the University of Michigan for a few years before establishing his own medical consultant firm UNICORN LLC.
He is a pathographer, (medical biographer) studying the effects of illness on leaders and the manner in which this affects their vocation and avocations. He is widely published on matters of medical policy and is an acknowledged expert on the medical issues that affected Sir Winston Churchill.
He is an active member of American Legion John E. Stephens Post 22, Franklin TN. He has a keen interest in identifying WIN Il veterans and ensuring that their stories are recorded. He has spearheaded the development a resource brochure for those with actual or nascent PTSD in Williamson County, TN, for both veterans and non-veterans and their families. He is a designated/certified Mentor of the Veterans Treatment Court of Williamson County, TN. He is a member of the Army/Navy Club, London, UK.
He has been elected to Fellowship of several medical organizations including the Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, the American Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America and the Royal Society of Medicine in the United Kingdom. He is an elected member of the Polish Hearth Club, London, the British Commission for Military History and the International Bow Tie Society.
He is active in The International Churchill Society, served as its Secretary for a decade, from which he received its prestigious Blenheim Award. He is the immediate past President of the Churchill Society of Tennessee, a Chapter the International Churchill Society, USA, and currently serves at the Archivist-Historian.
He has been inducted as a Knight Commander of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ). He recently received its prestigious Achievement Medal and is the current Chirurgeon for the Priory of St. Andrew, SMOTJ. He is the designated Town Crier of Franklin TN for the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County and a Toastmaster for Special Events. He serves as the designated Regent for the International Douglas Clan in Tennessee. He is a member of Franklin's 'evening' Rotary and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Franklin TN.