Garth Graham, M.D.

President, Aetna Foundation

Garth Graham, M.D.
Garth Graham, M.D.

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Dr. Garth Graham, MD, MPH is a cardiologist and president of the Aetna Foundation. He is a former deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he led the Office of Minority Health. In his role, Dr. Graham is responsible for the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts, and executing the Foundation’s mission to create a healthier world, community by community. As part of this work, Dr. Graham is leading the charge on the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, a partnership between the Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties empowering small to mid-size U.S. cities and counties to create a positive health impact. Dr. Graham is a widely recognized researcher, writer and editor on health disparities including new findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs and Circulation. He has served on the faculty of the University of Florida School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. He has also served on a number of boards including Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, World Health Organization Scientific Group on Equity Analysis and Research, Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights and he was appointed to the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. He was also named the Distinguished Millennium Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a master’s in public health from Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University in Miami. He completed clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins where he trained in cardiology and interventional cardiology. He holds three board certifications including internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine.