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Medical College of Wisconsin Names Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine

Dr. Gravel currently serves as professor of Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.

By - Sep 27th, 2019 09:29 am
Joseph W. Gravel, Jr. Medical College of Wisconsin.

Joseph W. Gravel, Jr. Medical College of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee, Sept. 27, 2019Joseph W. Gravel, Jr., MD, has been named as chair of the department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and will join the institution on Sept. 30, 2019.

“Dr. Gravel was identified as the top candidate for this role after a comprehensive national search process,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, dean, School of Medicine, provost and executive vice president for MCW. “We are very fortunate to be able to benefit from his significant experience as an acknowledged national leader in the field of Family Medicine.“

Dr. Gravel currently serves as professor of Family Medicine & Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass., and chief medical officer and chair of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Mass. Dr. Gravel also serves as chair of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee, on the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s board of directors and on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Review Committee for Family Medicine.

Dr. Gravel was assistant clinical professor of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., from 1992-1994 and assistant clinical professor of Family Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine from 1994-2007.  Dr. Gravel also held positions of increasing seniority at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Medford, Mass., from 1994-2015.

Dr. Gravel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Tufts University in 1982 and earned his MD degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1986.  He served at an internship in Family Medicine at Dewitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Va., from 1986-1987 and was a medical officer in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Belvoir/Fort Devens in Massachusetts and overseas in South Korea and West Germany.  Dr. Gravel served a residency in Family Medicine at the Fairfax Family Practice Center/Virginia Commonwealth University in Fairfax, Va., from 1990-1992, where he was academic chief resident.

About the Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, The Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement.  More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY2016, faculty received more than $184 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,500 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 525,000 patients annually.

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