University of Pittsburgh
March 11, 2001


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PITTSBURGH, March 12 -- David Satcher, M.D., Surgeon General of the United States, will be the main speaker at the University of Pittsburgh's 2001 commencement ceremonies beginning at 2 p.m., on Sunday, April 29, at the Mellon Arena.

Satcher was sworn in as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States on February 13, 1998, with a stated aim to listen to the American people and respond with effective programs that make public health work for all groups in the nation. He served simultaneously in the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001. He also held the posts of director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from 1993 to 1998.

Before joining the Administration, he was president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1982 to 1993.

Satcher served as professor and chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Practice at Morehouse School of Medicine from 1979 to 1982. He is a former faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine and Public Health and the King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he developed and chaired the King-Drew Department of Family Medicine. From 1977 to 1979, he served as the interim dean of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, during which time he negotiated the agreement with UCLA School of Medicine and the Board of Regents that led to a medical education program at King-Drew. He also directed the King-Drew Sickle Cell Research Center for six years.

Satcher is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Macy Faculty Fellow. He is the recipient of 18 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including top awards from the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and Ebony magazine. In 1995, he received the Breslow Award in Public Health and, in 1997, the New York Academy of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award. He also has received the Bennie Mays Trailblazer Award and the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Satcher graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1963 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 with election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He did residency/fellowship training at Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester, UCLA, and King-Drew.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Physicians.

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