Joseph W. Gravel, Jr., MD
Senior Vice President
Chief Medical Officer
Chair of Family Medicine
and Community Health
A board-certified family physician, Dr Gravel has led clinical practices for 26 years and has served as Chief Medical Officer at GLFHC for the past 7 years. A native of Norwich, CT, he attended Tufts University graduating magna cum laude and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed his family medicine residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University-Fairfax FMR in Fairfax, VA where he served as Chief Resident, and was a Medical Officer in the US Army stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA, Fort Devens, MA, and overseas in South Korea. Before returning to Massachusetts in 1994 he was in a busy practice in Vienna, VA. A nationally-known academic leader in family medicine, he was the founding Residency Program Director of the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency and for 10 years volunteered his time as Medical Director of the Sharewood Project, a student-run free clinic in Malden.
Dr Gravel is a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester and Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and has significant national, regional, and statewide leadership experience in family medicine. He previously served as a Residency Director for 20 years and now is academic Chair of Family Medicine at GLFHC, which was the nation’s first teaching health center in 1994. He currently serves nationally on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) which sets certification standards for over 80,000 family physicians nationwide, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) supporting 5000 family medicine educators. He is also national Chair of the Academic Family Medicine Advocacy Committee (AFMAC) which advocates for strengthening support of primary care to Congress and government agencies. He is a Past President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC), and the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians (MassAFP). His work has been nationally recognized including the 2013 Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Advocate Award and the 2016 AFMRD President’s Award, and more locally the Patricia Kelley Community Service Award and 2004 Norwich Native Son Award from his hometown.
Dr Gravel loves following the Boston sports teams and values time with his wife Barbara and children Elizabeth (age 19), Teddy (age 16), and Caroline (age 15).