NPA Advisory Board

Robert Graham, MD


Dr. Graham currently is Professor of Family Medicine, and the Robert and Myfanwy Smith Chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine, a position he has held since March of 2005.

Dr. Graham has previously been associated with the discipline of Family Medicine as the Executive Vice President/CEO of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) (1985-2000), the head of the Academy’s Foundation (1988-1997), and the Administrative Officer of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) (1973-1975).

In addition to his activities in Family Medicine, Dr. Graham has held a number of leadership responsibilities in the Federal Health Sector, including the position of Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (1981-1985), during which time he held the rank of Rear Admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and served as an Assistant Surgeon General. He also served in senior positions at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2001-2004), the Health Resources Administration (1976-1979), and the Health Services and Mental Health Administration (1970-1973). From 1979-1980, he served as a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Sub-committee on Health.

Throughout his career Dr. Graham has spoken extensively and written about a number of critical topics in health policy, such as health care reform and the need for universal coverage, federal health workforce policy, and the organizational characteristics of effective health systems. Dr. Graham’s contributions and expertise in health policy have been recognized by his election to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, and his selection as Treasurer of the bipartisan Alliance of Health Reform. In September of 2000, the Academy renamed its Center for Policy Studies in Family Practice and Primary Care as “The Robert Graham Center”.

Dr. Graham, a native of Kansas, is a graduate of Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana (1965), and the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas (1970).

Dr. Graham is married to Dr. Jane Henney, who currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs at the University of Cincinnati.

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