Robert E. Graham, MD, MPH, ABIHM, FACP is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
Dr. Graham received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hospital in New York City. New York, NY where he received the community service award. He received a Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health while completing two additional fellowships in General Internal Medicine/Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School. He completed an additional fellowship in Medical Education at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also completed course work in Mind/Body Medicine, Positive Psychology, Lifestyle Medicine, and Botanical and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Currently, he is the Director of Resident Research, and the Director of Integrative Health in the Department of Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital, where he also maintains his integrative medicine clinical practice. Upon returning to Lenox Hill, in 2009, Dr. Graham received the prestigious “Attending of the Year” award from Lenox Hill Hospital for his excellence in mentoring and teaching.
Dr. Graham has been an innovator and leader in the field of Integrative Medicine for nearly ten years. He has developed an innovative cooking/nutrition program to provide residents with the skills they need to model healthy cooking and eating behaviors to their patients. In 2010, Dr. Graham’s first “Fare Share” event was featured in Wall Street Journal, “Teaching Healthy Ways to Doctors in the Kitchen.” Twice a year since October 2012, he has taught over 100 medical residents how to prepare a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal, on Mondays to support The Meatless Monday/Healthy Monday’s campaigns at the Natural Gourmet Institute. Most recently, on National Doctor day, Farewellness was featured in the METRO. To document his journey, he started a facebook and tumblr page, called FareWellness.
In June 2012, the “Lenox CHill Initiative” was born: a month-long weekly yoga course for medical residents led by Dr. Graham and his wife Julie, a 500-Hour certified yoga teacher. The initiative’s mission is to bring yoga and the relaxation response into the hospital setting in order to help medical residents and faculty better manage work-related stressors, positively impact employee health, and increase academic and clinical performance. We have expanded the program to other departments as well. The story was televised on multiple days on the NY1 Channel.
Since June 2013, Dr. Graham has also been working on “Victory Greens,” the first educational and edible rooftop garden. The Lenox Hill Hospital cafeteria has been eating the fruits of his labor. On May 14, 2014, the NY POST Health section covered the opening of the rooftop, entitled “Growing Concerns.” The garden has been featured on the NBC Today Show, Fox 5 News, and NY1.
A member of several medical associations, Dr. Graham has authored various publications, including a 2005 seminal article in the Journal of the National Medical Association on the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S. Dr. Graham is recognized as a national leader in the fields of Complementary and Alternative/Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Health Disparities and Cultural Competency and has spoken extensively about his research endeavors throughout the U.S.
He has appeared on NBC Today Show, Fox 5 News, ABC Eyewitness News, CBS News, NY1 and is regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Newsday, Daily News, NY Post, and WebMD.
Read our Q&A with Robert on the Ecocentric blog.