Kent Starkweather


This is my Story

After college, I worked in an orphanage in Honduras for a year before moving to Nashville to work for a big business. After volunteering at a medical clinic as a translator, I decided to cash in all my savings and go back to school. I took post-bac classes at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and from there went to ETSU QCOM.

I love traveling, just got back from Scotland for my 1 year anniversary. I have been fortunate in that I have been able to travel throughout Central America and Europe, and look forward to expanding my travels in the next few years.

Resident Facts


Hometown Cookeville, TN
Undergraduate Degree Centre College, BS Economics, 2006
Medical Degree
M.D. ETSU Quillen College of Medicine, 2017
Why did you choose Baptist?

Baptist has one of the largest hospital networks in the United States, and is continuing to expand in a market that has seen a lot of downsizing in the past few years. The hospital has a great history in the Memphis
community and a great reputation.

What is your day like? Any challenges?What's rewarding about your day?

Days vary based on rotations. The faculty are very friendly and provide a great learning environment for interns and residents.

What's your favorite thing about Memphis?
I have really enjoyed getting to know the community of Memphis. From the people to the culture, it has been very welcoming to me and my wife.
Personal interests outside of the residency program
I enjoy watching college football and EPL soccer on the weekends. During the week, I enjoy walking/running with my dogs.
Why did you choose your career? Was there someone or something in your life that helped you choose your path?
My passion is helping the indigent communities both here in the U.S. and abroad. Medicine has helped open the door to many communities that I would have otherwise had a difficult time entering.
Why would you recommend Baptist to a prospective applicant?

I would recommend Baptist due to the size and extent of its care and resources. The Family Medicine Residency, co-sponsored by Baptist and Church Health, is particularly attractive due to its faith-based mission of truly caring for people, not just medically, but in all aspects of their lives.