W. Clay Jackson, MD, DipTh

Palliative Care
East Campus
7945 Wolf River Boulevard
Germantown TN 38138 901.683.0055

About Me:

Dr. Jackson is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis, Tennessee, where he maintains a private practice in family medicine, and directs the palliative medicine program at the West Cancer Center. Dr. Jackson also serves as the Associate Fellowship Director for Palliative Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.  From this professional platform, he leads multiple teams of dedicated clinicians who have helped to transform the experience of seriously ill patients in the Mid-South.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry at Union University
  • Diploma in Theology at Oxford University in England
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Board Certifications:

  • Family Medicine
  • Hospice & Palliative Care
  • Pain Management


President of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management


Awards and Experience

Dr. Jackson has been the recipient of numerous clinical and teaching awards, and has had his research published in numerous journals, including Family MedicineJournal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.  He also serves as Editor in Chief of The Pain Practitioner.  A frequently invited speaker at national and international professional meetings, he has also been featured in several multimedia projects concerning the treatment of affective disorders and chronic pain, as well as the history and philosophy of medicine. Outside medicine, his interests include an active outdoor lifestyle, literature, music, and theology.  His most fulfilling role, without a doubt, is being a dad and a husband.  Dr. Jackson believes in Memphis as a place where grit meets grace.