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Herman Gray, MD, MBA

Herman Gray, MD, MBA

President and CEO

Subject Matter Expert

Health Care Administration, Child Advocacy and Nonprofit Management

Alma Maters

M.D. - University of Michigan; MBA - University of Tennessee

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My mother was probably my most important role model. She used her talents and perseverance to run a small nursing home for women, having no formal business experience or training. While she only had a high school education, she highly valued education. Because of that, both of her children are highly accomplished.

My mother taught me to treat all people with respect and dignity. She was an exemplar of kindness and generosity. She taught us the importance of hard work, faith and to appreciate the beauty of flowers, music and art. Through her, I learned that we are only limited by our dreams. 

Full Biography

Herman Gray, MD, MBA, FAAP, is President and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan. He was appointed to his current post in September 2015.

Before Herman's appointment to United Way, he served as the executive vice president of pediatric health services at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). Prior to this role, Herman served as the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) president and chief executive officer for eight years, after serving as the chief operating officer and chief of staff. Herman’s background in academic medicine, managed care and public health includes Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (GME) and Vice President for GME at Wayne State University School of Medicine and the DMC respectively, Vice Chief for Education/Pediatric Residency Program Director, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Vice President and Medical Director of Clinical Affairs for Blue Care Network (a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan subsidiary) and Chief Medical Consultant for the Michigan Department of Public Health Division of Children’s Special Health Care Services. Prior to his formal administrative career, Herman was a private practice pediatrician in Detroit for ten years.

Herman has served on the boards of national, state and local professional and community organizations including currently serving on the U.S. Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), the Children’s Hospital Association board of directors, the Children’s Hospitals International Executives Forum, The Skillman Foundation Board (vice chair) and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Board (vice chair).

Recognized for his community involvement, volunteerism and passionate child advocacy, Herman has received numerous honors including being inducted into the Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children: CATCH Hall of Fame. He was named a Top 25 Minority Executive in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine and Ambassador of the Year by Ambassador Magazine. He has been recognized by United Way for Southeastern Michigan as a Billboard Community Leader, Humanitarian of the Year by the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, and Outstanding Physician Leader of the Year by the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration. He is also a recipient of the Health Care Leadership Award from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, and the Martin Luther King Award from the Plymouth United Church of Christ.

Herman received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He and his wife, Shirley, have two accomplished daughters.