Holston Medical Group’s (HMG) Occupational Medicine Specialist Samuel Breeding, MD, recently obtained certification by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, making him the first in the Tri-Cities region to obtain this qualification.
Beginning May 14, 2013, all physicians who perform physical qualification examinations for truck and bus drivers must hold this qualification. To become a certified medical examiner and be listed on the National Registry, healthcare professionals must complete training and testing on the FMCSA’s physical qualification standards and guidelines.
Breeding completed his undergraduate work at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., and received his medical doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at ETSU Quillen School of Medicine, Johnson City. Following his residency, Breeding served in the Air Force and became the chief of aeromedical services at Altus Air Force Base, Okla.
Breeding is board certified in occupational medicine and family medicine but limits his practice to occupational medicine. He is also certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a senior medical examiner for pilots and is certified as a Medical Review Officer (MRO) to evaluate drug screen results. He has been practicing in Kingsport since 1984.