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David Satcher, MD, PhD
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David Satcher is director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. The Institute’s programs reflect his experience in improving public health policy and his commitment to eliminating health disparities for underserved groups and the poor and shedding light on neglected issues. Sworn in as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States in 1998, Dr. Satcher's tenure of public service also includes serving as assistant secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Dr. Satcher has received over 40 honorary degrees and numerous top awards from the National Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Additional honors include being named a Macy Foundation Fellow, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Kaiser Family Foundation. He serves on the board of directors of Johnson and Johnson, MetLife, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and locally on the board of United Way and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Dr. Satcher holds a BS degree from Morehouse College and MD and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. A proponent of healthy lifestyles through physical activity and good nutrition, Dr. Satcher is an avid runner, rower and gardener.

Entries by David Satcher, MD, PhD

Inside the Healthy Mind

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:12 PM

By David Satcher M.D. and Mehmet Oz M.D.

Pixar recently released an intriguing new movie this week that playfully follows an adolescent and her parents through the lens of their five personified emotions -- fear, anger, joy sadness, disgust. The title Inside Out tells the whole story since this is...

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Making the Shift from Raising Awareness to Raising Healthy Kids

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 11:55 AM

Our healthcare system is criticized for a greater focus on treating versus preventing disease and for not always supporting behavioral changes that lead to positive health outcomes. But many diseases, such as type II diabetes, heart disease, overweight and obesity, are complex societal issues, which many facets of society, and...

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Are We Doing It All Wrong?: Is Increasing Classroom Minutes Hurting Academic Achievement?

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 11:20 AM

For the past decade, practically every segment of our society has considered the issues of child health and childhood obesity. It's First Lady Michelle Obama's signature cause. Our military leaders label it a crisis of national security.

At one time, Americans raised an eyebrow when the term "epidemic"...

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What Happens in Schools Today Can Make a Difference in the Success of Our Nation Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 10:11 AM

According to a report published by Harvard this year, the U.S. ranks 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading compared to 30 other countries. While there are undoubtedly many diverse reasons for these low rankings, multiple factors influencing a child's ability to learn in school...

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