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DHHS Secretary appoints new state Medicaid director

Release Date: March 26, 2009
Contact: Renee McCoy, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler today announced the appointment of Dr. Craigan L. Gray to oversee the state’s Medicaid program.

Dr. Gray is scheduled to start on April 27 as the Director of the Division of Medical Assistance, the DHHS division that last year provided Medicaid services to 1.6 million people, or one out of five North Carolinians.  The Division expended more than $9 billion in the last fiscal year in health services and premiums.

“I am excited that Dr. Gray’s training and experience in medicine and the law as well as practical skills in business management, both in Kentucky and here in North Carolina, make him an outstanding choice to lead our state’s Medicaid program,” said Sec. Cansler. “He is exactly the type of dynamic leader that Gov. Perdue and I discussed bringing on board at DHHS to help us manage this complex program that provides much needed and necessary services to our fellow citizens.”

“North Carolina’s progressive, forward-thinking medical communities form the strong provider base needed to lead the changes in health care required in the future,” Dr. Gray said.  

 Dr. Gray is currently vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at the Bon Secours Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, Ky.  He was chairman and managing director of Employee Benefit Trust in Asheville from 1995-2002 as well as a physician and medical community leader at Mission/St. Joseph’s Hospitals.  In 1975, he co-founded and was the senior managing physician of Asheville Women’s Medical Center.

Dr. Gray is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and a straight medical internship at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  He is a Stanford University trained obstetrician and gynecologist and is a board-certified member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.   He also served a preceptorship in the surgical management of breast cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.  He is a 2005 graduate of the Regent University School of Law, Virginia, and is a member of the North Carolina and Tennessee bar.  Dr. Gray also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Carolina University.