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Gregory inducted into Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame

Oct. 6, 2022, 2:39 PM

David Gregory, MD

by Paul Govern

Infectious diseases specialist and community service stalwart David Gregory, MD, associate professor of Medicine, emeritus, is among five honorees who will be inducted Oct. 18 to the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame.

Gregory has been prominent in Nashville for his volunteer work providing health care to the underserved of the city, particularly refugees. He served as a founder, medical director and chair of the board of Siloam Health. He was chief of ambulatory services for Nashville General Hospital from 1973 to 1993.

He won the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Harold Love Award for Outstanding Community Service in 1989, and HandsOn Nashville’s Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the Year Award in 2003. In 2006 at the annual session of the American College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Gregory received the Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service.

Gregory received his BA from Vanderbilt University in 1963, followed by his MD in 1967; he joined the faculty at the School of Medicine in 1973, retiring in 2006.

Honoring individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to health care and the health care industry, the Hall of Fame was created in 2015 by Belmont University, the McWhorter Society and the Nashville Health Care Council.

This year’s other inductees include Reginald Coopwood, MD, president and CEO of Regional One Health in Memphis; Ned Ray McWherter, the 46th governor of Tennessee (1987-1995); Ching-Hon Pui, MD, chair of the department of oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis; and Randy Wykoff, MD, MPHTM, founding dean of the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.

The Hall of Fame has previously inducted 13 members with ties to Vanderbilt: David Barton, MD; Monroe Carell Jr.; Stanley Cohen, PhD; Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD; Kathryn Edwards, MD; Carol Etherington, MSN, RN; John Flexner, MD; William Frist, MD; Ernest Goodpasture, MD; Harry Jacobson, MD; Stanford Moore, PhD; William Schaffner, MD; and Mildred Stahlman, MD.

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