Board of Directors Member
Major General Elder Granger, M.D., USA (Retired) joined the Cerner Board of Directors in November 2020. He is president and CEO of THE 5Ps, LLC, a health care, education and leadership consulting organization.
Prior to his retirement from the U.S. Army on July 1, 2009, Dr. Granger served as the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, DC. In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on DOD health plan policy and performance. He oversaw the acquisition, operation and integration of TRICARE/DOD’s managed care program within the Military Health System. Dr. Granger led a staff of 1,800 in planning, budgeting and executing a $22.5 billion Defense Health Program and in ensuring the effective and efficient provision of high-quality, accessible health care for 9.2 million uniformed Service members, their families, retirees and others located worldwide.
Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, Dr. Granger led the largest U.S. and multi-national battlefield health system in our recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command, and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department: Commander, 44th Medical Command; XVIII Airborne Corps Command Surgeon and Director of Health Services, Fort Bragg, NC; Commander, Europe Regional Medical Command; Director of TRICARE Europe; Command Surgeon, US Army Europe and 7th Army, Heidelberg, Germany; Acting Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection; Commander, Landstuhl Army Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany; Commander, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY; and attended Army War College, Carlisle Barrack, PA.
Dr. Granger has received numerous awards, decorations and honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Board of Hematology and Oncology, a certified physician executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, certified by the American College of Healthcare Executives and certified in Medical Quality by the American Board of Medical Quality. He has earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University, certified in Healthcare Compliance by Health Care Compliance Association and is a certified Compliance Officer by American Academy of Professional Coders.
His professional affiliations include being a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, American Medical Association, the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives (life member) Governance Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors, member and Fellow American College of Healthcare Executives, member and laureate American College of Physicians, member (life member) and fellow American Association for Physician Leadership, a member and fellow of the American College of Medical Quality, and a member of the Arkansas State University Chancellor Cabinet and University of Arkansas School of Medicine Board of Visitors. Dr. Granger also serves on the boards of directors of Cigna Corporation (NYSE:CI) and DLH Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: DLHC), and a member of the Board of Trustees at Rosalind Franklin University.
He earned a B.S. from Arkansas State University in 1976 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980. Dr. Granger completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, CO. Dr. Granger was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Meharry Medical College in 2009.
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