Jeffrey Marchessault, M.D., is a board certified fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He has additional subspecialty training and board certification in hand surgery. He most recently was staff orthopaedic hand surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he performed acute and reconstructive surgery on wounded warriors returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. He was also Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Norman M. Rich Department of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University, his alma mater. He moved to Johnson City upon completion of a 25-year career in the United States Air Force.
Dr. Marchessault attended college at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He joined the Air Force when he went to the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, the only military medical school in the country. Dr. Marchessault served as an Air Force flight surgeon in Air Force Special Operations and an F-15 fighter squadron before he went to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, for his orthopaedic surgery training.
Dr. Marchessault opted to further specialize in surgery of the hand. Dr. Marchessault once heard, “the hand is the creator of human civilization.” To him, restoring someone’s hand function gives back that person’s independence and sense of self-worth when they go back to work. Dr. Marchessault did his fellowship training in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He learned directly from those who write current hand surgery textbooks and articles. Dr. Marchessault maintains his contacts there and can gain from the collective expertise when presented a rare, or difficult, surgical case. He has published 6 peer reviewed journal articles, e-published two surgical techniques, and co-authored one book chapter.
Dr. Marchessault’s distinguished military career is a product of his selfless services to his country as well as to his patients. He has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan in direct support of our troops. Dr. Marchessault served as the sole hand surgeon at Bagram Air Base during the 2010 troop surge. His daily efforts toward the American, NATO, and Afghani wounded were recognized when he was awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal. While in Afghanistan, Dr. Marchessault championed humanitarian surgical services for local children when his schedule allowed. Today, through a church organization, he travels to northern Haiti to help children and adults afflicted by hand maladies.
Dr. Marchessault is well known for his compassion, kindness, and dedication to his patients. He garnered the Air Forces Europe “Surgeon of the Year” award and was granted the exclusive “MF” special experience identifier for continued and sustained excellence in academic medicine by the Air Force.
Dr. Marchessault is a well-rounded person with many other interests. You may see him running or cycling along the side of the road or pass by him while he is playing Ultimate Frisbee in the school field. Don’t be surprised to see him heading to the golf course on a nice day or taking his family on another “adventure”.
While in Lubbock, Dr. Marchessault met his true love and now wife, Michelle, while discussing a trauma patient in the hospital. They now have two daughters and a three-legged cat, all of who have travelled to at least some part of Europe while stationed in England.
Dr. Marchessault is excited to become the newest member of Associated Orthopaedics of Kingsport. He knows his partners will take care of his patients as if they were his own and that means the absolute most to him.