Deidre Pierce, MD, MHA, FACP
Dr. Pierce is board-certified in Internal Medicine with a special interest in education, healthcare utilization, and communication. She attended West Virginia University and Regent’s University and has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University. Prior to medical school, she worked in healthcare leadership roles including Laboratory and Ancillary services management as well as Chief Operating Officer with a healthcare company that spurred her to return to medical school. She graduated from medical school and residency at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN.
She enjoys baking, reading, travel, and spending time with family.
Nimrat Bains, MD
Associate Program Director-Inpatient
Dr. Bains is a board-certified physician in internal medicine with interests in resident and medical student education as well as hospital medicine.
She attended the University of Alberta and earned her medical degree at the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies. She completed her residency at East Tennessee State University.
Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, exercise, and reading fiction.
Daniel Grace, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director- Ambulatory
Dr. Grace is board-certified in Internal Medicine with special interests in diagnostic challenges in outpatient medicine, shared decision making, and patient communication. Dr. Grace’s medical education interest focus on the importance of demonstrating the need for quality Internal Medicine physicians in the outpatient setting, how to identify and successfully manage both common and uncommon complex medical diagnoses, and practical aspects of outpatient practice.
Dr. Grace graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and earned his medical degree at Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Grace completed his internship at UNC-Chapel Hill and Internal Medicine residency at Savannah Memorial Hospital.
His favorite pastimes include spending time with family, mountain and road biking, archery while listening to big band 1940’s music, and enjoying a properly prepared cup of coffee.
“There is some good in the world… and it is worth fighting for.”
Sarbjit Masson, MD
Core Faculty/ Ultrasound Curriculum Director
Dr. Masson is board-certified in internal medicine with special interests in medical education and teaching. His emphasis as an internist is on critical thinking in a provider setting to reduce unnecessary testing while providing a great level of care. Being in a hybrid role of a primary care physician and hospitalist, Dr. Masson promotes clear patient communication and compliance.
Dr. Masson completed his undergraduate medical education at Dayanand Medical College & Hospital in Ludhiana, India. Subsequently, he pursued his residency in internal medicine from East Tennessee State University.
His favorite pastimes include staying fit, riding bikes, and going on adventure trips.
Jonathan Thompson, MD
Simulation Laboratory Faculty Director
Dr. Thompson is a board certified Family Medicine physician. He graduated from UT Chattanooga and earned his medical degree from East Tennessee State University. He completed his family medicine residency at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Thompson transitioned to graduate medical education to participate in and contribute to a collaborative community of learners. He has an abiding professional interest in prevention and wellness. He lives in Ringgold, GA with his wife and two daughters. He loves hiking, running or biking on trails and participates in a triathlon from time to time.
Internal Medicine Program Coordinator
Phone: (706) 272-6132
Graduate Medical Education Coordinator
Phone: (706) 272-6815