Advancement council

Major General ELDER GRANGER, M.D.

President and CEO
Centennial, Colo.

Major General Granger became president and CEO of THE 5Ps, LLC, a health care, education, and leadership consulting organization on August 6, 2009.  

After 37 years of service, MG Granger retired from the US Army on July 1, 2009 as the deputy director and program executive officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, D.C. 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. MG 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, MG 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, with previous assignments as commander, 44th Medical Command; XVIII airborne corps command surgeon and director of health services, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; commander, Europe Regional Medical Command, 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; and commander, Ireland Army Community Hospital, Fort Knox, Kentucky. He also attended Army War College, Carlisle Barrack, Pennsylvania. 

MG 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, 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 also has a CERT-certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University, is certified in Health Care Compliance by HCCA, and is a certified Compliance Officer by AAPC. 

His several professional affiliations include: member of the National Association of Health Services Executives, American Medical Association; life member, the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives; Governance Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors; member and fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives; member and laureate, American College of Physicians; life member and fellow, American Association for Physician Leadership; and as member and fellow, American College of Medical Quality. He is on the Board of Directors for Defense Logistic Health, Cigna, Cerner, and Berg Health. He serves as a Board of Trustee at Rosalind Franklin University, on the Arkansas State University Chancellor Cabinet, and the Meharry Medical College School of Applied Computational Sciences Advancement Council. 

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University in 1976 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980. MG Granger completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Aurora, Colorado. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Meharry Medical College in 2009.