Joseph Radawi, MD, was inspired to pursue a career in medicine because of his late father Sabry Radawi. His story began watching his father care for patients, as a physician, in his private practice in Prague, Oklahoma. It was during these moments that Dr. Radawi began to find a love for medicine and a deep passion to care for people. His father closed his practice and moved the family to Norton, Virginia and then to Johnson City, TN. After graduating high school, Dr. Radawi began attending The University of Virginia at Wise and then finished his pre-med education at ETSU.
He then went to medical school at the American University of the Caribbean in St. Marten. During this time, his father was practicing Emergency Medicine and the combination of stress, shift work, and his unhealthy lifestyle choices started to take a toll on him. During his second year of medical school, he received news that his father passed away unexpectedly from a massive heart attack. This event was pivotal in shaping his life choices as he reflected on what could have been the cause of his fathers’ death at such a young age. During his last year of medical school, he moved back to Tennessee where he met his wife, Tambri. He graduated from medical school in April 2003 and married Tambri in May. They moved to Arkansas where he completed his Residency in Family Medicine at University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and became board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Dr. Radawi and his growing family relocated back to Tennessee where he spent a decade practicing Emergency Medicine and seeing chronic diseases and addiction devastate the lives of the people in his community. He began to realize that the current health care model was failing these individuals and families and he started to get a vision to do more to make a difference with addiction recovery and the treatment of chronic disease. In 2012, his dream became a reality when he opened Appalachian Recovery Care in Bristol, TN with two other physicians, while continuing to work in the Emergency Department of a few local hospitals.
Dr. Radawi has always been a physician looking for ways to improve his practice of medicine and better serve his patients. This passion, and the journey toward better health he and his family have been on, has led him down the path of Functional Medicine and Integrated Addiction Medicine. In 2015, he began advanced clinical training and seeking certification through the Institute for Functional Medicine, which he looks forward to completing in 2017.
Dr. Radawi believes that we all deserve a life of vitality — and that we all have the potential to achieve it. His vision and dedication to tackling the root causes of chronic disease and addiction through the lens of Functional Medicine has led to the expansion of his addiction practice and the development of Tri-Cities Functional Medicine. He is excited to see his clients restore optimal health and well-being as well as prevent future health challenges.
His personal interests include spending time with family and friends, playing golf, hiking, watching college football and basketball as well as his boys’ sporting events. He is actively involved in his local church where he co-leads a recovery group.