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Former Surgeon General Satcher to speak Sept. 18

Sep. 11, 2019, 1:08 PM


by Bill Snyder

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD, will deliver the 10th annual David Satcher Lecture at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 18, in room 208 Light Hall.

David Satcher, MD, PhD

His talk, part of the Flexner Dean’s Lecture Series, is titled “Revisiting the highs and lows of public health practice.”

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by the end of the day Friday, Sept. 13.

Satcher is founding director and senior advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, established in 2006 at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta to “promote policies and practices that will reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in health.”

He also is professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Family Medicine, and Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse.

A native of Anniston, Alabama, Satcher earned his MD and PhD from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

He served as president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville from 1982 to 1993, when he was appointed director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta.

In 1998 Satcher became the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, a position he held until 2002. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

During his tenure as Surgeon General, Satcher spearheaded development of the Healthy People 2010 report, which addressed the urgent need to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. He also released the first-ever Surgeon General’s reports on mental health, suicide prevention, oral health, sexual health and obesity.

Satcher has received numerous honors including the Albert Schweitzer Award for Humanitarianism, the Julius Richmond Award from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Champion of Change Award from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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