Physicians and Community Leaders Join Ballad Health Board and Committees
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Physicians and Community Leaders Join Ballad Health Board and Committees

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The Ballad Health Board of Directors has unanimously elected several physicians and community leaders to join its board of directors and several board committees.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Ballad Health.

Comprised of residents from across the region, the Board of Directors and its committees are the fiduciary body responsible for overseeing the organization’s mission, strategy and operations.

A Ballad press release states: “In keeping with best practices for health system governing bodies, the Board of Directors imposes self-imposed term limits to ensure fresh perspectives and diversity in governance. As such, two individuals were elected to serve when the terms of David May, MD, and David Golden expired on Sunday, June 30. The terms of the newly elected Board members and committee members began on Monday, July 1.”

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The two newly elected board members are Carla Campbell Karst and Brian Dawson, MD.

In addition to her term as chair of the Ballad Health Foundation board, Karst will serve on the board’s community benefits and population health committees.

Dr. Dawson will serve on the Quality, Service and Safety, Community Benefits and Population Health committees.

Physicians and Community Leaders Join Ballad Health Board and Committees

Carla Campbell


Karst, a Kingsport native and resident and graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and East Tennessee State University, brings a wealth of community service and business acumen to the board.

She has served on the Eastman Community Advisory Committee, the Kingsport Public Library Commission, and the William King Art Museum Board of Directors. In addition to her role on the Ballad Health Foundation Board of Directors, she currently serves on the boards of CCS/SteppenStone Youth Treatment Center, the Kingsport Community Foundation, and the Kingsport Chamber Foundation.

Currently the director of LandStar Development, and the Edinburgh Group, Karst has helped create and operate businesses in the area. She has also been active in full-time music ministry for over a decade. She has performed with numerous choirs and at Opryland USA, in addition to producing nine albums.

Physicians and Community Leaders Join Ballad Health Board and Committees

Dr. Brian Dawson


Dr. Dawson, a resident of Johnson City, Tennessee, is an emergency physician and physician executive with over 20 years of experience in local hospitals.

A graduate of East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine, Mars Hill University and the University of Tennessee, Dr. Dawson has held elected and appointed medical staff positions from Abingdon to Johnson City. Dr. Dawson is senior vice president and divisional physician for SCP Health, the professional group that provides emergency medicine services throughout Ballad Health and more than 400 other health care facilities nationwide.

Dr. Dawson practiced in the Emergency Department at Johnston Memorial Hospital for over 11 years. He served on the Medical Executive Committee of the Johnston Memorial Medical Staff and was selected by his colleagues to serve on the hospital’s Board of Trustees. He was also an Assistant Professor and Clinical Faculty member at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine for over 11 years, is an avid runner and triathlete, and is the Managing Partner and Co-Owner of Anthony’s Desserts, a popular local bakery and café in Abingdon.

“Ms. Karst and Dr. Dawson have dedicated their lives to serving others in the Appalachian Highlands,” said Alan Levine, president and CEO of Ballad Health. “Their success as leaders and commitment to their communities will serve our region and the thousands of team members and physicians who care for patients throughout Ballad Health.”