Dr. David Gregory is a lifelong Tennessean who has invested his talents to improve the lives and health of underserved Tennesseans, from veterans to refugees to the homeless. He has been a powerful role model for hundreds of young doctors during his years of service.
Dr. Gregory graduated from Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, in 1963. He earned his M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1967. He completed his internal medicine residency as chief resident at Vanderbilt University Hospital in 1971. After serving two years in the Air Force as chief of internal medicine (Major), Dr. Gregory returned to Nashville in 1973. There he spent his 40+ year medical career in the practice of internal medicine and infectious disease, with academic appointments at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. From 1973 onward, his hospital practice was based at Nashville Metropolitan General Hospital, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Baptist Hospital. He is currently Professor Emeritus, Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Dr. Gregory has been an integral part of Siloam Health, which he founded in 1989. He served as the lead volunteer physician, the first medical director and chairman of the board for many years. Siloam is a nonprofit Christian health center that provides whole-person health care to those who have difficulty finding care. Its patients come from Nashville and 80+ nations. Siloam’s reputation for excellence in caring for Nashville’s international population led the Health Department to initiate the statewide Refugee Medical Screening contract, a program that has become a model for others across the country.
Siloam inspired a substantial network of staff, volunteers, teaching institutions, hospitals, donors and supporters to welcome thousands of Nashville’s vulnerable and at-risk populations. Siloam’s patients receive holistic care for medical, emotional, and mental health issues. The organization’s mentorship programs have trained hundreds of health profession students and residents in the art of whole-person care for the underserved, inspiring physicians to lead health centers, pursue health disparities research, direct training programs and acquire public health roles at the local, state and national levels.
In consequence, Dr. Gregory has been awarded several honors over the years: The Harold Love Award for Outstanding Community Service (1998), The Nashville Tennessean Volunteer of the Week (2000), The Tennessee Volunteer Hero (2001), The Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the Year (2003) and the American College of Physicians Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service (2006). He was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha in 2000 as a faculty inductee.