From University leadership to the top health care post of the United States, Dr. David Satcher is committed to improving public health policy and eliminating health disparities for underserved communities.
From 1977 to 1979, he served as the Interim Dean of CDU, and was responsible for negotiating the agreement with UCLA School of Medicine and the Board of Regents for the CDU/UCLA medical education program. He then moved on to serve as professor and Chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Practice at Morehouse School of Medicine from 1979 to 1982. Beginning in 1998, Satcher served a 4-year term as 16th Surgeon General of the United States. 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. Today, he is Director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine with a mission to develop a diverse group of public health leaders, foster and support leadership strategies, and influence policies toward the reduction and ultimate elimination of disparities in health.[More CDU Stories]