Keith Gray, MD, Named Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Keith Gray Named Chief Medical Officer at UT Medical Center

The University of Tennessee Medical Center has named Dr. Keith Gray as its next senior vice president and chief medical officer. Gray joined the medical center as a surgical oncologist in 2007 and will succeed Dr. Jerry Epps in the role beginning March 1. Epps recently announced his retirement after more than 30 years of leadership and service to the medical center.

“Keith’s leadership throughout the past decade has been incredibly valuable to our patients, team members, physicians, and the entire community,” said Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “He’s proven his ongoing commitment to benefit the health of those we serve by advancing his own learning and skills, while also developing and inspiring fellow physicians and others around him. Keith is going to be an excellent chief medical officer.”

In the new role, Gray will oversee the clinical vision and direction of the medical center and enact policies and protocols to further improve patient care and to promote wellness and success for physicians and staff. Additionally, Gray plans to leverage strategic partnerships with community and statewide leaders to promote health equity and raise awareness about social determinants that contribute to health disparities.

“I am honored and humbled to succeed Dr. Jerry Epps and to represent UTMC and such a talented and committed group of physicians,” said Gray. “From the establishment of Knoxville Area Project Access (KAPA) to championing the fight against opioid abuse, the chief medical officer role at UTMC is steeped in a legacy of servant leadership. I look forward to working with our team members and strategic partners to engage our community, continue to meet the comprehensive health care needs of our region, and improve the health status of our state.”

Gray began taking on leadership roles almost immediately after joining the medical center. Throughout the past decade, he created the Gastrointestinal Tumor and Liver and Pancreas service lines, and co-founded the medical center’s Physician Leadership Academy, of which he is also a graduate. Dr. Gray served as Chief of Staff and has held three medical directorships, including his current role as medical director of the Operating Room Committee. He is chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville 2016 and Leadership Tennessee class V.

Gray earned undergraduate and medical degrees from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He completed his general surgery residency and surgical research fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville before receiving his fellowship training in surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. While at UTMC he earned his MBA from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee.

In addition to the new responsibilities Gray will continue to practice medicine. He believes it will help him make ongoing healthcare improvements and continue to relate to the evolving needs of patients, physicians and team members.

Gray is a husband of 22 years to Kala, a father of five, and a native of Snow Hill, N.C. He enjoys community service, running, family movies, and great desserts made by his kids.

About The University of Tennessee Medical Center

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet® recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 630-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville.