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Samaritan to Host Dinner to Recognize Physicians

Published on: February 20, 2023

Dr. Maja Lundborg-Gray to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Watertown, New York —– Samaritan Medical Center will be hosting its ninth Physician Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. This event, supported by the Samaritan Medical Center Medical Executive Committee and Samaritan Foundation, is held annually on or around National Doctors’ Day to honor Samaritan’s active and retired physicians for their dedication.

As part of this event, one physician is selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was established to recognize a Samaritan physician for his/her leadership and service to the health and well-being of the Northern New York community. Whether in their private practice, hospital duties, Board or Medical Staff leadership positions or volunteer work, Samaritan’s physicians dedicate their time and talent to making the community a better place to live.

The 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Maja Lundborg-Gray, M.D., an emergency medicine physician, and public health and EMS advocate.  In 1998, Dr. Lundborg-Gray joined Samaritan Medical Center’s medical staff.  Later that year, she founded North Country Emergency Medical Consultants, PC was formed, a private group of physicians and advanced practice providers, where she still practices today continues to serve as its President.

Dr. Lundborg-Gray was born in Manhattan to Karen, a United Nations Tour Guide and nurse, and Dr. Carl Lundborg, an Orthopedic Surgeon.  She completed her Biochemistry degree at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1989. Her first career was a high school science educator at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. It was during this time she developed a strong passion for education.  In 1991, Dr. Lundborg-Gray attended NY Medical College, her father’s alma mater. Partaking in critical care medicine across all disciplines in the Emergency Department inspired her.  She met her husband, Dr. Daniel Gray, in medical school and they married in 1994 at Trinity College Chapel.  In 1998, she graduated from the Emergency Medicine residency at Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Dr. Lundborg-Gray has been an active member of the Watertown emergency medical community and services for the last 24 years.  In 1998, Dr. Lundborg-Gray became the medical director for EVAC Air Ambulance. Since then she has been a Medical Director of North Country Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee and has since held many EMS medical director positions. During her tenure as Jefferson County EMS Medical Director she worked with county officials supporting LifeNet of NY’s presence in the North Country.  Since 2013 she has proudly served as Medical Director to Watertown, Seneca Falls, and Potsdam LifeNet of NY bases.  She is dedicated to the education of local youth regarding public health hazards and through expert collaboration with the New York Attorney General’s Office, has been credited with turning the tide on the retail sale of misbranded recreational drugs.

She is an active member of the Samaritan Foundation, Medical Staff Peer Review Committee, Stroke Committee and Trauma Committee. She supports the Samaritan residency program as a faculty supervisor. She served as Emergency Department Chair from 2002 – 2008 and also served on multiple hospital committees including the Credentials and Medical Executive Committees. Dr. Lundborg-Gray currently serves as Emergency Department Medical Director since 2011.  She also is a member of the Jefferson County Health Services Advisory Board since 2014, and has previously served on the Herring College Trust Board and the Thompson Park Conservancy Board.

Dr. Lundborg-Gray and her husband, Dr. Daniel Gray, reside in Clayton and have two sons, Spencer and Maxwell.

“Our community is fortunate to have a team of exceptional physicians,” said Thomas H. Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. “This event is a time to include everyone in recognizing all physicians who make a difference in the lives of those around us, both inside and outside the walls of our facilities. Dr. Lundborg-Gray represents a career of achievements and advocacy efforts in emergency care and medicine for the community. She is invested in providing care during some of the most critical moments of a patient’s emergency needs, while also supporting local Emergency Management providers.  Her prevention and advocacy efforts speak to her commitment to this community.  We are all fortunate to have doctors such as Dr. Lundborg-Gray that have chosen to do their life’s work in Watertown.”

The Physician Recognition Dinner is being held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown. This event is open to the community. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.samaritanhealth.com/physiciandinner, or call 315-785-4584.

Dr. Maja Lundborg-Gray

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