Student Corner: Andrew Gray

July 1, 2011

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and Andrew Gray
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and Andrew Gray
  • Second-year physician assistant student
  • 2011 Paul Ambrose Scholar
  • Grammy award-winning opera singer

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in literature, Andrew spent more than a decade traveling the world working as a professional singer and yoga teacher. Most significantly, he sang with the Estonian National Male Choir, in Tallinn, Estonia, for three years, recording three albums, one of which won a Grammy. He has also performed with the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, the Estonian National Opera, Austin's five-time Grammy-nominated Conspirare, and most recently with Cantare Houston, to name a few.

Eight years ago, Andrew earned his yoga teaching certification and quickly became a sought-after teacher and workshop leader, with a special appearance on NBC's "Today Show" in 2008. He teaches regularly at Yoga One.

Andrew says that singing and yoga will always be important parts of his life, but that pursuing them as his livelihood left him somewhat unfulfilled.

As president of the Robert Luchi Society at BCM, Andrew is extremely proud of his PA class for raising $4,000 for charity. He looks forward to his career as a physician assistant and was recently named a Paul Ambrose Scholar by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

With a grant from the APTR, Andrew hopes to conduct research on the sexual behaviors of recovering gay drug addicts as a possible means of preventing relapses. His goal is to eventually work as a clinician in HIV medicine following his 2012 graduation from BCM.