Keith D. Gray, MBA, MD

Surgical Oncologist, Associate Professor

President of The University of Tennessee Medical Center

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About Me

Gender: Male

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Dr. Keith Gray is the President of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. Gray previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at the University of Tennessee Medical Center – Knoxville (UTMCK). Dr. Gray earned an undergraduate and medical degree from Wake Forest University. He completed his general surgery residency and surgical research fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before completing a surgical oncology fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gray has practiced surgical oncology at UTMC for 15 years, during which time he has served as Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, Chief-of-Staff, medical director of multiple service lines, and co-founded the Physician Leadership Academy. He is interested in health equity and eliminating health disparities in East Tennessee and has delivered over 100 community lectures. Dr. Gray completed an MBA degree from the Haslam College of Business in 2014, where he served as class president and was voted Physician Leader of the Year. Gray has been recognized as one of the “Top Docs” by Knoxville’s Cityview Magazine and received awards recognizing his outstanding patient care, compassion, and leadership. He is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville and Leadership Tennessee. In and out of the hospital, Dr. Gray feels called to serve and empower those around him. As an academic surgeon he advocates for a healthy community and mentors those pursuing healthcare careers. In the community he serves as the chair of the Emerald Youth Foundation and a trustee on the United Way of Greater Knoxville board. Dr. Gray is a husband of 25 years to Kala, a father of five, and an elder in his church. He enjoys community service, running, family movies, and desserts made by his kids.

Clinical Focus:
pancreas cancers, Liver Cancer

Surgical Oncology

Education & Credentials

Medical School

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee


Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee


University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Other Education

Physician Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

Organizations & Societies

Fellow American College of Surgeons Member Society of Surgical Oncology

I am called to lead by serving. Whether ensuring the delivery of safe and high-quality care, creating a collaborative work culture for our team, or reaching out to underserved parts of our region, I love partnering to build a health system that grants everyone in our region an opportunity to achieve their best health .
— Keith D. Gray

Where I See Patients

University Surgical Oncology

1926 Alcoa Highway, Bldg F (Cancer Institute)Knoxville, TN 37920

Phone: 865-305-9218

Fax: 865-544-8262

University Surgical Oncology

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