Graham Rachal experienced a medical emergency when he was around 12 years old and it altered the course of his life.
“My appendix ruptured, and I had no idea of what was going on,” said Graham. “Everybody in the hospital impressed me so much and it helped me so much I realized that this is what I want to do with my life. I want to help people. I decided I wanted to be in health care.”
The new Kellogg Clinic Medical Director comes to Heritage Health from Shreveport, Louisiana. He is married to Anna and together they have two young children.
The Louisiana native believes in empowering the patient to be in charge of their own health and wellbeing.
“I am like a waiter. I come in and you ask, ‘Hey, what’s good on the menu,’” says Graham. “I will tell you what the best options, but ultimately it’s up to you. The patient is in charge. Then I turn into a coach and a cheerleader for you.”
Graham is a huge sports fan. He also loves technology. Graham enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs. “I am a nerd and I love sports,” said Graham. “I love my family and being at home with them.”
Graham graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana with a degree in nursing. He then earned a Master’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree in Nursing Practice from the University of South Alabama.
Graham played college football for Northwestern State University and he plays the guitar.