Medical Student Clerkship Directors


Family Medicine

Internal Medicine 







Leslie Griffin, MD, Family Medicine Clerkship Director

Leslie Griffin, MD

Assistant Professor and Clerkship Director, Department of Family Medicine
Hometown: Cookeville, TN

Medical School: St. George's University

Residency: University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga (Family Medicine)

Interests: Infant and Maternal Health and Preventative Health Care


Dr. Leslie Griffin entered St. George's University School of Medicine after several years of living internationally including two years in Peace Corps. She graduated in 2007 with dual degrees in Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency at the University of Tennessee Family Medicine Program at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After completing her training, she joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Family Medicine program where she practices full scope Family Medicine, from deliveries to geriatrics. She also participates in an annual medical mission trip to Haiti.  Dr. Griffin was appointed the Family Medicine Clerkship Director (medical students) in January 2018.



Gary Malakoff, MD, Internal Medicine Clerkship Director


Gary Malakoff, MD, FACP

General Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Clerkship Director
 423-778-6670  423-778-6670  or

 800-947-7823  800-947-7823, extension 6670 

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Dr. Gary Malakoff graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in Chemistry from Tufts University.  In 1982 he graduated with honors George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.  Dr. Malakoff completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington.  In 1989, Dr. Malakoff was promoted to be the Director of General Internal Medicine, a post he held until 2005.  He has won many medical school teaching awards and several university faculty teaching awards.  He has also worked closely with the National Board of Medical Examiners developing new testing methods for medical students and has authored many journal articles reflecting his interest and expertise in medical education.


In March 2009, Dr. Malakoff joined the full-time core faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga.  He is also Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine.

 Abdelazim Sirelkhatim, MD, Neurology Clerkship Director

Abdelazim Sirelkhatim, MD
Neurology Clerkship Director

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Dr. Sirelkhatim was named Neurology Clerkship Director in 2010 and also serves as the Neurology Education Coordinator for the Internal Medicine Residency.  His faculty rank is Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurology.  He is part of the UT Erlanger Neurology Group housed at the Erlanger Medical Mall and serves as Associate Director for the Erlanger Stroke Center.  The practice is also home to Southeast Tennessee's first and only accredited Primary Stroke Center. Erlanger earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers, recognizing that the Erlanger stroke care program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.  


Dr. Sirelkhatim received his Medical Degree from the University of Khartoum in Sudan.  He completed a residency in Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia.  Dr. Sirelkhatim is Board Certified in Neurology and Vascular Neurology. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorder Society, and American Heart Association.



Jeanie Dassow, MD, OB/GYN Clerkship Director

Jeanie Dassow, MD

General Obstetrics and Gynecology

OB/GYN Clerkship Director, Clinic Director, and Assistant Professor

 423-778-7515  or
 800-947-7823  800-947-7823,  extension 7515


Dr. Jeanie Dassow graduated with the highest distinction from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1987 and then completed a residency in OB/GYN at Barnes Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis in 1991. She was later faculty at the University
of Kentucky where she won several teaching awards in both Family Medicine and OB/GYN.  Dr. Dassow joined the UT College of
Medicine Chattanooga faculty in the late Fall 2010 and was appointed Clerkship Director for UT Chattanooga Department of OB/GYN in January 2011. Her academic interests are providing care
in areas of health disparities, preventive medicine, global health,
and medical education.  She and her physician husband have six children.


Dr. Dassow is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and also serves as Director of the OB/GYN Clerkship.

Cathy A. Stevens, MD, Professor and Clerkship Director

Cathy A. Stevens, MD

Pediatrics (Genetics)

Pediatric Clerkship Director
 423-778-6217  423-778-6217 or
 800-947-7823  800-947-7823, extension 6217
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Dr. Stevens is Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga. She is primarily from Memphis. A member of the UT faculty since 1991, she received her M.D. from the UT Health Science Center in Memphis. She completed a residency in Pediatrics at UT/LeBonheur Children's Medical Center and a Clinical Genetics Fellowship at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City.


Dr. Stevens is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics and previously held faculty appointments at the University of Utah and The Medical College of Virginia.

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Audrey Hime, MD, and Joe Hime, MD (Psychiatry)
Psychiatry Clerkship Co-Directors
Mocassin Bend Mental Health Institute

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Dr. Audrey Hime and Dr. Joe Himes practice inpatient psychiatry at Mocassin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga and have been serving as Co-Directors for the Psychiatry Clerkship in Chattanooga.


J. Daniel Stanley, MD, FACS, Surgery Clerkship Director

Daniel Stanley, MD, FACS

Surgery (General and Colorectal Surgery)

Surgery Clerkship Director
423-778-7695  423-778-7695 or
 800-947-7823  800-947-7823, extension 7695

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Dr. Daniel Stanley completed medical school training at Indiana University School of Medicine.  He completed a Surgery Residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines and subsequently completed Colorectal Fellowship in Royal Oak Michigan at William Beaumont Hospital before returning to Chattanooga and joining the faculty at UTCOMC in 1999.




 Updated 11/2/2018










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