Dr. Tom Milhorn, M.D., Ph.D
Dr. Tom Milhorn attended Dobyns-Bennett High School from 1951 to 1955 where he played football and ran the mile and half mile in track. After graduation he attended Lincoln Memorial University where he was twice elected to the all-star intramural basketball team. At graduation in 1960 he received an award for having the highest academic average in scientific subjects.
He received a PhD in physiology and biophysics from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) in Jackson, Mississippi in 1964. Afterward, he did a postdoctoral fellowship in biomathematics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
With the beginning rank of assistant professor, Dr. Milhorn joined the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UMMC. During this time he was the director of the Mississippi Biomedical Engineering Program, a joint program among the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the University of Mississippi School of Engineering, and the Mississippi State University College of Engineering.
In 1975, he received his M.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and subsequently completed a family medicine residency. He continues to be board certified in that specialty. In 1987, he was certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
In 1992, Dr. Milhorn retired from the faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center with the ranks of Professor of Family Medicine, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. After that he practiced general medicine and addiction medicine in Meridian, Mississippi for nine years.
In 2001, he entered a period of semi-retirement. During that time he taught two computer courses for the city of Meridian and taught Human Anatomy and Physiology at Meridian Community College.
Dr. Milhorn has participated in academic programs in Spain, England, Sweden, the Soviet Union, and in many universities and medical schools throughout the United States. He is the author of 10 books, 12 chapters in books, and over 100 research and medical education papers. His lifetime hobby has been learning.
In 2005, he was inducted into the Lincoln Memorial University Hall of Fame and in 2016 he was inducted into the Dobyns-Bennett High School Hall of Fame.
He is married to Kay Milhorn, his wife of 48 years, and has a son, Toby Milhorn, and a stepson, Steve Pope.