Press Release

Release Date: December 13, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



  • Dr. Charles Grim

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 13, 2018): The Chickasaw Nation has appointed an accomplished health care administrator, medical professional and leader to the role of Secretary of Health. Dr. Charles Grim will officially become Secretary in mid-January bringing with him decades of proven experience in Indian health services including an appointment from President George W. Bush as the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) from 2002 to 2007.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Grim lead our growing department of health," said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. "His depth of knowledge, previous successes and leadership in successfully operating and managing extensive tribal health care enterprises will advance our goal of providing the highest quality care possible to our citizens and other Native Americans. I look forward to working with Dr. Grim and charting a promising future for our department of health. He is the right person to move us forward as we expand our health care system as part of building a model operation.”

Prior to his role as Secretary of Health, Dr. Grim served as the Executive Director of Health Services for the Cherokee Nation. Before that, he worked as the IHS Director where he administered the nationwide multi-billion-dollar health care delivery program. Dr. Grim is also a retired Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Services (USPHS).

He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry in 1983, where he was recently named Alumni of the Year. He is board certified in Dental Public Health and a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.

In addition to his dentistry degree, Dr. Grim also holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan, one of the top healthcare management programs in the nation. Dr. Grim is an Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

“I am deeply honored to join the Chickasaw Nation as Secretary of Health," said Dr. Grim. "While I am appreciative to the Cherokee Nation for the wonderful past opportunity, I am excited about continuing my health care career with the Chickasaw Nation. I look forward to using my experience, talents and energy to work with the team to meet our shared goal of consistently delivering the highest level of care compassionately and responsively to everyone who seeks medical service from one of our clinics or hospital.”