Theodora Phea Pinnock, MD

Meharry Medical College


Dr. Pinnock’s background includes considerable experience with public awareness and public health programs. She amassed a rare body of knowledge and experiences, locally, nationally and internationally about the effects of health and human services designed for delivery to the poor and disadvantaged. She has presented on pediatric public health issues nationwide for the last three decades.  In addition, she presented to Tennessee legislature committees on numerous occasions concerning the status and impact of public policy and legislation affecting Tennessee’s children.

Theodora Pinnock. MD. was a National Merit Scholarship winner and received her B.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.  She completed a pediatric residency program at Washington University School of Medicine’s St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  She completed a post-residency fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  From 1992-97, Dr. Pinnock served as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Vanderbilt University Medical School in its child development division.  From 1997-2003, she was Vice President and provided research and training for a technical management company.   From 2003-2009, she served as State Director of Maternal and Child Health for Tennessee’s Department of Health.  From 2009-2013, she was in private practice in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Since July 2013, Dr. Pinnock serves as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Meharry Medical College where she teaches and trains medical students and residents and provides developmental and behavioral assessments and treatment.  In addition, she recently became the Assistant Dean of Admissions and is responsible for the admission of students to the School of Medicine.