Meet the Grahams
James H. Graham & Gloria F. Graham
Dr. James H. Graham, MD
James H. Graham, M.D. was born on April 25, 1921 next to the Mexican border on a farm near Calexico, CA. As a young boy, he would sit on a ditch bank of a farm near Westmorland, CA and daydream about becoming a physician. In 1936, as a sophomore in high school, he was the only male in his typing class of 64 students. In June 1939, he graduated from high-school and when WWII started, he joined the Navy and was assigned to the Gulf Sea Frontier Convoy Control Center in Key West, FL. By January 1943 he was assigned to the office of Navy Captain William I. Causey who was a graduate of the Naval Academy in 1913. His typing skills were recognized and subsequently he was appointed as Captain’s Orderly. With the approval of his Captain, he had the opportunity to be assigned to Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he completed his pre-med coursework and continued on to the Medical College of Alabama, Birmingham, AL and graduated in June 1949. Dr. Graham completed his dermatology training at UCLA in June 1956 and in August of 1958 he completed a fellowship in Dermatopathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Washington, D.C.
From 1956 until 2003 Dr. Graham was enthusiastic about taking photomicrographs dealing with Dermatopathology. This enthusiasm is evident by the extensive collection he has so generously donated to the Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC in 1997. Dr. Graham has also been incredibly involved in the dermatology and medical community through 26 hospital and research positions, 16 teaching and University appointments, membership in over 35 organizations, hundreds of publications, and thousands of lectures. He has been recognized throughout his career by over 65 honors and awards including served as Vice President of the American Academy of Dermatology 1980 - 1981, Founder's Award, American Society of Dermatopathology, 1990, Distinguished Alumnus, University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association, 1994, and Distinguished Achievement Award at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2007.
Dr. Gloria F. Graham, MD
Gloria F. Graham, M.D. was born in Durham, NC and grew up in Pilot Mountain, NC. She was inspired by her father’s own practice of medicine and love of skin to become a dermatologist. Dr. Graham completed both her undergraduate degree and Doctor of Medicine at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. She left North Carolina for a short time to pursue her dermatology residency at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA but returned and has served at different times on the attending faculty at UNC, Duke, and Wake Forest University. She had her own practice for over 35 years in Wilson, NC.
She is well-known for accomplishments in cryosurgery and was a founder of the American College of Cryosurgery, but was also one of a group of women involved in the creation of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and is co- founder of the Country Doctor Museum. She was an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Wake Forest School of Medicine from 2001 – 2004 and then returned to private practice in Morehead City, NC. She has held over 100 professional appointments, written over 100 publications and has received many honors and awards, including the Rose Hirschler Award from the Women’s Dermatologic Society, Practitioner of the Year in 1999 , the Evert C. Fox Award from the American Academy of Dermatology in 2001, and Distinguished Achievement Award at Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2007.