Gloria Graham, M.D.
February 18, 2015
A legend in Dermatology who specializes in cryosurgery – and has practiced medicine for more than 54 years
Dr. Gloria Graham is a Dermatologist at Eastern Dermatology and Pathology in Morehead City, NC. She also served as a Clinical Associate Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and clinical attending physician in Dermatology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine. She received her M.D. from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University. She completed her residency in Dermatology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.
Why Dr. Graham was nominated:
- Dr. Graham just celebrated her 80th birthday – and her dedication to her patients compels her to continue practicing three days a week.
- Dr. Graham is a pioneer in Dermatology and for women in medicine. Over the years, she has had successful practices in Wilson County, Carteret County and at Wake Forest University Medical School. She was a founder of the American College of Cryosurgery.
- She grew up in a family of doctors. Her own father was a family physician who was 72 years old when Dr. Graham was born and had his practice in their home.
- She is recognized throughout the country for her expertise and leadership in cryosurgery. She has mentored untold numbers of physicians and students and treated many thousands of patients over the years.
Dr. Graham personifies the Hippocratic Oath. Her dedication to her patients is immense. She is never too busy to discuss a case with colleagues or to agree to see a patient who needs her expertise. Her kindness, dignity and grace add to the ‘total package’ – she has really served as a role model for so many.”
In Dr. Graham’s own words:
What does being a doctor mean to you?
After 50 years of practice, I remain enthusiastic and eager to get to work so that I can care for my patients. Educating patients about overall wellbeing and the importance of diet to the health of the skin is my pleasure. Being a doctor is about compassionate, considerate and cost-effective care.”
Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?
During the 35 years I practiced in Wilson, NC, I worked with Dr. Josephine Newell (a previous president of the NCMS) on developing the Country Doctor Museum to honor my father and other country doctors of the past. With my husband, Dr. James Graham, I funded the Graham Dermatopathology Library at Wake Forest School of Medicine, which is a unique and extensive collection of slides that is used for the benefit of physicians, scientists, and students around the world.”
How would you use the award money?
I would use the winnings to help educate my grandchildren. I would also give charitable donations to my church, relief organizations and a donation in Dr. Josephine Newell’s memory to the Country Doctor Museum.”