Dr. Jerkins is a native of Nashville. He completed his undergraduate work at David Lipscomb University followed by medical school at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. After an internship at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Jerkins completed his residency at the University of Tennessee Department of Ophthalmology in Memphis.
Dr. Jerkins’ comprehensive ophthalmology practice began in 1982, focusing on cataract surgery and contact lens care. He also serves as a Principal Investigator for a variety of FDA-approved clinical trials.
His career includes numerous leadership roles and appointments within the ophthalmology community. Since 1996 his recurring trips to Ukraine have allowed him to share his faith through medical and humanitarian efforts. In 2010 Dr. Jerkins founded SeaStarKids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers Ukrainian children the opportunity to attend a Christian summer camp and participate in monthly activities. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Healing Hands International and the Ukrainian Education Center.
Dr. Jerkins married his high school sweetheart. They are the proud parents of three grown children: an eye surgeon, an actor and a corporate event planner. Dr. Jerkins is a Christian who considers the practice of medicine not only a wonderful profession but also an art, combining scientific knowledge, clinical skills, and compassion.