Thomas McKnight

Thomas McKnight

Thomas McKnight

MD, MPH, MDIV

Dr. McKnight specializes in teaching physicians. He graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency at Eglin Air Force Base. After completing a two-year tour in Turkey, he was asked to return to Eglin and teach residents. During the six years of teaching, he completed a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina and was transferred to another Air Force base as assistant program director to continue teaching family medicine residents. While teaching, he was selected as the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Medicine Physician of the Year and the next year was selected as a national finalist for American Academy of Family Physician’s Physician of the Year.

In 2001, he completed a second residency in preventive medicine and wrote Obesity Management in Family Practice as an obesity specialist. However, with advancement in rank from Lt Colonel to Colonel, he served at an Air Force HQ position until his military retirement.

Ten years ago, Dr. McKnight became interested in genetics and its application in primary prevention. During this time, he founded the Emerald Coast Health Institute. As a continual learner, since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, he developed an interest in epigenetics and nutrigenomics and how they work together in keeping people heathy. His current passion is to help physicians understand this new science and its practical application in their clinics.