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October 11, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(2):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090150119055

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New Surgeon General.—  President Johnson nominated a Public Health Service career officer, William H. Stewart, MD, to be US Surgeon General.Dr. Stewart, 44, director of the National Heart Institute, will succeed Luther Terry, MD, who is resigning to be vice-president of the University of Pennsylvania.In announcing the appointment, President Johnson told reporters:"At this time in our history it is essential that the Public Health Service be led by a man of high intellectual capacity with a proven gift of leadership. This is a combination found in few candidates. I am convinced that Dr. Stewart is such a man. He is young, imaginative, energetic, devoted to his profession and dedicated to the great work which this government is determined to carry out for the betterment of all mankind."Dr. Stewart gave up a pediatric practice in Alexandria, La, in 1951 to join the PHS Commissioned Corps. He is

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