16th US Surgeon General, Former Assistant Secretary for Health, Former Director of the CDC & Founder of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse College
Sworn in on February 13, 1998, Dr. David Satcher became the second person in history to ever hold the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health simultaneously. He is director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, which was established in 2006 at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. The Institute’s mission is to develop a diverse group of public health leaders, foster and support leadership strategies, and influence policies toward the reduction—and, ultimately, the elimination—of disparities in health. The Institute’s programs reflect Dr. Satcher’s demonstrated track record in improving public health policy and his commitment to eliminating health disparities for underserved groups, such as minorities and the poor, and shedding light on neglected issues, such as mental and sexual health. Read More >
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Smoking and Public Health
Dr. David Satcher is one of the most widely known and well-regarded physicians of our time. A former four-star admiral in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Surgeon General of the United States, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before founding the eponymous Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse College. At the core of his impact on public health, he is also a lifelong leader for civil rights and health equity. Born black and poor in the deep South, Dr. Satcher was a victim of an unjust health care system: he almost died of whooping cough at the age of two because Jim Crow laws meant that his black doctor could not admit him to a hospital. That experience was the first of many that shaped him as a leader and a healer deeply attuned to social inequity―someone who was determined to make a positive difference. Read More >
Dr. Satcher takes an inspiring and instructive look inside his own fifty-year career to shed light on the challenge and burden of leadership. Explaining that he has thought of each leadership role―whether in academia, community, or government―as an opportunity to move the needle toward health equity, he shares the hard-won lessons he has learned over a lifetime in the medical field. Drawing on his early memories, medical school days, experience in the civil rights movement, and professional highs and lows, Dr. Satcher touches on a number of topics, including the essential qualities of leadership, the need for workplace discipline and confronting failure. He also talks about health issues, including the obesity epidemic, reproductive health, and mental health stigma and shares a template for using leadership roles of all types to eliminate health disparities. Read Less ^
"He was BETTER than AMAZING!!! He is such a wonderful, warm, brilliant and gracious man. Our thanks to you and to him for helping to make our meeting a stellar event!"
"Dr. Satcher was fabulous--both as a speaker, and a person. He incorporated my theme for the season, and his topic--freedom from want-- beautifully into his remarks. He made our group feel that he was there to talk to them about those specific issues.
And thank you again Trinity for helping me to put together such a great line-up. I could not be happier about how the season went, and very much appreciate all of your ideas and patience as I rejected suggestion after suggestion. It was a pleasure to work with you!"
"He was wonderful…received very, very high marks. We got some really good evaluations back & they all rated him very highly. I got to speak with him for a few minutes and he was just a lovely man. He was great & it's been wonderful working with your organization. A very good choice! Several of the attendees have asked for his slide presentation as well.
His presentation on the condition of our healthcare system and the public’s health was one of the highlights of the Summit and received rave reviews from our members…Thank you again for such an “eye-opening” presentation, and for helping to make our Summit a success."
"Everything went well. Dr. Satcher did an excellent job. He was inspirational and inspiring. We ran late because of rainy weather, and LA drivers don't do too well in the rain. Plus there was a conference going on before us, that the hotel was late in clearing. But we did make up some time. In spite of it all, it was a good night. I think Dr. Satcher had a good time also."
"We were also thrilled that you so graciously mingled with our guests, both Saturday evening and Sunday after our Commencement ceremony. It was surely a high point for students and families alike to be able to talk so easily with you."
"We have received wonderful comments regarding your presentation and the program in general. Your comments were timely and motivating. We could not have imagined a better kick-off to our efforts to encourage the Mobile faith-based community to prioritize health among its parishioners. We are especially grateful for agreeing to come to Mobile on relatively short notice given the demands and requests on your time."
"Your presentation on the condition of our health care system and our public’s health was one of the highlights of the Summit and received rave reviews from our members. Thank you again for such an “eye-opening” presentation, and or helping to make our Summit a success."
"Your talk was both informative and inspirational. You have provided us with clear direction for prioritizing our future research efforts. Given your tremendously busy schedule, we really appreciate that you took the time to share your knowledge and vision with the audience. Clearly, you will always have a home at Drew."
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