U.S. Surgeon General Addresses University Community

Posted: February 8, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher presents “Minority Health Issues: A Discussion” at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10, in the Johnson Center Cinema. Health Education Services offers a health information fair as part of the program.

Satcher was appointed the 16th surgeon general of the United States by President Clinton on Feb. 13, 1998. He also serves as assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Before this appointment, Satcher had served the Clinton administration since 1993 as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Before entering public service, Satcher held notable positions in higher education as a teacher, administrator, and researcher. He is the recipient of 18 honorary degrees and numerous honors, including recognition from the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He received the New York Academy of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, and the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind in 1999.

Satcher earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in 1963, and his medical and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. As the nation’s leading spokesman on public health issues, Satcher hopes to be known as the surgeon general “who listens to the American people and who responds with effective programs.”

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