Valerie Garrett, MD, MPH

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Valerie Garrett, MD, MPH

Executive Director, Quality Initiatives 

Valerie Garrett, MD, MPH is the Executive Director of Quality Initiatives. Dr. Garrett graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1993. She completed internal medicine residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1996 before joining the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer from 1999 to 2001. She obtained a masters of public health fellowship from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015.

Dr. Garrett has worked as a hospitalist since 2008, joining the Mission Health System in Asheville, NC in 2010. She quickly became involved in quality initiatives for patients with diabetes and in 2012 assumed the role of medical director, overseeing inpatient and outpatient care at the Mission Health Diabetes Center. During this period, she led an interdisciplinary team to standardize and improve glycemic management in Mission Health hospitals, developed a highly skilled diabetes advanced practitioner team and introduced Mission Hospital to Glucommander for use in cardiac surgery patients. From 2016 to 2018, Dr. Garrett focused exclusively on inpatient care when she assumed the role of medical director for a 75-person hospitalist group.

Dr. Garrett joined Glytec in 2018. Her strong and enduring professional interest is in the intersection between clinical medicine and population health, especially in the hospital setting. She is drawn to the needs of patients with diabetes and works to build system solutions to ensure safe and effective inpatient glycemic management while engaging patients to achieve long term glycemic control for best health outcomes.