Cornelius “Skip” Granai, Jr., MD
Dr. Granai is the director of women’s oncology at Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, executive chief of Oncology for Care New England, and a professor at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
Dr. Granai’s medical degree is from the University of Vermont, and his residency and Gynecologic Oncology fellowship were completed at Tufts University. He is the founder of the International Health Foundation, dedicated to education and care in Caribbean countries. Dr. Granai’s honors include those from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics for teaching, being a University of Vermont outstanding alumnus, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Cancer Society. He is an advocate for breast disease education, which is incorporated into the gynecologic oncology fellowship he directs.
Son of revered Cornelius O. (“Ki”) Granai, Jr., FACOG, of Vermont who delivered 10,000 babies, Dr. Granai, a would-be poet, encourages “P-values” and “h (heart)-values” as equal parts of best medicine and caring. Dr. Granai is known for inspirational and colorful presentations. He speaks with passion and humor about life’s “random chances” we unknowingly have in common. He defines “the guiding question” for physicians as “What would you want done for your loved one under those circumstances?” Dr. Granai believes that, for the sake of patients, physicians must remain in “the good fight.” To do this, physicians must avoid being demoralized, which can be achieved by advocating strongly for what they learn is right from being at the bedside and by remembering the timeless values and privilege that brought them to medicine.