East Tennessee Vascular and Renu Laser are staffed by knowledgeable and experienced medical professionals.


Dr. Shahin Assadnia

Dr. Shahin Assadnia came to the United States as a child from Persia. He always knew he would go into healthcare. Both his grandfather and father were in the medical field, and his father often took him into the operating rooms with him to watch procedures. After graduating from college, he got a job in Knoxville, Tennessee with Premier Surgical. While there, he and his wife fell in love with the scenery and down-home feel and decided to stay. He strived to start his own practice where he could concentrate on vascular and general surgery. Since Morristown did not have a vascular surgeon, he decided to build his office here. He wanted to offer patients the ability to be treated locally without having to travel to larger cities. With the opening of his practice, he is able to spend quality time with his patients to make them feel comfortable with their care. He loves the challenging and complexity of being a vascular surgeon. He finds his job rewarding when he sees his patients thrive and ultimately have a better quality of life due to having a procedure performed by him.

Dr. Assadnia has over 25 years’ experience. He is Board Certified in Vascular Surgery, accredited by the American Board of Surgery and Board Certified in General Surgery, accredited by the American Board of Surgery. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University and studied vascular surgery at Penn State University.

He was named Outstanding Surgical Resident at of the Year in 2000, and his other awards include First Place Presentation at the Toledo Surgical Society on “Strain Differences in Neoinitimal Hyperplasia in the Rat. He is member of the Hamblen County School Board. His hobbies include tennis, horseback riding and going on family trips with his wife and three children.

Jennifer Cole

Jennifer Cole, Nurse Practitioner

A Morristown native, Jennifer has always wanted a career in healthcare. She worked as a Registered nurse until graduating from Carson Newman in 2008 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She worked at UT Medical Center specializing in trauma/surgical field. In 2013, Jennifer joined Dr. Assadnia at East Tennessee Vascular Center. Her clinical interests include but are not limited to peripheral artery disease (PAD), peripheral vascular disease (PVD), abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), non-healing wounds, lymphedema, varicose veins, and carotid stenosis.

Jennifer strives to provide patients with educational information so they can better understand their diagnosis and what she and Dr. Assadnia will do for treatment. Our patients love that she is always so helpful and understanding. She makes patients feel at ease, letting them know that they will receive excellent care right here in Morristown. When she’s not working, she’s jeepin’ with her hubby Scott and their little boy Parker, traveling, and baking.

East Tennessee Vascular Center’s other staff members include:

  • Rebecca Atkins, RN for Catheter Lab
  • Kristi Fox, LPN
  • Kristi Harmon, Ultrasound Technician
  • Joshua Heaton, Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist for Catheter Lab
  • Beverly Hunt, Front Office Coordinator
  • Ashlie Lewis, LPN
  • Tonya Richards, Practice Manager