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Dr. Gregory Blake's Retirement Announced and Dr. Anthony Wilson Selected as Interim Chair of Family Medicine

On December 31, one of the premier academicians, clinicians and campus leaders at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine will be stepping aside as Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in order to begin the transition to retirement. Gregory H. Blake MD MPH has a storied career, and his countless contributions to the Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tennessee Medical Center and to this nation as a result of his many years of military service.

Dr. Blake is a graduate of Texas Tech University (BA), the University of Texas Health Science Center-Southwestern Medical School (MD) and the University of Oklahoma College of Health (MPH). He has been board certified and multiply recertified by the American Board of Family Medicine and board certified by the American Board of Disaster Medicine. After serving in faculty positions at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Mississippi, Dr. Blake moved to Knoxville in 1995 and became Chairman and Professor with Tenure in 1996. He has elevated the Department of Family Medicine and has overseen remarkable growth in its clinical operations as well as academic output. He has authored 12 book chapters and multiple original papers, lectured regionally, nationally and internationally and mentored several generations of residents over the last 24 years. Dr. Blake was recipient of the 2015 Family Physician of the Year Award given by the Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians and serves as a Residency Program Solutions consultant for the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has also served on medical missions to Thailand, Indonesia, Chile and Brazil. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Dr. Blake is a retired Colonel with the Tennessee Air National Guard and served on multiple tours of duty with the US Air Force, Army and National Guard, earning Commendation medals, the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal.

Paul J. Hauptman, MD, Dean of the Graduate School of Medicine said he is proud to have been able to recognize Dr. Blake's achievements with the GSM Spirit Award this past summer. " We are truly grateful to Dr. Blake for his many years of leadership and contributions to the GSM and UT Medical Center."

Among his many mentees is G. Anthony Wilson MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Wilson has agreed to serve as interim Chairman prior to the launch of a national search for a permanent successor to Dr. Blake. Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and was chief resident here in 2002-3 before moving on to private practice in his home town of Crossville. After nearly a decade of practice, Dr. Wilson decided to return to an academic setting and during this time completed a fellowship in Faculty Development at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is an innovator in medical education and recently initiated a medical student elective in LGBTQ health, the first of its kind in the University of Tennessee system. He also volunteers locally at the Free Medical Clinic and the Hope Center. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Wilson.


Pictured top: Dr Gregory Blake; Pictured bottom: Dr. Anthony Wilson

Posted October 28, 2019


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