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Dr. Patricia Gregory
Dr. Patricia Gregory

On Sunday, June 13, 2010, surrounded by family, Patricia Gregory, MD, passed away at UNC Hospitals. She was an assistant professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Ray Lynch and three loving children: Alexandra, Gabriel and Elizabeth; father, Lt. Col. Spruell Gregory, US Army (Retired); sister, Deborah Richards, RN; brother, Milan Gregory, Esq.; nephews, Gregory and Michael Richards.

“Dr. Gregory was an outstanding physician scientist, and a national leader working to reduce health disparities,” said Michael Y. Lee, MD, MHA, chair of UNC PM&R. “She was one of a limited number of physiatrists engaging in health services research, and was finishing a Masters in Public Health to promote interdisciplinary research. Her passing is a loss to multiple fields of study working to improve access to care.”

Dr. Gregory’s sub-specialties included stroke rehabilitation, geriatric rehabilitation, adult telemedicine and rehabilitation research, which she also mentored to PM&R residents and others.

Memorial contributions may be made to the UNC Medical Foundation of NC, Inc., 880 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC, 27514. Please note on the check that it is “In memory of Patricia Gregory, MD in PM&R.”

Additionally, the PM&R Department held a memorial at UNC Memorial Hospital chapel on August 10, 2010 for patients and colleagues of Dr. Gregory. Participants created a tree of life, with memorial notes written on the leaves.

The department renamed its annual Research Day as the Patricia C. Gregory, MD Memorial Lecture in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.