Michael C. Tigar, M.D.

Specialist in Pediatrics

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Dr. Michael “Chuck” Tigar first stated he wanted to be a pediatrician when he was eight years old, according to his mother. Inspired by his own pediatrician, Dr. Tigar wanted to help and bring joy to children in the same manner. His path started in Pennsylvania, where he was born. He moved to Tennessee when he was a toddler and stayed there through high school. He attended college at the University of Pennsylvania, but returned to Tennessee for medical school where he received his degree in 1997. He completed his pediatric training at the UT College of Medicine at Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.

As a pediatrician, his goals are to provide preventive health care (by performing well visits and providing immunizations as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics), reassure parents when possible, treat illnesses when they occur and make visits for his patients as fun as they can be. He wants every visit to end with all appropriate care given, every parent question answered and a smile on every patient’s face.

Since he is originally from Pennsylvania, he roots (along with his family) for all Philadelphia sports teams. However, he did marry a girl from Tennessee, so her family made him an honorary Volunteer. He and his wife have two children, a daughter in college and a son in high school.

I SPECIALIZE IN:

  • Annual Physicals
  • Well-Baby Checkups
  • Immunizations/Vaccines
  • Adolescent Health
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Preventative Pediatric Medicine

I'M LOCATED AT

Galen East Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

1651 Gunbarrel Road, Suite 302

Chattanooga, TN 37421

  • Call: (423) 899-2904
  • Fax: (423) 892-5058

BEEN IN PRACTICE:

Since 2000.

 

MY CARE PHILOSOPHY:

I want every visit to be as fun as it can be; with all appropriate care given, every parent question answered, and a smile on every patient’s face.

MY EDUCATION:

Residency | Pediatrics – T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital, Chattanooga, TN

M.D. | University of Tennessee at Memphis, Memphis, TN

BA | Chemistry & Math – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

I'M AFFILIATED WITH:

Hospitals: 
Erlanger East Hospital
Parkridge East Hospital

Organizations:
Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Chattanooga & Hamilton County Medical Society
Tennessee Medical Association

SERVICES & PATIENT RESOURCES:

What is a wellness exam: An annual exam is a Comprehensive preventative exam with your primary care provider for the sole purpose of preventative care. An annual exam does not include discussion of new problems or detailed review of chronic conditions. Annual exams may also be called routine check-ups, yearly exams, an annual pap, or preventive visit.

Will my insurance pay for a wellness exam?

Most health plans will pay for one wellness or preventative exam per year. Your insurance provider may consider this to be once per calendar year or one year and one day since the date of your last wellness exam.

If you have had any other visit billed as preventative during this time period your plan is likely to deny your wellness exam. This would include a well-woman exam or annual pap smear. Your plan may not pay for all testing and/or labs ordered during your wellness exam. If your provider has a concern and orders diagnostic testing and/or labs during your exam you may be held financially responsible.

It is the patient’s responsibility to check with their insurance provider to see what is covered under their wellness benefit and to ensure they are eligible prior to scheduling their annual wellness exam.

What is the difference between a wellness exam and a problem visit: Preventative visits and tests ordered by your provider can help you stay healthy and catch problems early. Diagnostic visits and testing are used to diagnose a current health problem. Diagnostic tests are ordered by your provider when you have symptoms and they want to find out why. For example, your provider might want you to have a test because of your age or family history, that’s preventive care, but if it’s because you’re having symptoms of a problem,
that’s diagnostic care.

Can I have a wellness exam and problem visit at the same time: No. Billing issues prevent your provider from doing a wellness exam and a diagnostic visit on the same day. This is for your protection as your insurance carrier may deny one of these visits forwarding the financial responsibility to you. This does not prevent you from asking a
simple question or requesting refills of any maintenance medications; however, we ask that you please schedule a separate appointment, on a different day, if you have any new concerns or other ongoing health problems that need more attention. Should your wellness exam turn into a diagnostic or problem-oriented visit we will bill accordingly.

Our pediatricians provide not only medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill but also preventive health services for healthy children. At Galen East Internal Medicine and Pediatrics we manage the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of the children under their care at every stage of development.

Our practice aims to reduce infant and child rate of illness, control the spread of infectious disease, promote healthy lifestyles for a long disease-free life and help ease the problems of children and adolescents with chronic conditions. Several conditions, disorders and illnesses treated at our practice include:

  • injuries
  • infections
  • genetic and congenital conditions
  • cancers
  • organ diseases and dysfunctions
  • developmental delays and disorders
  • behavioral problems
  • functional disabilities
  • social stresses
  • mental disorders including depression and anxiety disorders

Vaccines play an important role in keeping us healthy. They protect us from serious and sometimes deadly diseases — like haemophilus influenzaetype b (Hib) and measles.

It’s normal to have questions about vaccines. Vaccines.gov works with scientists and doctors to answer your questions and provide the information you need to get vaccinated.  make sure that you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations — they’re your best shot against serious, preventable illness.

Immunization is the process of becoming immune to (protected against) a disease. Immunization can also mean the process of getting vaccinated. For example, your “immunization schedule,” is the timing of your shots.

Our pediatricians offer a free consultation for expectant parents which allows you to meet the doctor, tour our office, meet our staff, and get answers to any questions you may have regarding becoming a patient in our practice.

It’s normal to have questions about vaccines. Vaccines.gov works with scientists and doctors to answer your questions and provide the information you need to get vaccinated.  make sure that you and your family are up-to-date on your vaccinations — they’re your best shot against serious, preventable illness.

Immunization is the process of becoming immune to (protected against) a disease. Immunization can also mean the process of getting vaccinated. For example, your “immunization schedule,” is the timing of your shots.