UPA Tennessee







Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays:

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed for lunch between 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.)

Wednesdays and Fridays:

  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Our History

Dr. Tom Kim, a physician specializing in Internal Medicine and Hematology-Oncology, is originally from North Korea.

While managing to escape with part of his family during the Korean War at the age of six, eventually moved to the United States. In 1979 Dr. Kim came to Knoxville with his goal of repaying his debt to America for the gift of a new life.

Dr. Kim was raised in a strong Christian family, where he was taught to follow the example of Christ. He believes that all people are challenged to love their neighbor as Jesus commanded. This includes providing our neighbors with the healthcare they deserve, and not simply relying on the government to respond to this need.

The Free Medical Clinic of America is built upon words from Christ about serving the least, the lonely, and the lost. Founded in 1993 by Dr. Tom Kim, this Christian mission serves the working who can’t afford medical insurance by providing free healthcare services. This care is provided to those who are often the ones that most desperately need medical attention but have no way to pay for it.

The Free Medical Clinic of America is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization that uses 100% of financial contributions to provide medical care for the medically uninsured working members of our community.

Our Mission

To make available free primary care medical services that maximizes preventative and restorative treatment for working, uninsured individuals, spouses and some dependent children by operating a local free medical clinic.

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Our Location

6209 Chapman Highway

Knoxville, Tennessee 37920

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Map of 6209 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920

Medical Care

To receive our medical care, please make sure you meet these requirements.

Patient Eligibility Requirements

  • Current employment (there is no minimum or maximum income level for eligibility)
  • No medical insurance
  • American citizen or have a “green card”
  • Photo Identification (i.e. Driver’s License, Passport or State Identification Card)

These four requirements may not be waived. If an individual is employed, their spouse and children over 16 are also eligible. Children are eligible until they are 19 years old, or until 24 years old if they are full-time students. Student status must be verified. The clinic does not see individuals on any type of disability/SSI or any type of assistance.

Clinic Services

  • This clinic does not treat any emergencies. If you have an emergency, you must seek treatment in an Emergency Room or call 911.
  • This clinic does not treat walk-in patients. An appointment is necessary. This clinic does not have a pediatric doctor and generally does not treat children under sixteen years of age.
  • The clinic does not dispense any medicines. Filling prescriptions is a patient responsibility.
  • This clinic does not prescribe any narcotics (painkillers, etc.).
  • The clinic has no mental or behavioral health services.
  • At this time, the clinic does not provide routine physicals (such as CDL, DOT, school, etc.), and immunizations (such as flu shots).

Patient Reminders

Bring Photo ID and Verification of Employment to your appointment. A pay stub is the preferred Verification of Employment. Other proof (such as a copy of a pay check or a letter from the employer ) is acceptable. If you are unemployed and your spouse or parent is working, the spouse’s or parent’s employment must be verified. Individuals who are self-employed must verify employment by showing proof of current income. This may be done by copies of checks paid to the business, copies of receipts given by the business, and similar items. You must show you have current self-employment income. A driver’s license is the preferred Photo ID.

Please bring a list of all current medications.