Dr Trice Gravatte will head the regional health directorate

Dr L. Trice Gravatte has practiced family medicine for over three decades.

A veteran doctor from Culpeper, who previously practiced in Warrenton, will be the new director of health for the Rappahannock-Rapidan health district, starting February 1.

Dr L. Trice Gravatte IV was for eight years the principal physician of the AVU Primary Care Family Care in Culpeper. Dr Gravatte joined UVA Health in 2013 after 25 years in private practice, mainly in Warrenton, then in Culpeper.

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

The profile and workload of the health service has increased dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Colin Greene, Lord Fairfax Health District Director, will continue to serve as the Acting Health District Director of Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District until Dr Gravatte takes up this post.

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

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

Dr Gravatte played a central role in the creation of the Fauquier free clinic in 1993.

He continues to volunteer at the free Culpeper clinic and serves on the board of directors of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. He is married and enjoys chasing after two young grandchildren, traveling, golfing, hiking, and UVA sports.

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