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Thomas Graham

Thomas J. Graham, M.D.

• Chief Health Innovation & Strategy Officer, Tavistock Group
• Global Chairman, Lake Nona Institute
• CEO, Global Hemisphere, LLC

Thomas J. Graham, MD, is a renowned surgeon, healthcare executive, inventor/entrepreneur and author. He is the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer for Tavistock Group, the international private investment conglomerate founded by Joe Lewis, with over 200 holdings in a dozen countries. Graham also serves as the Global Chairman of the Lake Nona Institute, the non-profit organization that focuses on the development and sustainability of Lake Nona Medical City as the world’s most connected, intelligent community and the “living laboratory” for healthcare transformation and medical innovation. Graham founded Global Hemisphere, LLC, with Tavistock and other strategic partners as a platform for advisory and intellectual property commercialization that stimulates community economic development.

Formerly, Dr. Graham served as the first Chief Innovation Officer and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  Prior to returning to Cleveland, Graham was Chief of the Congressionally-designated National Hand Center in Baltimore, the largest specialty practice of its kind. His extensive clinical expertise in surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow with special concentration on complicated reconstruction after trauma, complex elbow disorders and congenital hand surgery is well-known. His practice is recognized as the premier destination for the care of the professional athlete’s hand and wrist, worldwide and he has served as the Hand Surgery Consultant or Team Physician for numerous teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL, as well as the PGA and LPGA.

Graham is credited as one of the pioneers of mission-driven innovation, the development of intellectual property from academic settings for the purpose on improving and extending human life and creating regional economic opportunity. His expertise as an innovator, serial entrepreneur and prolific inventor with nearly 50 patents was chronicled in his best-selling book, Innovation the Cleveland Clinic Way published by McGraw Hill.

A graduate of Williams College, he received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the famed Indiana Hand Center, with additional training in Elbow Surgery at Mayo Clinic. He completed the two-year Executive Management Program in Healthcare Administration, jointly sponsored by Cleveland Clinic and the Weatherhead School of Business of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Graham has been involved in multiple civic initiatives and organizations, especially those which advance innovation, community health and economic prosperity.  These include his Chairmanship of the Executive Advisory Board for the Global Center for Health Innovation and BioEnterprise in northwest Ohio. He also served as a Board Member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Graham is married to his childhood sweetheart, CeCe, and they have two adult daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth.  He enjoys golf, outdoor activities, travel and anatomic drawing.