Elliott Tenpenny, MD

Dr. K. Elliott Tenpenny serves as the Emergency Medical Response Manager of the International Disaster Response Unit at Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Tenpenny is a native of Tennessee and received his postgraduate medical doctorate at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He subsequently completed residency and served as chief resident in Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Following training, Dr. Tenpenny was part of the post-residency program with World Medical Mission, serving overseas for over two years. During this program, he trained in surgery at CME Nyankunde Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then served as chief of surgery at Pioneer Christian Hospital in the Republic of Congo.
In his current role, Dr. Tenpenny develops and maintains medical readiness of the International Disaster Response Unit, provides leadership in the setup and management of the emergency field hospital during deployments, and provides ongoing development and direction to the medical sector.