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Medical News & Perspectives
May 1, 2002

The Surgeon General Moves On

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JAMA. 2002;287(17):2199-2200. doi:10.1001/jama.287.17.2199

As surgeon general of the United States, David Satcher, MD, PhD, opened millions of eyes to such often-neglected health problems as obesity, mental illness, and suicide. Since leaving his high-profile post in February, he's been tackling another tough topic: trying to convince people that they can make a difference by working in government.

In the fall, Satcher becomes director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Until then, his work as a senior fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation is focused on writing an account of his years in government as surgeon general of the United States, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and assistant secretary for health with the US Department of Health and Human Services.