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k u d o s c o r n e r Soldier, Physician Executive, Hematologist, and Oncologist Major General Elder Granger, MD The Editorial Board of the Journal of the National Medical Association has dedicated this column in recognition of the outstanding aca- demic, scientific, social and cultural accomplishments of NMA members in all aspects of the medical profession. It is anticipated that these members will serve as both an inspiration to our young members and as a “road map” to assist them in planning for a successful career. Interested members are encouraged to contact the honorees directly. Submissions for this column are encouraged and should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keyword: awards, achievement, and recognition J Natl Med Assoc. 2009;101:730-733 Author Affiliation (interview): Afrikan American National Institute of Free- dom and Science, Harlem, New York. Corresponding Author (interview): George A. Dawson, MD, Founder/Direc- tor, Afrikan American National Institute of Freedom and Science, PO Box 2442, Harlem, NY 10027 (email@example.com). M ajor General Elder Granger is the deputy director and program executive officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washing- ton, DC. He serves as the principal advisor to the assis- tant secretary of defense (Health Affairs) on Department of Defense (DoD) health plan policy and performance. He oversees the acquisition, operation, and integration of DoD’s managed care program within the military health system. Dr Granger leads a staff of 1800 in planning, bud- Military Health System and Army CAPSTONE Courses, geting, and executing a $22.5 billion defense health pro- and the Combat Casualty Care Course. gram and in ensuring the effective and efficient provision Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, Dr of high-quality, accessible health care for 9.2 million uni- Granger led the largest US and multinational battlefield formed service members, their families, retirees, and oth- health system in our recent history while serving as com- ers located worldwide. mander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and command Dr Granger began his career with the Army medical surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every department in 1971 as a combat medic in the US Army level of the Army medical department with previous assign- National Guard. He earned a bachelor of science degree ments as commander, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Air- from Arkansas State University in 1976. A distinguished borne Corps command surgeon and director of health ser- military graduate, Dr Granger was commissioned through vices, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; commander, US Army the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Upon Europe Regional Medical Command, US Army Europe and graduation from the University of Arkansas School of Seventh Army command surgeon, and TRICARE lead agent Medicine in 1980, he was awarded the Henry Kaiser Europe, Heidelberg, Germany; acting assistant surgeon gen- Medical Fellowship for Medical Excellence and Leader- eral for force projection, Office of the Surgeon General, ship. Dr Granger completed a residency in internal medi- Department of the Army, Falls Church, Virginia; commander, cine in 1983 and a fellowship in hematology-oncology in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany; 1986 at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. His military commander, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, education includes the Army War College, the Army Kentucky; division surgeon, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Car- Command and General Staff College, the Army Medical son, Colorado; deputy commander for clinical services, Ray- Department Officer Advanced and Basic Courses, the mond W. Bliss Army Community Hospital, Fort Huachuca, 730 JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION VOL. 101, NO. 7, JULY 2009
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