2022 Top 20 Impact Makers Honorees
Dr. Karen Gray Gomez
2022 Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker Award
Saturday, February 5, 2022
The St. Regis Houston
Dr. Karen Gray Gomez adds kindness and empathy to her daily interactions, whether with patients, students, friends, or family members.
Dr. Gray Gomez is a board-certified internist and former assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. She has provided many years of compassionate comprehensive care to the residents of Harris County. Currently, she serves as Medical Director for a national managed care company. As such, Dr. Gray Gomez works tirelessly to ensure that seniors safely transition from the hospital to home. Dr. Gray Gomez leverages her clinical knowledge with available tools, support services, and a caring heart to ensure patients properly transition through the continuum of health care.
In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Gray Gomez has found joy in educating medical students, residents, and mid-level providers. She has always encouraged her students to: “give your best to every patient” and “treat your patients as you would treat your own loved ones.”
Dr. Gray Gomez is a native of Louisiana. She earned her undergraduate degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and her medical degree from the historical Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
During the past 19 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Gray Gomez has garnered accolades for her excellence in healthcare in both Arkansas and Texas. She was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society during her medical school training. In 2013, she was among the first to be named Physician of the Quarter in the Harris Health System. In 2018, she was honored as a Role Model at the Women in the Fast Lane of STEAM Style Show & Luncheon by the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Being civic-minded, Dr. Gray Gomez enjoys serving the needs of the community through advocacy and education. She spends her free time educating others about health matters, mentoring young women and men, and volunteering in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she helped create a series of informational videos about the coronavirus through her work with the Mary Susan Moore Medical Society. Additionally, she has volunteered countless hours working at community testing sites with the Church and Community Health Initiative and food banks within the City of Houston.
Beyond assisting the community through advocacy and education, Dr. Gray Gomez volunteers her time and expertise to many invaluable organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Women’s Home for three years supporting every aspect of the organization’s missions and goals. Currently, she is proud to be the 2020-2021 co-chair of the organization’s annual gala, reNew & reDo: A Triumphant Affair! Dr. Gray Gomez is also the Chair of the Health and Human Services Facet of the Fort Bend County chapter of the Links, Inc. As well, she has served as the event chair for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc.’s hugely successful Christmas in July back-to-school program. Dr. Gray Gomez also served a two-year term on the Executive Committee of the organization’s Houston chapter, helping to raise thousands of dollars for underserved communities. As a proud 25-year Silver Star member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. Gray Gomez has lent her time to uphold the organization’s ultimate tenet “to be of service to all mankind.” And, as an involved member of Les Martinique Social & Civic Club, she mentors young women and leads workshops on health, etiquette, and college preparation.
Dr. Gray Gomez is also an active member of the National Medical Association, Houston Medical Forum, Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, and the Mary Susan Moore Medical Society.
Dr. Gray Gomez is the proud wife of Dr. Rossie Gomez. With him, she is overjoyed to be parenting their beautiful daughter, Giovanna “Gigi” Gomez. When not working or volunteering, Dr. Gray Gomez cherishes spending quality time with her family and friends.
It is for all the reasons mentioned above, and many more, that Dr. Karen Gray Gomez has been named a Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker for 2022.