Dr. Gatrell is one of Aspire’s most widely versed physicians, residency trained in both emergency medicine and family medicine. He has been board certified in emergency medicine for over 30 years and previously board certified in family medicine for 28 years. Dr. Gatrell brings a breadth of education, training, and experience to Aspire.
Dr. Gatrell evaluates and treats a variety of urgent care patients daily, identifying and referring those who need additional care at other facilities. Gatrell assists and supervises mid-level providers in Urgent Care, while helping them grow their clinical skills. He contributes to positive relationships among colleagues and coworkers that build the Aspire team and enhance the Aspire environment.
Dr. Gatrell has served in dozens of hospitals, clinics, and healthcare organizations, leaving each one better than he found it. His fit with Aspire has always been evident through his approach to medicine which is to examine the patient but listen to the person.
Dr. Gatrell is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia and completed residencies in both family practice and emergency medicine, and has received several awards as an emergency physician. Gatrell is Life Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians with over 15 years in state and national leadership positions in the organization. He is active in the academic community providing numerous publications including articles in medical journals and chapters in emergency medicine textbooks.
Dr. Gatrell is also a veteran, qualified as an Army Ranger and parachutist over his distinguished 30-year military career which included service as a Hospital Commander, Department Chair over a top-ranked emergency medicine residency training program, and as Chief Medical Officer for the United Nations in the Former Yugoslavia. Gatrell was the first physician selected as leadership faculty at the U.S. Army War College.
He has been married to a hospice nurse for over 44 years, supporting her work and her volunteer service through the church and the Red Cross. Dr. Gatrell enjoys his large family — 8 children and 21 (and counting) grandchildren. A man of the humanities, Gatrell is also an accomplished pianist, organist, and church choir member and Vice President and Sponsor of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra.