Berrien Springs Physician Named Michigan Family Physician of the Year

August 8, 2020—The late Lynn Gray, MD, MPH, FAAFP, a family physician in Berrien Springs, was recognized posthumously with the 2020 Michigan Family Physician of the Year Award on August 8 during Michigan Academy of Family Physicians’ ‘Academy’ awards celebration held virtually due to COVID-19.

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians—the largest medical specialty organization in the state—presents this distinguished award to individuals who exemplify the tradition and contributions of the family physician to the continuing health of Michigan residents.

It is with a heavy heart that Michigan Academy of Family Physicians did not have the opportunity to present the award to Dr. Gray before he passed away on June 13, 2020. Accepting the award on his behalf was his wife, Mrs. Deborah Gray.

Dr. Gray was a steadfast advocate for his patients and a long-time member of American Academy of Family Physicians and Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. Since first joining the Academy in 1978, he was actively engaged and served in many leadership positions to advance his specialty and support his peers across the state. Among the Academy positions he held throughout his career were 2005-2006 MAFP President, MAFP Board Member, and Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan Trustee. His leadership will be deeply missed.

With expertise in diversity and health equity, Dr. Gray was especially dedicated to promoting the value of and need for family medicine in underserved communities and advocating for increased diversity among family physicians. On his application to serve on the MAFP Board, Dr. Gray shared that he chose family medicine as his medical specialty because primary care specialties are the most needed specialties in the African American community.

A life-long learner, Dr. Gray received his medical degree in 1975 from University of Michigan Medical School, completed residency in 1978 at Grand Rapids Family Medicine Residency, achieved the AAFP Degree of Fellow in 1986, and earned his master’s in public health in 1994 from Loma Linda University School of Public Health.

Dr. Gray practiced family medicine and emergency medicine for more than 40 years in southwest Michigan. He was affiliated with Lakeland Regional Health System, where he served as medical director for diversity and health equity.

“Lynn was a wonderful family physician and I enjoyed interacting with him on a regular basis over the years. He will be missed by all, and especially by his patients and friends and family," said Chris Bush, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Riverview, who served alongside Dr. Gray for many years on the MAFP Board and various committees.

Tina Tanner, MD, FAAFP of Montague shared that, “Lynn was an amazing mentor to so many. I have the best memories of him. He was kind and caring. He served on the Committee for Membership and was passionate about recruiting members. And he challenged and encouraged me to build a MAFP that looks like the physicians in Michigan. Lynn, we did it! Thank you for your support. I will always honor your memory.”