Dr. James Hart’s career at Rolling Hills began when the hospital opened back in 2009. He was already nearby, having done his undergrad studies and earned his medical degree at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University. He then completed his residency in general psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, and raised in nearby Kingsport, Dr. Hart left the Appalachia area for college and continues to make his home in Middle Tennessee. A career in medicine was a given due to his keen interest in the biological sciences, the human mind and philosophy.

Today, Dr. Hart says his favorite part of his job is watching people get better. “In a hospital setting, folks can improve in a quick period of time, and you get to see that.” He also enjoys working alongside the team of professionals around him, calling it a very collaborative process.

In his free time, Dr. Hart can be found sitting on the front porch of his log cabin in the country, surrounded by his seven dogs. He also enjoys off-road motorcycling and spending time with his family, which includes five children.

    • B.A. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (1978)
    • M.D. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (1983)
    • Residency - General Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN
    • Diplomate - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1988)
    • American Association for the Advancement of Science
    • Fellow, Southern Psychiatric Association
    • Former President, Middle Tennessee Branch, American Psychiatric Association
    • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    • Ten Years Experience Conducting Clinical Research Trials