Our Leadership

Effective April 1, 2024

President & Chief Executive Officer

GrayDr. Keith Gray is the President and Chief Executive Officer 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.

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

ShamiyehDr. James Shamiyeh is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Shamiyeh joined UTMC in 2005 as a pulmonary and critical care physician before becoming the medical director of the Heart Lung Vascular Institute in 2016. In 2019, he was named Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer before promotion to his current role as Executive Vice President of Clinical Services in 2022. Dr. Shamiyeh currently oversees the Centers of Excellence, Nursing, Pharmacy, Clinical Services, Hospitalist Services, Perioperative Services, Emergency Services, Clinical Integration, Clinical Process Design, and the Operations Center.

Dr. Shamiyeh led UTMC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He earned an undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech, a medical degree from The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency and pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. Dr. Shamiyeh holds a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Business Administration from the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.