Gretchen Holmes, Ph.D.

Provider name:
Gretchen Holmes, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Scholarly Activity

Education & Certifications

University of Kentucky
Masters Degree:
Master of Arts in Communication & Media Ecology, New York University


Gretchen Holmes, Ph.D. is Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education director of research and scholarly activity. Dr. Holmes previously served as the DIO/director of GME for Orange Park Medical Center. In this role, she started multiple new residency programs, achieved full accreditation for existing programs and started two fellowships in Cardiology and Hospice and Palliative Care. Prior to that role, Dr. Holmes served as research director for GME at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami and the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Eastern Kentucky. Dr. Holmes is an experienced researcher having published in numerous top-tier journals including Health Communication, Psycho-Oncology and Injury Epidemiology. She also co-authored a well-received chapter, The Patient Experience, in a recent Health Communication textbook. Dr. Holmes’ research interests include rapport, provider-patient communication, patient experience and health disparities. She regularly teaches courses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Behavior Change Theory and has served as a national-level patient advocate for the National Cancer Institute for over ten years.

Dr. Holmes is originally from Michigan. She and her husband, Ronn, relocated to Gainesville in September 2018. They have a daughter and are new grandparents. Dr. Holmes holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and a Master of Arts in Communication & Media Ecology from New York University and a PhD from the University of Kentucky. She is thrilled to be joining the GME team and looks forward to working with residents, faculty and staff at NGMC.