Welcome Knoxville Infectious Disease Consultants

Posted on August 4, 2021
John S. Adams, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA
John S. Adams, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA

We’re proud to welcome all the providers and staff at Knoxville Infectious Disease Consultants, PC, to Covenant Medical Group and Covenant Health!

Knoxville Infectious Disease Consultants has provided comprehensive infectious disease diagnostic and management services to the greater Knoxville area since 1985. The medical practice is led by board-certified physicians John S. Adams, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA; E. Brian Kemp, MD, and Catherine C. Sarbah, MD, MPH. The group will welcome an additional physician to the practice in September 2021: Henry P. Shiflett, DO. The doctors are supported by Jeanette Groschel-Snead, APRN, infectious disease nurse.

E. Brian Kemp, MD
E. Brian Kemp, MD

Dr. Adams said the affiliation with Covenant Medical Group highlights Knoxville Infectious Disease Consultants’ commitment to excellent care for patients in the community.

“Clinical staff with specialized training in diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious disorders are extraordinarily valuable to the health system and the community. The medical professionals at KIDC are dedicated to improving our patients’ health through expert diagnosis and management of infectious diseases, and we will continue these practices through Covenant Medical Group.”

Catherine C. Sarbah, MD, MPH
Catherine C. Sarbah, MD, MPH

Defining an Infectious Disease Specialist

An infectious disease specialist is an internal medicine physician with additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of infections caused by germs such as viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. These specialists treat patients with unexplained fever or other symptoms that are signs of an infection.

About Knoxville Infectious Disease Consultants

Dr. Adams has worked with Covenant Health for many years, treating patients with infectious disease disorders at Parkwest Medical Center and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center since 1988. He began serving as Parkwest’s hospital epidemiologist in 1995, a role that expanded to Fort Sanders Regional in the early 2000s. In 2019, he was appointed as Covenant Health’s system epidemiologist, advising the health system on matters related to infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship.

Dr. Adams and his team have been an important resource for the health system and the community regarding infectious disease prevention. Reflecting on the past year of dealing with COVID-19, he said:

“Within a year of COVID-19 appearing on the scene, we already had clinical trials of vaccines which have proven to be highly effective, as well as many potential therapeutic agents. It’s my hope that as we continue to fight the threat of emerging infectious diseases and increased antimicrobial resistance, we take what we have learned and continue developing effective treatments for the future and the betterment of our community.”

The providers at KIDC treat patients at Parkwest Medical Center and Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, including the Transitional Care Unit and Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center at the downtown hospital. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (865) 525-4333 or visit KIDCPC.com.

Office Location

2210 Sutherland Avenue, Suite 110
Knoxville, TN 37919


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