Robert F. Graboyes, MSHA, PhD

Contact information @ www.robertgraboyes.com




Dr. Robert F. Graboyes is Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. He is lead researcher on the Mercatus Center’s portfolio of research examining the economics of health care.  He works with policy makers, members of the media, and graduate students to apply that research to advance an understanding of how to improve the provision of health care in the United States in a fiscally sustainable way. He also teaches health economics in master's and doctoral programs at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. In recent years, he has also taught at George Mason University and at The George Washington University.


Dr. Graboyes was Senior Healthcare Advisor for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in Washington, DC throughout the debate that led to PPACA/Obamacare and through NFIB’s subsequent lawsuit that reached the U.S. Supreme Court (2007-2013). Before that, he was associate professor of economics at the University of Richmond (2002-2007), economist and education director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (1989-2002), and Chase Manhattan Bank's economist for Sub-Saharan Africa (1983-1988). In 2000 and 2007, he was Visiting Scholar at the Kazakhstan School of Public Health in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, master's degrees from the College of William and Mary, Columbia University, and Virginia Commonwealth University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. His writings and other information can be found at www.robertgraboyes.com.


Outside of work, Dr. Graboyes has led the National Economists Club, the Richmond Association for Business Economics, and the Healthcare Roundtable of the National Association for Business Economics. He plays piano and guitar (jazz, classical, and Latin); studies foreign languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese); reads history, science, architecture, etc.; cooks; and engages in swimming, biking, and other physical activities.