Dr. Este Geraghty, MD, MS, MPH, CPH, GISP, is the Chief Medical Officer at Esri where she leads strategy and messaging for the Health and Human Services sector. During her time at Esri, Dr. Geraghty has helped organizations around the world use location intelligence to combat Zika virus, finish the fight against polio, grapple with the opioid crisis, combat homelessness, enhance health preparedness and response, inform strategic planning, optimize healthcare access, and traverse the COVID-19 pandemic while tackling inequity. She is passionate about helping health organizations harness The Science of WhereTM to unlock data’s full potential across the sector. She strongly believes that a geographic approach to problem solving can provide new insights, inform decision-making, and improve resource allocation. Her mission is to transform health by applying a location strategy that increases efficiencies, facilitates collaboration, and improves lives at local and global scales.
Formerly the Deputy Director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics, with the California Department of Public Health (2013-2014), Dr. Geraghty led the state vital records and public health informatics programs. There she engaged in statewide initiatives in meaningful use, health information exchange, and interoperability. She also led the development and launch of the state’s first health open data portal which now hosts datasets from all 12 health and human services departments.
From 2007 to 2015, Dr. Geraghty served as associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of California at Davis. Her research focused on using spatial insights to influence health policy and advance community development programs. She has authored research in diabetes outcomes, pesticide exposure modeling, statewide mental health access and utilization, asset and disparity mapping of youth outcomes, telemedicine, and WIC program resource planning.
Dr. Geraghty received her medical degree from UC Davis in 2002. She completed an internal medicine internship at the University of Utah and her residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. She has been graduated from two fellowship programs, one in primary care outcomes research and the other in health leadership. Dr. Geraghty also has degrees in Medical Informatics (MS) and Public Health (MPH), is a certified public health professional (CPH), and a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). She was the recipient of two Larry L. Sautter Golden Awards. One was for innovation in Information Technology as a part of a team developing an electronic medical record data discovery solution and the other was for a community development effort called, “Putting Youth on the Map.” In 2020, Dr. Geraghty was featured in the Emmy Award winning documentary, “Geospatial Revolution: Mapping the Pandemic.” In 2021, she was named by HIMSS as one of the most influential women in Health IT. And in 2022, she was listed as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in Medicine by Women We Admire.