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University Health Service Director Named

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Gregory R. Moore

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“Moore’s career as a physician in the military has allowed him to work as a leader, educator, and health care provider, focusing largely on young adults. The health issues faced by young persons in the military, whose average age of active duty is 21, are nearly identical to those of undergraduate students. Moore’s experience makes him an obvious choice to lead the University Health Service.”

-- Patricia Terrell,
vice president for student affairs

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August 18, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Gregory R. Moore, medical director of the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, N.C., has been named director of the University Health Service at the University of Kentucky. The appointment, subject to approval by the UK Board of Trustees, was announced by Patricia Terrell, vice president for student affairs.

Moore replaces H. Spencer Turner, who is retiring August 31, after serving as director of the University Health Service since February 1991. Moore was selected for the position following a national search by a committee that included UK faculty and student representatives from the health service, Chandler Medical Center, and Student Affairs.

“Moore’s career as a physician in the military has allowed him to work as a leader, educator, and health care provider, focusing largely on young adults,” said Terrell. “The health issues faced by young persons in the military, whose average age of active duty is 21, are nearly identical to those of undergraduate students,” Terrell said. “Moore’s experience makes him an obvious choice to lead the University Health Service.”

Moore received a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1976, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978, and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, Md., in 1983. His experience in the U.S. Navy included two years as a public health physician, followed by a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. After serving as an OB/GYN in Yokosuka, Japan, he began a two-year residency in occupational medicine, again at USUHS, and completed that residency in 1993.

He subsequently became vice chair, then chair, of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda until his appointment in October 2000 as medical director of the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, N.C. He also has served in various military operational positions in the Caribbean and Western Pacific.

Moore is the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy Commendation Medal (two gold stars), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Charles Bareham Award as Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently holds the rank of associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at USUHS.

“It has been a privilege to care for our sailors, Marines and their families for the past 20 years,” Moore said. “I am honored to have been selected to join the outstanding health care team at the University Health Service and begin serving the UK community. After working all over the world, my wife, Candace, and I are looking forward to settling down. Lexington already feels like home.”


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