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November 24, 2021

Dr. Trice Gravatte to lead regional health department

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Dr. L. Trice Gravatte has practiced family medicine more than three decades.
A veteran Culpeper physician, who previously practiced in Warrenton, will serve as the new health director of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, starting Feb. 1.

Dr. L. Trice Gravatte IV for eight years has served as the lead physician at UVA Primary Care Family Care of Culpeper. Dr. Gravatte joined UVA Health in 2013 after 25 years in private practice, primarily in Warrenton, then in Culpeper.

The regional health district serves Fauquier, Culpeper, Orange, Madison and Rappahannock counties.

The health department’s profile and workload have increased dramatically in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, will continue to serve as the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District’s acting health director until Dr. Gravatte moves into the position.

Dr. Wade Kartchner retired as the regional health district director in March.

Born in Southwest Virginia, Dr. Gravatte grew up in Fairfax County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from University of Virginia in 1981 and his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia in 1985.

Dr. Gravatte played a central role in establishment of the Fauquier Free Clinic in 1993.

He continues to volunteer at The Free Clinic of Culpeper and serves on the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation board of directors. He is married and enjoys chasing two young grandchildren, traveling, golf, hiking and UVA sports.
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