Dr. Garth Graham, M.D., MPH, FACP, FACC, is the Vice President of Community Health & Impact for CVS Health and President of the Aetna Foundation. In his dual roles, Garth is responsible for creating the architecture around the combined company’s focus on social determinants of health (SDoH), leveraging strengths of legacy CVS Health and Aetna programs to inform this effort. Under his leadership, the enterprise and the Aetna Foundation are working in communities across the country to increase access to healthy foods, connect people with critical health services and shift the dynamic in healthcare delivery from the top down. Through grant work and key initiatives, this work will form the basis of the company’s $100 million Building Healthier Communities Initiative.
A cardiologist and professor of medicine, Dr. Graham is passionate about the opportunity to improve local health through cross-sector collaboration. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under both the Obama and Bush Administrations, where he also ran the Office of Minority Health. He directed the development of the federal government’s first National Health Disparities Plan released under the Obama administration. Prior to that, Dr. Graham was the assistant dean for health policy at the University of Florida School of Medicine, where he led several research initiatives looking at how to improve outcomes and readmission rates in cardiac patients in underserved populations.
He contributes to several boards including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Advisory Council, the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association National Quality Oversight Committee, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Data Standards, the Harvard Medical School Diversity Fund (chair) and was named by the President to the U.S. Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research among many others.
Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, an MPH from Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University. 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.
Dr. Graham has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, The Atlantic Festival and SXSW, and has been featured in media outlets including Fortune, USA Today, The Hill, The Chicago Tribune, Essence, U.S. News & World Report, Quartz and Ebony.