The chair honors Robert Smith, MD, and
his wife in recognition of Dr. Smith's 40-year career as a leader and
innovator in family medicine. Dr. Smith, professor and chairman
emeritus of the Department of Family Medicine, stepped down 1991.
Dr. Graham has had leadership roles with
the federal government, including administrator of the Health Resources
and Services Administration, with the rank of rear admiral in the
Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and assistant
surgeon general. He also served in senior positions in the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality and the Health Resources
Administration, and as a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate
Subcommittee on Health.
Dr. Graham's previous responsibilities
also included serving as CEO of the American Academy of Family
Physicians (AAFP), the national service and advocacy organization for
the specialty, from 1985 through 2000, and administrative officer of
the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, from 1973 to 1975.
Dr. Graham's contributions and expertise
in health policy have been recognized by his election to the Institute
of Medicine, his selection as treasurer of the bipartisan Alliance of
Health Reform and the renaming of the AAFP Center for Policy Studies in
Family Practice and Primary Care as "The Robert Graham Center."