Graham Adams, PhD

Chief Executive Officer


Dr. Graham Adams serves as the Chief Executive Officer and provides overall supervision and direction for the South Carolina Office of Rural Health. He has been with the SC Office of Rural Health since 1995 and has served in a variety of capacities. As the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adams is responsible for developing and executing long and short-range goals to fulfill the mission and vision of the organization. In this role, he provides technical assistance to individuals and organizations regarding strategic planning, grant development, funding opportunities, infrastructure development and resource allocation. Dr. Adams consistently strives to work collaboratively with clinicians, administrators, educators, legislators, community and civic leaders and state and federal agencies to improve access to quality health care in rural communities.


Prior to his role as the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adams served as the State Director of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program which is a federal initiative designed to assist small rural hospitals in improving their financial status. He also served as the State Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Southern Rural Access Program, Associate Director, and Special Projects Director during his tenure with the SC Office of Rural Health.


Dr. Adams received a doctorate in health administration and a masters of public health degree from the University of South Carolina. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Dr. Adams is married and has two sons and a daughter.