Dr. Christopher Ralph Steadman

Christopher, the son of Steven and Mary Steadman, graduated with honors from Dobyns-Bennett High School. He was selected as a Tennessee/Virginia Scholar. He was a member of the football team, wrestling team, Beta Club, and National Honors Society. He is also a member of the Boy Scouts of America having obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. He received the Rotary National Outstanding Academic Student Leadership Award.

Christopher graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He has been inducted into two national honor societies for academic achievement, Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He worked as an anesthesia technician in the operating room at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport.

Chris received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of medicine. He was matched to his anesthesiology residency at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

    The Niswonger Foundation was established in 2001 to make a positive and sustainable difference in education in Northeast Tennessee. This dream was envisioned by Scott M. Niswonger, who founded Landair Transport, Inc. and Forward Air Corporation. These companies were the first two Greeneville-based companies to be taken public in the history of Greene County, Tennessee. Jointly, the companies have combined annual revenue of over one-billion-dollars and employ more than 5000 people.


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